March 9, 2015

Yes! A professionally written employee handbook, kept up to date and in compliance with all state and federal laws that apply to you, is the most powerful document in your practice. It’s the go-to problem-solver for you and your employees when it comes to office rules, legal compliance, and what to do in day-to-day workplace situations.

Your employee handbook helps prevent many HR headaches before they ever happen. It’s a common resource for everyone, from your office manager to a new employee on their first day, to handle day-today issues, questions, and problems. With fair rules that are applied consistently, you’ll avoid many of the common dilemmas that cause larger problems down the line.

Professionally written employee handbooks also tend to discourage frivolous lawsuits by disgruntled employees and unscrupulous attorneys. The case against an employer becomes much more difficult when there is an updated and legally compliant employee handbook in place—so much so that often it’s simply not worth it for many plaintiffs’ attorneys, with so many easier targets available.

In the event an employee does bring a claim against your business, whether that claim is justified or not, your employee handbook serves as powerful evidence that your office makes every effort to treat employees equally and fairly. This can mean the difference between winning and losing a case. Even in the worst-case scenario, the consequences are likely to be far less severe for a business that can provide evidence of good-faith efforts to follow all applicable employment laws.

Friendly Disclaimer: This information is general in nature and is not intended to provide legal advice or replace individual guidance about a specific issue with an attorney or HR expert. The information on this page is general human resources guidance that is believed to be current as of the date of publication. Note that CEDR is not a law firm, and as the law is always changing, you should consult with a qualified attorney or HR expert who is familiar with all of the facts of your situation before making a decision about any human resources or employment law matter.