HR Support on Creating Employee Handbooks

Editors Note: A current and enforced employee handbook is HR's most important tool!

Beth ZollerOverview: To create employee handbooks that are effective, employers should include all necessary workplace policies, procedures and practices. In many instances, this policy manual can serve as an employer's best defense in defending any workplace practice or action such as the enforcement of a dress code policy or the investigation of a claim for sexual harassment in the workplace. An employer should ensure that all of the policies in the employee handbook are communicated to all employees and supervisors and that proper training on the policies is provided to the employees. An employer should frequently review the policies in its handbook to see if any need updating based on a change in any law or workplace practice or as the result of a workplace incident which requires clarification of a policy.

Trends: While best practice is to include a disclaimer in the employee handbook in order to prevent it from becoming part of an employment contract, employers should be aware that the National Labor Relations Board has ruled that an overly broad at-will disclaimer in an employee handbook may violate the National Labor Relations Act by infringing upon the rights of both union and non-union employees to engage in a protected concerted activity, i.e., working collectively to improve working conditions. Employers should also be aware that in confronting the diverse workforce of today, it may be necessary for employers to develop handbooks and policies in multiple languages to address employee needs.

Author: Beth Zoller, JD, Legal Editor

Latest items in Employee Handbooks

  • About This State Supplement Handbook Statement: Nebraska

    Type:
    Employee Handbooks

    Nebraska employers seeking to explain how the handbook and supplement should be read together and that neither the handbook nor the supplement alter an employee's at-will status should consider including this model policy statement in their handbook.

  • EEO Handbook Statement: Nebraska

    Type:
    Employee Handbooks

    Nebraska employers should consider including this model policy statement in their handbook.

  • Meal Breaks Handbook Statement: Nebraska

    Type:
    Employee Handbooks

    Nebraska employers with assembly plant, workshop or mechanical establishments seeking to encourage and demonstrate compliance with Nebraska's meal break requirements should consider including this model policy statement in their handbook.

  • Vacation / Paid Time Off (PTO) Handbook Statement: Nebraska

    Type:
    Employee Handbooks

    Nebraska employers seeking to inform employees that they will receive pay for vacation or PTO upon termination of employment should consider including this model policy statement in their handbook.

  • Bone Marrow Donation Leave Handbook Statement: Nebraska

    Type:
    Employee Handbooks

    Nebraska employers wishing to provide paid leave for bone marrow donation should consider including this model policy statement in their handbook.

  • Adoption Leave Handbook Statement: Nebraska

    Type:
    Employee Handbooks

    Nebraska employers seeking to demonstrate compliance with a Nebraska law requiring that leave provided for the birth of a child be provided equally to certain adoptive parents should consider including this model policy statement in their handbook.

  • Family Military Leave Handbook Statement [15-50 employees]: Nebraska

    Type:
    Employee Handbooks

    Nebraska employers with between 15 and 50 employees, including independent contractors, seeking to educate employees about the availability of family military leave and demonstrate compliance with Nebraska's family military leave law should consider including this model policy statement in their handbook.

  • Family Military Leave Handbook Statement [51+ employees]: Nebraska

    Type:
    Employee Handbooks

    Nebraska employers with more than 50 employees, including independent contractors, seeking to educate employees about the availability of family military leave and demonstrate compliance with Nebraska's family military leave law should consider including this model policy statement in their handbook.

  • Jury Duty Leave Handbook Statement: Nebraska

    Type:
    Employee Handbooks

    Nebraska employers seeking to educate employees, including supervisors, about the availability of paid leave for service as a juror and to show their compliance with Nebraska's jury duty leave law should consider including this model policy statement in their handbook.

  • Time Off to Vote Handbook Statement: Nebraska

    Type:
    Employee Handbooks

    Nebraska employers seeking to educate employees about the availability of time off to vote and to show their compliance with Nebraska's voting leave law should consider including this model policy statement in their handbook.

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HR guidance on how to create employee handbooks that includes all employment policies and practices.