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The company handbook: clarifying expectations, outlining policies

Can you imagine a company in Delaware or anywhere else that seeks to operate successfully without a written go-to source of materials that set expectations and detail policy specifics concerning key work-related matters?

We didn’t think so.

In fact, any commercial entity that lacks what is commonly referred to as a company handbook faces all manner of workplace risks.

Imagine the uproar from employees if conflicting explanations and assurances are given to workers regarding overtime pay, benefits and vacation time. Consider the consequences of workplace toxicity engendered by a lack of reporting guidelines applicable for employees suffering on-the-job harassment or discrimination. What if workers duly concerned with worksite safety had no written directives to rely upon?

Those and many other adverse implications are clear enough for any enterprise that fails to timely work with proven employment law legal counsel and craft a comprehensive handbook that adequately address key work matters.

An in-depth online overview of company handbooks from an employer’s perspective stresses that a well-drafted and tailored handbook “should cover certain basic, essential topics” such as those underscored above. Additional subject matter might logically include attendance expectations, drug/alcohol policies, dress codes and comportment, complaint channels and discipline for workplace infractions.

The benefits of a quality handbook are many and varied. On the one hand, it promotes certainty and a linked comfort level for workers logically seeking clarity regarding work matters. On the other hand, it ensures a commercial environment that promotes optimal performance and stability, which can help fuel business results and profit.

And there is this, too: In instances where a company faces an employee-linked legal challenge, having a high-quality handbook can help in defending against claims of negligence or wrongdoing. As the above-cited overview article notes, it can “greatly reduce the chances of being sued.”

The bottom line concerning a company handbook is that it is fundamentally helpful to both employers and workers. A proven employment law attorney can provide further information.

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