A good employee handbook is essential for effective people management and litigation prevention. Without one, employees don't know where to turn for basic information on your company policies.
But, don't rely solely on an employee handbook template. Using one may expose you to needless litigation. This frequently happens when you rely on a generic fill-in-the-blank that includes policies that don't apply to your organization.
The workplace-law changes coming from the Trump Administration demand constant compliance vigilance from HR. Plus, the National Labor Relations Board recently issued an important new ruling that forces employers to justify their handbook rules as lawful.
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For example, most employee handbook templates include an FMLA leave policy. But what if your organization isn't covered by that law because you don't employ 50 or more workers? Or those workers are spread geographically over more than 75 miles? Using that template could mean a broken promise lawsuit when an employee relies on your handbook, expecting job-protected leave.
If your employee handbook hasn't been updated in the past six months, it's out of date.
Don't have a handbook at all? It's fine to use a template to get started. But go over it with a fine-tooth comb. Delete any provisions that don't apply. Then take your draft employee manual to your attorney. He or she can best determine whether the finished handbook meets state, local and federal rules.
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Anniken Davenport is a noted employment law attorney and the editor of the HR Specialist state employment law newsletter series. She has authored several books, including Bullet-Proof Your Employee Handbook and Overtime & Other Tricky Pay Issues, published by HR Specialist. She is the co-author of the upcoming Labor & Employment Law for the 21st Century by Prentice Hall. Anniken has served as a professor at Penn State University, where she taught business law and HR management, and she directed the Legal Studies Program at Wilson College. Her legal career includes representing government units in discrimination and other employment law cases and representing school districts in labor negotiations.
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