Ask the BPHR Advisor: The Importance of Handbooks

Ask the BPHR Advisor: The Importance of Handbooks 500 333 Balance Point Team

BPHR’s Director Lisa Salcido, SPHR, SHRM-SCP provides answers to your pressing HR questions.

How important is an employee handbook? Do we really need one?

While there are no federal or state laws requiring an employer to have an employee handbook, having one is in your company’s best interest. It serves as an important communication tool between employer and employee, and can provide legal protection against employment claims. A well-written one should integrate company policy, answer common workplace questions and most importantly, be in accordance and up-to-date with employment law.

While formats vary, it should include the following information:

  • Governing Principles of Employment
  • Operational Policies
  • Leaves of Absence Policies
  • General Standards of Conduct
  • Benefits Overview

Take a More Balanced Approach to HR with BPHR

BPHR’s handbook building tool, backed by workforce law firm giant Jackson Lewis, allows for real-time updates of federal, state and local law so you can rest assured knowing yours is compliant. But what good is it if no one will read it? We’ve got that covered too. Your BPHR Generalist will work with you to define your culture and weave it throughout to produce a handbook that your employees will want to read.

Schedule your free phone consultation today to learn how your organization can benefit from BPHR.


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