Do Companies Have to Have an Employee Handbook?

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A company is not actually required to make its own employee handbook. However, a business is required to comply with all sorts of federal and state policies. Having an employee handbook can make it clear to workers what their rights are and what their responsibilities are at their jobs. And if you are a worker who knows their rights, you can know when those important policies are being violated. Then you can talk to a Chesterfield County wage & hour law attorney.

What Should Be Included In an Employee Handbook?

An employee handbook should include any kind of company policy that should be relevant to the workers for the company. If you have just been hired, this book should be a good source of information about what the expectations for you are and what your employer’s workplace policies are. A comprehensive employee handbook should include:

  • Leave policies
  • Background check policies
  • Dress code policy
  • The benefits available to the employee
  • What days are considered holidays
  • Social media policy
  • Paid time off and sick days

An employee handbook should also tell new workers about their rights. This means that it should include information about state and federal policy. That includes:

  • Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) policy
  • Equal Employment and Anti-Discrimination policy
  • Family Medical Leave Act (FMLA) policy
  • Crime victim leave policy
  • Pay transparency policy
  • Jury duty policy

All employers need to implement these kinds of policies, and they should be telling their new employees all about said policies.

What Should I Do If the Rights Outlined in My Employee Handbook Are Violated?

Sometimes employers do not end up following every policy that they should. Although employers are not legally required to follow every policy they have, sometimes such a violation can also be a violation of the law. This law firm is equipped to handle all kinds of employment disputes, including:

Arguments over employment agreements: If you believe that a crucial tenet of your employment agreement is being ignored by your employer, you may have to force them to abide by your original contract.

Cases of workplace discrimination: An employer cannot discriminate against an employee based on qualities like race, age, or disability. If you believe that you have been fired or you are being overlooked for promotions and advancement because of discrimination, we can help.

Violations of wage and hour laws: If you are not being paid a proper wage or having your hours of work properly counted, our attorney can help you fight for the money you are owed.

Denying leave that you have asked for under FMLA: The Family Medical Leave Act allows employees to take up to 12 weeks away from their job to care for themselves or a family member with an illness. Denying a request for this kind of leave can land an employer in hot water.

Schedule a Consultation With an Employment Lawyer

If you believe that your employer is violating your rights or ignoring state or federal policy, it may be time to hold them accountable. Contact Passero Employment Law and learn more about what an attorney can do to assist you.

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