A solid employee handbook is essential for almost any business and its team of staff say Steven R Pietro Employer.
An employee handbook, designed and intended to save a business money. It also prevents against employee litigation, and to help create and maintain company culture. That’s according to Steven R Pietro Employer, an established corporate lawyer from Broward County, Florida.
Employee handbooks save money by first of all streamlining the training of new employees and any other additional team members. They also ensure that staff, both new and existing, are aware of all current policies. This is what Steven R Pietro Employer says, which helps to prevent against potentially costly litigation issues.
Of litigation, corporate lawyer Steven R Pietro explains how setting out clear expectations and guidelines can help to reduce the chances of litigation matters arising. “A solid employee handbook is an ideal mechanism for ensuring compliance with employment and labor laws, for example,” he suggests.
Another benefit of employee handbooks is that they can contribute significantly toward creating, fostering, and maintaining desired company cultures. “The philosophy of a company, for example,” says Pietro, “as well as its standards and values can all get outlined clearly and concisely in an employee handbook. An employee handbook should set the tone for the culture of a business. The handbook should cover everything from morality to suitable office decor and anything in between.”
An employee handbook should always begin with a welcome letter, mission statement, and code of conduct, says Pietro. The established corporate lawyer suggests that a code of conduct should cover attendance, dress code, behavior—including toward both colleagues and customers or clients—and the use of company resources.
Other areas to cover include confidentiality and non-disclosure policies, according to Steven R Pietro Employer. Worth including is the anti-harassment, safety, equal opportunity, and ‘use of social media’ policies. Other policies surrounding pay, benefits, and medical leave get covered in an employee handbook.
“Also include labor law notices, employee discipline procedures, a statement of at-will employment, and details of any procedures surrounding filing a complaint,” the lawyer adds.
Steven R Pietro Employer further explains that ready made or ‘off the shelf’ employee handbooks are available for free or at a small cost online. However its best to create a unique employee handbook for any business which may require one. “A business may begin with a template, or start entirely from scratch. In either instance, it’s advisable to seek the guidance of an expert, such as a corporate lawyer, before issuing a handbook to employees,” he adds, wrapping up.