Employee Handbooks are often given to employees when they start a new job. Handbooks usually include things like a brief message from management, the company’s history, and certain relevant policies and procedures. Distributing handbooks, explaining the details, and collecting signed acknowledgments will help protect your company from future liability.
Giving out handbooks puts employees on notice about certain important topics. Important topics are usually things like benefits, termination, leave, employee classification, and discipline. However, in certain environments, more industry-specific information is required, such as authorization for employees exposed to electrical hazards, required training for construction workers, and union-mandated regulations. When considering these more complicated topics, it is worthwhile to consult an attorney.