Common mistakes in employee handbooks

For many companies, the employee handbook is a necessary tool that lays out the rules and expectations of employee conduct. Often loaded with lots of useful information, handbooks can also be flawed. Fortunately, there are tips businesses can follow to ensure a company handbook is properly formatted.

According to the website AllBusiness, handbooks should be reviewed by an attorney. Businesses should include federal and state employment laws in the handbook and, as such, the material should be vetted. Misquoting laws can leave a company and employee open to confusing and unnecessary conflicts.

Employee handbooks can express the proper directives without forcing employees to read hundreds of pages of legal jargon plus company policy. The best handbook, according to AllBusiness, is one that properly communicates all legal issues without drowning the employee in reading.

However, companies should clarify that the employee handbook is not a contract. Although the handbook contains strict company rules, it is flexible and can be changed at the company's discretion. A disclaimer will clarify any confusion on the employee's part.

Disseminating a handbook is a valuable practice, AllBusiness stresses. It helps the company run in a more organized fashion while offering employees a clear picture of business operations and values.

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