Draft a Legally Compliant Company Policy Handbook
A Handbook includes Permitted and Prohibited Conduct in the Workplace
An employee handbook is a tool that details the policies and procedures specific to an organization, setting clear expectations for employee rights and obligations. Federal or state laws do not require a handbook. However, they can help protect a company against lawsuits and liability claims such as harassment, discrimination, and wrongful termination. Among other items, a handbook may include the usage of company technology, expected conduct of the staff, substance abuse policies, timekeeping, work breaks, and the confidentiality of business information. A section on termination of employment addresses the practices in place for employees leaving the company.
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The growing incidence of employee-related litigation suggests that written company policy is a business necessity. To avoid the pitfalls of a poorly written document, consulting a business law attorney is within a company’s best interest. At the Downer Law, we ensure that your policies and procedures are compliant with the most current state and federal labor laws. For example, many businesses are subject to the Occupational Safety and Health Act. In this case, the employee handbook should detail safety compliance rules for these companies, including procedures for reporting injuries and accidents.
A well-written handbook can shield a company from an employee who seeks to make a legal claim. A signed receipt of a handbook ensures that an employee has been informed of the company policies and procedures. In the event of a claim against your company, our legal team at the Downer Law have powerful negotiation skills and extensive trial experience with civil litigation and criminal defense background.