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What employers need to know about employee handbooks

When a business in Miami hires a new employee, it can be difficult and time consuming to inform and train that person on all of the company’s rules and regulations. Some business owners chose to publish and distribute an employee handbook for that purpose.

The Balance points out that, while not mandatory under the law, employee handbooks can be very beneficial. They give employees a good idea of what is expected of them and what the company’s policies are toward things like employee conduct, disciplinary measures and how conflicts will be handled. Handbooks can also cover topics such as sick leave, maternity leave and other types of paid time off that the company may or not provide.

They also give managers and owners a resource for holding employees accountable. Ensuring that situations are handled consistently can prevent accusations of discrimination since all employees are on equal footing and will be held to the same standards. This may go a long way in protecting employers from lawsuits brought by employees who claim that they have been treated unfairly.

However, it is extremely important to note that an employee handbook may be considered a binding contract should a legal matter be brought before the court, according to Workforce. Therefore, employers who wish to utilize a handbook should be sure include disclaimer language that expressly states that the handbook is not an employment contract. Employees who do not have a contract are considered at-will employees and can be fired at any time, with or without cause.

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