A manual refers specifically to a reference document that provides detailed information about operation and maintenance of a product, department, or job function.  For example, manufacturers will often provide an official manual for a manual to provide assistance to its owners or users: cars, for example, usually come with an owner’s manual.

Businesses should set up their internal documentation with the mindset that employees should be able to turn to a particular manual as reference for questions related to duties they are expected to perform.  A proper manual will also consult subsequent documentation, namely procedures and work instructions.

Contact an employment law attorney at Schaeffer Law for counsel on your company’s manuals.