Should My Business Have an Employee Manual?

A Video FAQ with M. Thomas Langan II.

Employee manuals are not required by law, but they can be a good idea for most businesses. An employee manual serves 3 important functions:

  1.  It can protect the employer. If your company is in an at-will state, then an employee manual can make it clear that the relationship between you and your employees is at-will, and, absent any other written agreement, their employment can be terminated at any point.
  2. An employee manual can explain to employees what acceptable workplace behavior is. Here you can explain policies towards sexual harassment, discrimination, tardiness, insubordination, timekeeping, etc., while providing examples where applicable.
  3. An employee manual can explain employee rights under employment laws such as ADA, FMLA, equal employment opportunities, etc.

If  your company chooses to adopt an employee manual two key aspects are to enforce it consistently and update it regularly.

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