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Updating employee handbook

"Every situation is different, and [handbooks] need flexibility instead of a step-by-step formula for handling performance problems." But outdated disciplinary policies aren't the biggest problem today's companies have with their employee handbooks.

Most small businesses don't actually have a formal handbook for their staff's reference.

If it’s been more than a year since you’ve given your employee handbook a thorough read, chances are it’s already out of date.

, HR managers should make updates to employee handbooks, with the help of legal counsel, at least once a year.

While the bones of your handbook should likely stay the same (barring major organizational changes that impact the culture of your company), here are a few policies you might consider addressing in your handbook this year, if you haven’t already.

[Explain] what you're doing and how they are a part of that.

It should be a method of acculturating or socializing employees into an organization, and getting them excited about working [with you]." Nicole received her Bachelor's degree in Media, Culture and Communication from New York University.

While a handbook can and should be much more than an outline of a company's rules, regulations and punishments, it's easy to see why this important document has earned that rules-obsessed reputation over the years.

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While a handbook can't protect you from being sued, it can provide documentation that can help you defend your decisions. Here's why you need to keep it current. 
15-Sep-2018 17:54
This How To details the steps an employer should take to update its employee handbook for 2017. 
15-Sep-2018 17:57
Oct 3, 2017. UPDATING YOUR EMPLOYEE HANDBOOK. By Carol Nibley. When was the last time you updated your employee handbook? Recent guidance from the EEOC on social media and applicant criminal backgrounds are but two reasons you may want to review the policies in your employee handbook. 
15-Sep-2018 18:00
Feb 15, 2017. Legal developments over the last year brought a lot of changes that impact workplace policies and procedures, making it critical for companies to review their handbooks for compliance. 
15-Sep-2018 18:03

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