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 resource 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 headaches for your office, before they ever happen. They provide a common resource for everyone, from the office manager to a brand new employee on their first day, to handle many of the day-to-day issues they encounter. With fair rules being applied consistently to everyone, you’ll avoid many of the common dilemmas that occur at so many small practices.
Professionally written employee handbooks also tend to discourage lawsuits from being brought by unscrupulous lawyers. The case against an employer becomes much more difficult when there is an updated and compliant employee handbook in place that it often it’s simply not worth their time, 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 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.
So the question is: why wouldn’t you have such a powerful tool at your disposal?