Complying with Employment Laws and Communicating Work Rules to Employees is Demanding, and Trying to do so without Written Policies Brings Substantial Risk
By Jack Merrill, Esq.
Keeping up with employment laws is tough on employers. New ones get enacted and old ones change. Complying with them all is essential, since breaking even one can cause major damage.
Still, many companies neglect a simple tool that protects them and makes communicating with employees far easier: employee handbooks. Putting one together is easier than it seems and can normally be contracted out. Once done, an effective and regularly updated employee manual can help ensure that costly violations of wage and other employment laws are avoided.
Handbooks generally cover all rules and policies that apply to workers. Work weeks, pay days, dress codes, and other routine matters should be covered. Doing so effectively ensures that employees know company rules and either comply with them or face consequences, which themselves should be spelled out in the handbook. Any manager can see the benefits of such communication. [Read more…]