5 Reasons Why Your Business Needs to Have and Update its Employee Handbook


Employee handbooks are crucial to protect a business from needless lawsuits and assist with smooth business operations. Nevertheless, many employers fail to either implement a handbook or update an existing one. Attached below are the top five reasons your business should implement or update its handbook.

  1. A handbook helps the business comply with its legal obligations to provide employees with written notice of certain legal rights.
  2. A properly implemented anti-harassment and discrimination policy in a handbook demonstrates the business’ commitment to a harassment and discrimination free workplace and assists in providing the business with a defense to civil rights claims.
  3. A handbook clearly and uniformly communicates the business’ policies and expectations, which promotes consistency in the company’s treatment of employees.
  4. A handbook provides a single reference to employees for questions.
  5.  A handbook prevents employees from alleging promises or expectations contrary to those set forth in the handbook.

DISCLAIMER: Because of the generality of this update, the information provided herein may not be applicable in all situations and should not be acted upon without specific legal advice based on particular situations.

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