Q: What factors should we consider when we develop or update our employee handbook?

A: Your handbook should be updated, approved by legal counsel, and well-communicated to your staff.

The purpose of an employee handbook is to provide guidelines regarding the expectations that you, the employer, have established for employee performance.

To help limit liability, you should:

  • Update the handbook annually.
  • Have an attorney review the handbook.
  • Always be consistent in practice with the policies in the handbook.

In addition, use the following guidelines on how frequently to communicate handbook information:

  • Upon an individual's employment with the organization
  • When you make significant policy changes
  • If you experience significant turnover in staff
Your employee handbook provides rules outlining expectations that you have established for your employees.

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