Drafting a handbook for your employees with all your employment policies and rules can be a daunting process. Once you have it completed, you might consider your work to be done. However, this could not be further from the truth, as it is important to regularly review and update your employee handbook.
California employment laws are always changing, and you want your handbooks to reflect the current law. If employee rights change and your policies do not reflect such changes, an employee might use that as evidence that you are in violation of employee rights.
Further, the COVID-19 pandemic proved that major societal changes can happen nearly overnight and impact every aspect of our lives, including your workforce and related policies. With people either remaining remotely or returning to the office, your handbook should reflect COVID-19 policies and related issues.
Your handbook means little if your employees do not actually read it. Make sure that employees read and acknowledge the information in your handbook by having them sign and date forms you can keep on file. Also, take time to train managers on any changed policies you might have so your management team is consistent.
Have an employment lawyer review your handbook to make sure it is legally compliant and does not open your business up to unnecessary liability. Your handbook should be tailored to your business as well as in line with all applicable laws.
At the Yudien Law Firm, P.C., we work with employers and assist them with a wide range of employment law matters, including handbook advice and review. Contact us online or call 925.472.0600 for a consultation to discuss how our services might help your company.