One of the most important communication tools between you and your employees is the employee handbook. It establishes a set of expectations and standards for your employees to follow as well as educates them on company policy and culture. But it can also be an important legal tool as well.
Outlined in an employee handbook should be both the employee’s rights and the legal obligations of the employer. Important topics to cover include:
Non-Disclosure Agreements: This is a legal contract the employee signs agreeing not to disclose any private or proprietary company information that is covered by the agreement.
Anti-Discrimination Policies: All employers must comply with the equal employment opportunity laws and they should be outlined in the employee handbook. These laws were enacted to protect employees from harassment and discrimination in the workplace.
Compensation: This section should indicate the required deductions your company will make based on federal and state taxes. You should also explain your legal obligations as they relate to pay schedules, overtime pay, salary increases, workers compensation, bonuses, breaks, and time keeping records.
These are just a few of the legal topics you should cover when drafting an employee handbook. For best measures, you should consult a qualified business attorney to assist you in the creation of an employee handbook. For a business lawyer in East Bay, call Armand M. Estrada today.