The Importance of Employee Handbooks

Whether a company is large or small, it needs to have written policies in place to make sure everyone remains on the same page — owners, managers and staff alike. One of the most common methods for establishing written policies is to create an employee handbook. Handbooks that are well-written and consistently enforced can protect an employer involved in employment litigation with one or more employees. If you are creating or revising an employee handbook for your business, an experienced Monmouth County business attorney can help, whether you have five employees or 500.

Benefits of Having an Employee Handbook

Employee handbooks serve a number of important functions. They:

  • Set expectations for both employer and employee
  • Establish rules and procedures that employees must follow
  • Establish consequences for employees who violate the company’s rules or procedures
  • Outline employee benefits and incentives
  • Provide a formal, written document employees can refer to when they have questions
  • Prevent disputes by creating uniform policies for all employees
  • Give employers a place to communicate information they are legally required to provide to employees (such as information about the Family and Medical Leave Act)

An employee handbook that clearly outlines policies and procedures can protect an employer in many situations. New Jersey employers are not legally required to have an employee handbook, but most employers should. An experienced Monmouth County business lawyer can help you determine if having an employee handbook would be in your business’s best interests and assist you in creating one that meets your company’s particular needs.

Information Typically Included in an Employee Handbook

Although they vary in length, content and comprehensiveness, most employee handbooks include at least some information about:

  • Payroll matters
  • Benefits, including insurance and retirement
  • Incentive programs
  • Dress codes
  • Leave policies and procedures
  • Drug and alcohol policies
  • Workers compensation
  • Performance reviews
  • Safety protocols
  • Discipline policies
  • Human resources issues

When creating an employee handbook, a company’s size, philosophy and employee needs should all be taken into consideration, as well as state and federal employment laws. Furthermore, because employment laws are ever-evolving and companies often grow and change over time, employee handbooks should be reviewed regularly.
To ensure your employee handbook is comprehensive, well-written and protects the interests of your company, contact a qualified Monmouth County business attorney today.