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How to Create an Employee Handbook

Author: Douglas Zucker, Bauch Zucker Hatfield LLC

It is important for employers to document policies and procedures in writing to ensure consistency in employee management as well as to make sure that all employees and supervisors are familiar with their rights and obligations with respect to the employer. Creating employee handbooks is an excellent way to collect and assemble all employment-related policies in a single document and to present that information to employees and supervisors. When properly drafted, handbooks can be an excellent tool for employers. However, improperly drafted, handbooks can create potential liability for employers and leave them susceptible to legal claims by employees based on the content of the handbook.