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The 5 Most Dangerous Threats Lurking at Work! #1 - Your Employee Handbook

Updated: Jan 29, 2020

#1 It innocently sits on your shelf, gathering dust and just waiting for the right time to attack…your employee handbook! The employee handbook is supposed to provide clear guidance and expectations on how employees are to behave and how the company will handle specific situations. There are many employment laws that are undoubtedly specified in your handbook. The threat lurking is, if you are doing things in ways that are not reflective of your employee handbook/policies – you may be setting yourself up for serious trouble – potential legal problems!

Take that book off the shelf and review it. When was the last time that was done? There have been many federal laws that have changed in the past few years. If your business has grown and you’ve added employees – there may be federal employment laws that now impact you. Don’t forget to check state and local law changes – do you have information about conceal carry?

There are probably also practices you say you do – progressive discipline, attendance, paid leave, etc. Do you really do them the way they are stated in your handbook? If not, you are probably dealing with morale problems, decreased productivity and disengagement – not to mention the potential lurking legal issues! In 2017 the EEOC reported that of the over 84,000 workplace discrimination charges, nearly half were retaliation charges, followed by race, disability and sex.

Now, which is better, spending a few hours updating your employee handbook and meeting with employees to review the handbook or scores of painful hours dealing with disgruntled employees, or making copies of employee files and documents for your attorney for discovery purposes for an EEOC discrimination charge or lawsuit?

Not sure you've got the right stuff in your handbook? Get my free Employee Handbook Template and remove that threat!

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