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Employee Handbooks

Employee Handbooks

An employee handbook can be one of the best tools to avoid potential employers liabilities. Ironically, most businesses operate without an employee handbook. This is where Employee Leasing Firm help their clients most.


Employee handbooks limit the liability of the employer to employees by primarily limiting employees’ rights under an agreement. An employee is handed the Employee handbook and acknowledges in writing that he received the handbook and agrees to abide by its terms. Such an agreement may be enforced against an employee who brings a lawsuit against the employer when it can be shown that the employee breached some covenants stated in the employee handbook.

But the fact is that an employee handbook is just a piece of paper that can be used against a business, unless it is properly written and addresses. Employee Leasing services personalize employee handbooks for each client, addressing issues unique to that business. An employee handbook that addresses general terms is of little or no use to limit liability for employers.

A good example of how an Employee Leasing service can limit the liabilities of a business is the use of an At Will employment clause in an employee handbook. Sometimes, for example, employee handbooks state that employees will be evaluated periodically--annually or semiannually. If an employee is discharged and contests the discharge, it may be difficult for the employer to explain why the employee didn't get the performance appraisal when he or she was supposed to. Also, even though they may be done only once a year, employees shouldn't be surprised when they sit down to get their appraisal. If there's a problem, the employee should have had some sort of feedback on the way, rather than waiting for the formal appraisal at the end of the year.

Additionally, Employee Leasing companies provide consulting hiring, disciplining, and terminating employees. With a customized employee handbook, updated annually, every employee knows their options, rights, and responsibilities. This knowledge limits employers’ liabilities.
Employment Forms, Postings: Much of compliance with labor law revolves around including certain legal elements when communicating with an employee. Employee Leasing services provide their clients especially designed forms that complies with legal requirement of the employment issues.

For example, there are many laws, both state and federal, that require certain matters be posted within the company premises. Many of these postings do not apply to very small business, but many do. Non-compliance with these posting laws can be a per-se indication of negligence in litigation by an employee against employer.


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