5 Fundamentals of a Well-Drafted Employment Handbook
Providing a well written employment handbook is critical for all present-day employers. Whether the company is a multi-billion dollar Fortune 500 firm or a small family owned repair shop, having employment policies documented is something a company cannot survive without. For assistance, companies should consider utilizing a Professional Employer Organization, which can greatly help create a quality handbook.
A PEO, or professional employment organization, can craft the handbook, or the company can take on this task. Several key points should be included. The verbiage used should be chosen carefully, leaving very little room for misinterpretation. Here are some basic fundamentals:
1. Is the company abiding by “at-will” employment? Any hire in the USA is considered “at-will” unless there is a binding contract or collective bargaining group (union). In other words, the employer may terminate the employee without any cause, and likewise the employee may quit without cause. The PEO or the company should review the laws in the state where the company is headquartered to confirm the state’s at-will rule.