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Considerations For Employee Training (Handbook And Policy Drafting)

An employee handbook is a guide and an ever-changing document used by employers that states their company policies, history and culture for current and new employees. Human resources experts agree that the best practice is to start a handbook as soon as you hire your first employee, as it sets the company’s expectations and can protect you legally. On this page, we’ve provided some general guidance, but it is always best to work directly with an attorney to create custom documents for your business. When that time comes, the attorneys at Rick Law are ready to assist you.

What Issues Are Covered In Your Company Policies?

The following are a few of the main policies you will want to record in your employee handbook:

  1. Joining the team/onboarding
    1. Equal Employment Opportunity Statement
    2. Conflict of interest statement
    3. At-will employee clause
    4. Confidentiality agreement
  2. Code of Conduct
    1. Anti-discrimination and Anti-harassment policies
    2. Dress code
    3. Substance-free workplace policy
    4. Disciplinary action clause
  3. Office Environment
    1. Your work-from-home policy
    2. Hours
    3. Lunch and break times
    4. Use of company equipment
  4. Communication policy
    1. Emails
    2. Use of internet
  5. Compensation and performance reviews
    1. Payroll schedule
    2. Deductions from pay
    3. Job classification
    4. Performance reviews
    5. Salary and bonuses
  6. Benefits
    1. Health
    2. Dental
    3. Eye
    4. 401K Plans
    5. Life Insurance Policies
    6. Vacation
  7. Termination of employment (whether voluntarily or involuntarily)
    1. Last paycheck
    2. Exit Interview

Your employee handbook is a helpful reference as it advises on your office’s culture and standards and the character of your company. It can also help you run your business. If written and used properly, the handbook can be a valuable part of your business.

Contact Us To Learn How We Can Help

To make sure that you have covered your company and provided the best information possible to your employees, contact Rick Law for assistance with writing your employee handbook. You can reach out online or call our office in Pottstown, Pennsylvania, at 610-850-9036

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