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Why a Handbook? The Necessity of Having an Employee Handbook

Why a Handbook? The Necessity of Having an Employee Handbook

By Anthony J. Caruso Jr. of Wessels Sherman Joerg Liszka Laverty Seneczko P.C. posted in Employee Benefits on Tuesday, August 28, 2018.

An employee handbook provides communication between employer and employee. It sets forth the requirements for employees and notifies them what they can expect from your Company as to legal obligations along with employee rights. Also, a written Equal Employment Opportunity statement gives protection to employers.

What should an employer consider in an employee handbook?

Keep it current and remember one size does not fit all states where the Company might do business. In an employee handbook, the employee is the intended audience. It should have a straightforward layout which familiarizes employees with basic policies and benefits.

What are the steps in implementing or revising a handbook?

1. Review your current company policies;

2. Create an outline;

3. Summarize versions of each updated policy and add each summary in the appropriate place according to the outline;

4. Assign a team to review;

5. Submit the final version to legal counsel for review;

6. Select a mean for publication (i.e., hardcopy or online);

7. Distribute handbook to all covered employees;

8. Establish a system for periodic review and updating.

What specific elements and policies should be included in an employee handbook?

I suggest that you attend our upcoming teleseminar to get more information. See our website for complete details.

Questions? Contact Attorney Tony Caruso in our St. Charles office at (630) 377-1554 or by e-mail at

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