Businesses of all sizes can benefit from issuing employee handbooks, but it’s often smaller businesses that go without one. Small businesses can benefit from employee handbooks because they’re a useful tool for laying out crucial policies that staff can refer to when needed, rather than answering questions and determining solutions on a case-by-case basis. These manuals also contain valuable material about local, state, and federal employment laws that employees at all levels should be aware of.
When crafting your employee handbook for the first time, you may be overwhelmed by the amount of information you’d like to put into writing. But don’t be discouraged! The information you’ll add to your handbook will help you avoid confusion, maintain order, set expectations, and may even help you avoid litigation. A quality handbook is one that sets expectations for both employers and employees, meaning that your employees will know what you expect from them and what they can expect from you as well. These handbooks are vital for putting concerns to rest and helping new workers adjust to their environment.
So, are you ready to start writing? When working on your first draft, you’ll want to research local, state, and federal employment laws. Understanding these mandates thoroughly and describing them clearly is the key to a successful handbook. These laws generally describe policies like:
Each state may have a unique version of the above policies in addition to federal laws like the Family Medical Leave Act. The U.S. Department of Labor lists facts about federal employment laws at www.dol.gov. If your business operates in multiple states, you might consider drafting a different handbook for employees in each state.
The Department of Labor administers and enforces more than 180 federal laws. Some of the most significant labor laws you may include in your handbook are:
Creating an effective employee handbook is a vast undertaking. It may turn out to be a much more involved project than you initially anticipated. Fortunately, if you’re an employer in Colorado, you can rely on attorney Nathan Davidovich to guide you through the process, make smart suggestions, and understand exactly what laws in Colorado you must highlight in your handbook.
Nathan Davidovich of the Davidovich Law Firm, LLC, has been helping employers create thorough, engaging, and helpful handbooks that comply with state and federal laws for more than 55 years. When you’re ready to begin your handbook journey, call (303) 825-5529 or complete our contact form.