By:  Carol Nibley

When was the last time you updated your employee handbook? Recent guidance from the EEOC on social media and applicant criminal backgrounds are but two reasons you may want to review the policies in your employee handbook. Making sure your policies reflect current practices is also important. For example, have you changed your holidays, benefits, paydays, or other practices since your handbook was last reviewed?

Employee handbooks can be valuable for employers and employees alike. Handbooks should be welcoming, written in easily understood language instead of legalese, and clearly define employee rights and responsibilities. Done poorly, however, employee handbooks can create liability and confusion.

Following are a few other things to consider as you review your employee handbook:

Employee handbooks are powerful tools for communicating expectations and rights, as well as helping employees feel welcome and informed. Done well, an employee handbook is one of the best investments an employer can make.

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