Does my business need an employee handbook?

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Short answer, yes. Every business that has more than one employee should have an employee handbook. A well-written handbook describes the expectations and legal obligations of both employer and employee. This can help avoid potential issues and arguments regarding pay, benefits, disability, sick leave, overtime, etc.

A comprehensive employee handbook typically covers employment policies such as:

  • Anti-discrimination polices
  • Compensation
  • Work schedules
  • Standards of conduct
  • Safety and security
  • Computers and technology
  • Employee benefits
  • Leave policies

If you own a business it is critical that you at least have a standard employee handbook for all of your employees. If you're on a budget, there are standard form and do-it-yourself employee handbooks available. However, these handbooks are not designed to meet your specific needs and company policies and may not be up-to-date with the latest employment laws and regulations. For this reason, it is recommended that you hire an experienced employment attorney to help you draft a fully customized employee handbook.