An Employee Handbook is an important tool for both employers and employees. California has extensive and complicated labor laws that an employer is accountable for; and an employee Handbook can help ensure that your business is compliant with these requirements and assist in the consistent application of California labor law requirements with all your employees.
Other advantages of having an employee Handbook:
- Fulfills legal requirements for notifying employees about required legal policies regarding workplace rights.
- Creates a formalized policy that contributes to the consistent application, interpretation, and enforcement of all of your business’ practices and procedures.
- Provides an employee with clearly defined guidelines regarding their employment, the employer’s expectation, and their rights as an employee.
- Promotes open communication and transparency by providing an employee with a point of contact for issues relating to their employment, rights, and work environment.
As you may know, California has the reputation of being a very litigious state. Having an up-to-date employee Handbook provides a level of protection against potential litigation. Of course, a Handbook is the first level of defense, as long as you follow your own policies! Making exceptions to established policies does increase an employer’s risk and you should always consult with counsel before doing so. If you are in need of a California labor law compliant Handbook that is specific for your business or need general employment law advising, please contact the Employer Lawyers at Chauvel & Glatt.
This material in this article, provided by Chauvel & Glatt, is designed to provide informative and current information as of the date of the post. It should not be considered, nor is it intended to constitute legal advice. For information on your particular circumstances, please contact Chauvel & Glatt at 650-573-9500.