Employee Handbook Review

Employee handbooks are useful business tools that address many common workplace issues before they arise. Because they cover a large number of policies and must comply with employment laws, it is a good idea to consult an Atlanta employment attorney when creating your employee handbook.

Because employment law is constantly changing and handbooks must reflect current law, it is also a good idea to have a lawyer review your handbook on a regular basis. This proactive policy will ensure that your workplace is compliant with all laws, minimizing future workplace conflicts and liability.

What is an Employee Handbook?

An employee handbook serves as a reference resource for common questions that arise in the workplace. The handbook does not need to be comprehensive and address every contingency. However, it is a good place to outline behaviors that will not be tolerated in the workplace, such as harassment, discrimination, drug and alcohol use, workplace violence and other rules of conduct. A well-written handbook can provide an excellent defense to potential legal claims that may arise.

Every handbook is a reflection of the workplace and its culture. Although many policies are standard across a variety of industries, an employee a handbook should be tailored to meet the unique needs and concerns of your business. Important factors include your company’s size, operating culture and scope of operations. In some industries, safety is an important concern that should be addressed. In workplaces that rely on e-mail communications and Internet use, it is important to establish privacy policies.

What Types of Information Should be Included in an Employee Handbook?

An employee handbook should accurately and clearly outline applicable employment laws and company policies. You should discuss the following topics in your employee handbook:

  • Wage and hour laws
  • Discrimination
  • Sexual harassment
  • Overtime pay
  • Sick days
  • Absenteeism
  • Americans with Disabilities Act
  • Vacation time
  • Holiday pay
  • Benefits
  • Family and Medical Leave Act
  • Dress code
  • Disciplinary procedures
  • Termination policies and procedures
  • Severance pay
  • Grievance procedures

Why Should I Hire an Attorney to Review My Handbook?

A well-drafted employee handbook proactively addresses concerns before they arise, reducing the risk of workplace conflicts. An employment lawyer is an excellent resource to help you create or update your employee handbook. An attorney can discuss concerns about specific policies and procedures and ensure that you are compliant with applicable state and federal employment laws.

Parks, Chesin & Walbert helps employers by providing handbook review, preparation and updating. He helps ensure that your handbook reflects current laws. Parks, Chesin & Walbert can help you draft policies to benefit your workplace and avoid the potential of costly lawsuits. Call us at 404-873-8048.

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