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Employee Handbooks

Jackson & Associates custom designs employee handbooks to meet each organization’s needs. A well written employee handbook promotes fair and consistent application of an organization’s policies in conjunction with its culture and federal and state compliance regulations. The handbook outlines the expectations of the employer to the employee and it supports the consistency and equity in policy application.

Whether you have an old handbook that needs to be updated or one that needs to be authored from scratch, our team will meet with your management staff to outline the required sections and discuss your existing policies and/or recommend additional if necessary. Once we have completed the handbook, we refer it to our employment attorneys to insure federal and state compliance issues have been satisfactorily addressed and any new policies are legally sound.

In addition, we will develop a communication strategy to ensure your staff is aware of amended and new policies. The employee handbook should be used as an effective communication tool to inform employees of work place policies, guidelines and rules, organizational benefits, and legal and compliance regulations. It should be readily available for employer/employee reference.

Below is a sampling of the topics typically included within our handbooks, however a customized handbook can be created as well:

  • Employment At Will
  • Employment and Compensation
  • Equal Employment Opportunity
  • American with Disabilities Act
  • Sexual and Workplace Harassment Policies
  • Classifications of Employment
  • Hours of Work/Work Schedules
  • FLSA Rules and Regulations
  • Conflict of Interest and Whistleblower Policies
  • Corrective Action and Discipline
  • Performance Appraisal Management
  • Job Descriptions and FLSA Rules and Regulations
  • Grievance and Open Communication Policies
  • Resignation and Termination
  • Dress Codes
  • Workplace Policies
  • Social networking, email, and Internet policies
  • Standards and Expectations
  • Confidential Information and Copyrights
  • Benefits and Leave Information
  • Flexible Spending Accounts
  • Employee Assistance Plans
  • COBRA
  • FMLA
  • Pension and Retirement Information
  • Office Practices
  • Drug Free Workplace
  • EEO and Affirmative Action Plans
  • Personnel Files and Employment Reference Checks
  • Holidays, Annual Leave and Sick Leave
 

It does not have to include all the details of your organization’s policies and procedures which may be included in a separate manual. We suggest keeping the handbook simple so employees feel comfortable in referencing the information by accessing a hard copy notebook or checking a Web-based source, such as your organization’s Intranet. Most important is to have the information readily available to both staff and management so that policies and procedures are administered consistently.