A prudent employer will prepare and distribute an employee handbook. A handbook provides clarity to employees regarding your policies and expectations. The absence of a formal handbook or policy manual or a poorly drafted one puts you at a disadvantage to defend yourself should you face a lawsuit. Numerous federal, state, and even local laws affect the content of policies and procedures to be included in such handbooks. These laws are discussed throughout HR Library.
These are some of the sample policies you may wish to include in an employee handbook. Adapt each sample policy to meet the particular needs of your company and review each one carefully.
An employee handbook is one of the best ways to avoid misunderstandings and ensure fair, consistent treatment of employees. Creating a handbook that complies with California and federal laws helps protect your business from lawsuits. For more information on why a handbook is important, read the
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Use CalChamber’s Employee Handbook Creator® tool to clearly communicate company policies and set expectations in an employee handbook you create online. The Employee Handbook Creator® is both Windows and Mac compatible, plus you can conveniently access it from your desktop or tablet.