Your employment law attorney offers guidance and counsel on a wide range of issues. Employment laws are constantly changing, which can make keeping up with regulations difficult for some companies. That’s why it’s important to work closely with your lawyer regarding policies, procedures, and other issues. For example, legal review of employee handbooks can help your attorney identify potential issues and offer suggestions to reduce risks for your business.
Why Have an Employee Handbook?
It’s a common misconception that employee handbooks are required by law. Currently, there are no laws requiring your business to have an employee handbook. However, many companies still create employee handbooks. This is generally to help communicate expectations and policies to employees. In addition, some businesses find that employee handbooks make it easy to create consistency for policy enforcement. Another reason many businesses have an employee handbook is because they may be helpful at reducing your risk for discrimination or unfair treatment claims from employees. However, it’s vital to have your employment law attorney review employee handbooks to help protect your business.
Why Have Handbooks Reviewed by Your Employment Law Attorney?
While employee handbooks may be helpful for your business, they do need legal review from your corporate lawyer. The reason you should have your employment law attorney read your employee handbook before distributing it is to help protect your business from legal issues. For example, in some cases, federal, state, or local laws may require certain statements in your handbook. Therefore, your attorney will look over the document to make sure these are included.
Also, language in employee handbooks often benefits review and revision from your employment law attorney. A common issue with employee handbooks is that the policies are often too broad. For instance, your employee handbook may state “no cell phones in the building,” when your intention was really to have employees stay off their cell phones while they are on the clock and actively working. Your business lawyer reviews these statements to make sure they’re clear and concise, as well as in-line with local, state, and federal employment laws.
In addition, your attorney can offer guidance and counsel for creating and enforcing policies to help protect your business. For example, you want to make sure policies are enforced consistently. This can help reduce the risk of claims of unfair treatment. We offer legal advice on issues such as these for your business.
At G. Ortega Law, we offer legal counsel for a wide range of issues your business may face, from optimizing operations to addressing Title IX compliance.