Business Law

Employer Handbooks and Policy Manual Development

Employers of all sizes, and in every type of business, have personnel policy handbooks that state and outline their formal policies and procedures. Some companies have employee handbooks that are very elaborate and detailed, posted on the company intranet or contained in three-ring binders, number and section coded, and routinely updated by a human resources department. Other employers pay less attention to their employee handbook, treating it more as a guide for the company’s working hours, attendance and vacation policies, and a description of the medical and dental insurance plans. In either case, the employee handbook and/or policy manual can be a valuable resource when defending either an employer in a case.