Employee handbooks are important, everyone knows, and yet they tend to be neglected by both companies and employees. While your handbook may not be as exciting as a New York Times Bestseller, you need to take the time to review and update it due to the possibility of serious legal ramifications.
Your employee handbook can be a significant, if not one of the most important pieces of evidence in an employment lawsuit. It can either help protect your company or provide valuable ammunition to the person who is suing your business.
It is essential that your employee handbook is comprehensive, up-to-date, compliant, easily understandable, and readily available to all employees. It may be wise to implement a handbook acknowledgment form for all new employees and whenever you update it to avoid a person stating they were unaware of a policy during a lawsuit.
Common Employee Handbook Policy Legal Mistakes
The following areas are some of the most common legal mistakes employers make with their employee handbook. Review these issues within your own employee handbook or contact Austin Benefits Group for assistance. We provide handbook writing, review and design services free for all of our clients.
Because your employee handbook is so important, consider having legal counsel review it periodically to help keep your company out of legal trouble. Don’t forget to download our Employee Handbook Checklist for free!
This article is not intended to be exhaustive nor should any discussion or opinions be construed as legal advice.
Readers should contact legal counsel for legal advice.