Is Your Employee Handbook Getting You In Trouble

Rayan F. Coutinho, Ph.D.There is no law that requires an employer to provide employees with a handbook. However, the employee handbook has become an extremely important document. It is a type of preventative medicine and can also serve as a good business planning tool. Many employers find it useful to distribute written manuals outlining company policies and procedures to all employees. These may be simple, setting out only general company policy on working hours, termination, vacations, benefits (including a brief description of tax qualified plans), and company holidays, or they may be lengthy and elaborate describing policies relating to all areas of employment law. Everything contained in an employee manual must be consistent with current company policy and stated in unambiguous terms. If you decide to use an employee manual, it should be reviewed with counsel annually and updated frequently.

This handout and the accompanying materials – The Employer’s Guide to Employment Law in Ohio, Kentucky and Indiana and the Appendix to The Employer’s Guide to Employment Law in Ohio, Kentucky and Indiana are written as a general reference for employers and as a service to the clients and friends of Wood & Lamping, LLP. We have done our best to provide useful and accurate information. While we hope that it will assist you as you go about running your business, it is not intended to be a complete discussion of all the legal issues raised by the employment relationship. Legal principles change with time and vary by state. Further, it should be noted that state and local laws may grant additional protection to public employees. You should always review your specific situation with competent legal counsel.

 
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