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How an Employee Handbook Can Benefit Employers and Employees

Because it is not a legal requirement in California, some employers do not consider drafting an employee handbook. But while it is not a legal requirement, there are many reasons for employers to consider drafting an employee handbook. An employee handbook is an essential communication tool that can offer several benefits to both employers and employees. Below are some of the ways an employee handbook can benefit employers and employees;

Employees are Informed of What is Expected From Them

A well-written employee handbook can give employees a clear understanding of what is expected from them. For instance, an employee handbook can inform employees about their responsibilities in safety, reporting, use of company property, and timekeeping. An employee handbook states how employees should call in sick, request time off, file for vacation leave, and who to go to with questions or concerns about the company’s procedures and policies.

Employees are Informed of Their Benefits

An employee handbook alleviates the burden of explaining the benefits your company offers to each employee from the HR department. Does your benefits package include paid vacation, health insurance, 401(K), paid parental leave, vision insurance, and dental insurance? Include summaries associated with these benefits in your employee handbook. Also, if you offer fun perks, such as retreats, company picnics, and company luncheons, ensure you include them in your employee handbook. In other words, include whatever you think sets you apart from competitors in your employee handbook. This can encourage your best employees to stay with you. It can promote enthusiasm in the workplace.

New Employees are Introduced to the Company’s Mission, Culture, and Values

One of the most crucial aspects of an employee handbook is introducing new employees to the company’s mission, culture, and values. When employees understand what sets a company apart from other companies, how the company became successful, and what the company is passionate about, they will know what they need to do to fit in and help the company continue growing. In other words, a well-written employee handbook can improve productivity among employees since the mission of the company is clear and employees understand what needs to be done.

A Handbook Demonstrates Compliance With State and Federal Rules and Regulations

An employee handbook can help demonstrate that your company complies with state and federal rules and regulations. A handbook can help build a good reputation for your company.

An Employee Handbook Can Protect Your Company Against Lawsuits

An employee handbook can help reduce the number of legal claims filed against your business. And if a current or former employee files a legal claim, a handbook can help you defend yourself. Types of legal claims that may be filed against you include discrimination and wrongful termination claims. Your employee handbook can help you show you have consistent policies and procedures upon which employees are treated.

An Employee Handbook Reduces the Volume of Policy-Related Questions

Finally, with an employee handbook, you can reduce the number of questions you get from employees regarding policies since employees can refer to the handbook.

Contact Us for Legal Guidance

If you opt to create an employee handbook, there are certain policies you must include in it. The policies you must include in an employee handbook are regularly updated, so it is best to retain the services of an employment attorney. Our skilled employment attorneys in San Francisco at SAC Attorneys LLP can help you create an employee handbook. Contact us today to schedule a consultation.

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