By Jonathan K. Driggs, Attorney at Law

I know that discussing the topic of updating employee handbooks can immediately illicit sighs and groans from the unlucky souls assigned to the task.  But despite the risk of causing some readers to reach for their ulcer medicine, allow me to share a few thoughts and observations about employee handbooks.

Please note the following is not intended to be a comprehensive coverage of the topic.  Rather, in this article, I am not focusing on legal concerns (like avoiding contractual language, etc.), but more on the general style and feel of the handbook (yes, attorney’s have a softer side, and despite risking my professional reputation, I’m about to show you mine… cue the Barry Manilow music).

Finally, I confess that I wrote this article for entirely selfish purposes.  It’s still my hope that one day I will be asked to review an employee handbook that will cause me to exclaim, “four stars… what a page turner!”

This article should not be construed as legal advice.  Copyright ©2014 by Jonathan K. Driggs, Attorney at Law, P.C.  All rights reserved.  Jonathan K. Driggs is an employment law attorney with over 20 years of experience, including 3 years with the Utah Labor Commission.


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