An employee handbook is often your first line of defense in a workplace or employment dispute. More importantly, an employee handbook helps to set the tone for building a positive workplace culture, employee loyalty, workplace rights, and retaining employees. It also conveys a sincere desire to communicate clearly with your employees.
Don’t think you have to include every law or process. Overall, employee handbooks are meant to serve as a general guide related to the details that arise with operating your business. You’ll want to include the essential elements that directly affect you and your employees.
Addressing how anti-discrimination and equal employment opportunities are handled is a must. The Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) requires that you specify how your business adheres to non-discrimination and equal employment opportunity laws related to hiring and promotion.
While the Federal Department of Labor doesn’t require the creation of an employee handbook, you’re required to inform your employees of their rights in the workplace—whether through visible workplace signage or a formal manual. Smart small business owners opt for both, so they have all their bases covered.
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