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Why are employee handbooks important?

As a business owner in Georgia, having a good, clear employee handbook is an absolute necessity. But what exactly are their benefits, and why are they so important? We at Kaufman & Forman, P.C., will highlight their function in the workplace and what makes them integral to a company’s success.

First, you should understand that employee handbooks are there to cover the whole gambit of issues that might crop up in a job situation. Things like harassment and discrimination policies, termination policies, and guidelines for various aspects of the workplace all go into the handbook. It essentially sets the rules in place for employees to follow, providing order to the workers and setting a blanket standard so that favoritism or exemptions cannot happen easily, accidentally or otherwise.

Outside of the importance of fairness and transparency, employee handbooks are also good on a legal level. Lawsuits or litigation can be avoided as long as employees are kept aware of your policies. It is suggested that these policies be updated yearly, and that employees be made to sign annual forms saying that they have read the handbook. This will keep legal responsibility from falling on your shoulders if something happens that was clearly defined beforehand, that they have agreed to understanding.

Employee handbooks are a vital and integral part of a healthy work environment. To read more about the importance of having an updated and comprehensive employee handbook for your workplace, you can visit the link which will take you to our web page.

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