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Why you need a handbook

What does a handbook do?

  • Protects At-Will status
  • Introduces employees to the organization’s culture
  • Communicates what is expected of employees
  • Educates employees on what to expect of the organization
  • Ensure compliance with federal, state, and local laws
  • Tells employees where they can go for help
  • Helps defend against employee lawsuits

5 Mistakes often made in Handbooks

  • Not prominently displaying an express disclaimer that the handbook is not intended to create a contract
  • Not applying procedures and policies consistently for ALL employees, no matter whether exempt or non-exempt
  • Not creating a policy against improper wage deductions and a procedure for employees to pursue corrections
  • Not including policies on major legal requirements, such as FMLA and ADA
  • Not keeping your handbook current and compliant with the latest laws, regulations, rulings, and opinions

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