Having an Employee Handbook is important to your business

importance of employee handbook to your businessHaving an employee handbook is an important tool for every business and is important for many reasons. Primarily, by having a handbook your business not only answers your employees’ questions but can help you address common misconceptions. It also provides your business with many elements of essential protection.

How an Employee Handbook benefits your business

A well written and implemented employee handbook can provide your business with many advantages, to include:

  • Providing clear guidelines for employees. Your employee handbook provides employees with clear guidelines on what information they should know and understand, as well as how they are expected to behave and perform while at work. Your handbook can also describe various employment-related procedures in detail, such as how to request vacation time, file an HR complaint and more.
  • Helping your business by having fewer questions and misunderstandings. Your employee handbook should address many of the questions employees typically ask. Providing employees with clear and concise answers in a written form reduces the possibility of misunderstandings and minimizes the number of questions management must field personally.
  • Creating a better working environment. Creating and implementing those written rules and procedures ensures your employees will be treated fairly and that your policies remain consistent. This facilitates a better working environment for employees and employers alike.
  • Providing protection from liability. Courts view the terms included in an employee handbook as a contractual obligation. Therefore, when worded carefully and updated on a regular basis, your handbook can protect you from liability in a variety of legal issues, ranging from claims of sexual harassment to unfair treatment of an employee.

Creating your Employee Handbook

When you create your custom employee handbook, be sure to include information about all of your most important policies, including compensation, work hours, vacation, benefits, sexual harassment, FMLA leave, sick days, drug and alcohol use, discipline, on-the-job safety, smoking, use of electronic devices and any regulatory or legal information required by law. Update your employee handbook at least once each year or whenever you make major policy changes.

Although an employee handbook can provide you with some protection from liability, it is not a substitute for an appropriate insurance policy. To ensure that your coverage offers sufficient protection for your company, please contact Pacific Unified Insurance.

Pacific Unified Insurance Providing Insurance Services to Los Angeles and Orange Counties

At Pacific Unified Insurance, we’ve got decades of experience in helping companies just like yours make sure they’re protected by policies that are most appropriate for the uniqueness of your very special business. If you’d like to learn more about what to include in a modern employee handbook, or if you’d like to get started creating one of your own, don’t delay – contact the Employee Benefit Group at Pacific Unified Insurance today.

Dave Leahy (154 Posts)

Born and raised in Southern California, Dave was educated at Loyola High School and Arizona State University. After graduation, he founded two successful restaurants in Arizona, eventually selling them to move back to California. He began his insurance career working for Canadian Indemnity Insurance Company before joining Frank M. Flynn & Company in 1979. In 1985, he purchased the agency, eventually joining other local insurance agency owners to form Pacific Unified Insurance in 1992.


Filed under: Employee Benefits,Independent Insurance Agents — Dave Leahy @ 4:57 pm May 20, 2018


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