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Should I have an Employee Handbook?

To the question, “Should I have an employee handbook?”, the short answer is, “Yes.”

While it is not legally required that every small business have an employee handbook, it is highly recommended for companies with, according to the Small Business Administration, “more than a few employees.” Now, let’s be honest. If  you are a sole proprietor, you don’t need an employee handbook. But then, if you were a sole proprietor, you probably wouldn’t be reading this blog in the first place. I go farther than the Small Business Administration. Our firm recommends that, if you have even one employee, and plan on growing rather than staying static, you get a handbook together now,  while the getting is good.

Before I go farther, some of the objections and considerations surrounding employee handbooks and contracts are dealt with in the PlanoBusinessLawFirm.com video gallery, found on this website under Free Resources at Free Videos. After you have watched those brief but informative videos, continue reading.

Employee handbooks have value in setting definite expectations for both employers and employees, and offer your company legal protection. Since employee handbooks set forth company policies unequivocally in black and white, they serve to proactively keep friction and disputes to a minimum. By  letting the employees know in advance just where the “fences” are, they realize (1) that those fences cannot be crossed without risk to their job ; (2) if they are crossed, precisely what they can expect; (3) that their employer is smart enough and has enough wisdom and foresight to set these limits and expectations before a potential dispute occurs; and (4) that if and employer has this kind of wisdom and foresight, he has probably consulted legal counsel before getting the Handbook done.

Employees are much more sophisticated than ever before. They may have “Googled” something on the internet about employment law. While “a little knowledge is dangerous”, it is all the more reason for employers to think ahead of the game, and to demonstrate that they know what they are doing.

Bottom Line: Don’t leave this important function until you are in the middle of an employment mess. Do it as part of your standard operating procedure, just like setting up a payroll system. Believe me, you’ll be glad that you did.

Richard Armstrong, Principal

Richard Armstrong, Principal


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