How does an employer with remote employees determine which state-specific handbook policies to include in an employee handbook?

Author: XpertHR Editorial Team

Remote employees are generally subject to the employment laws of the locality and state where they perform their work. For this reason it's critical for employers with remote employees to be familiar with and comply with the state and local employment laws in effect where their employees are physically located and the work is being performed. Failure to comply with applicable laws and regulations risks fines, penalties and potential litigation.

An employer should determine which state and local employment laws apply - for instance, wage and hour laws, leave laws and posting requirements - and then choose the best approach for including any related policies in the handbook.