Updating your Employee Handbook will go a long way toward lowering your liability exposure.
According to the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC), 99,947 discrimination charges were filed in 2011. Employees file charges under multiple cateogories. One way to help protect your organization is to develop and adhere to an employee handbook.
Employee handbooks can help reduce your liability exposure, by providing some defense if you wind up in court! The handbook tells employees what you expect of them and what they can expect from you. Make it one of the first documents you give your new empoylee and it should be reviewed and updated regularly! Also, make sure to have your employees sign off that they received the handbook and updates. This acknowledgement may be your first line of defense if an employee claims ignorance about a particular policy.
There are serveral resources for developing an employee handbook. We recommend that you have an experienced H.R. firm or employment lawyer review the handbook before you distribute it. Our vendor partners can also assist you with your employee handbook at discounted prices.
There have been a dramatic increase in Emplyment Related Claims in California. Employment Practice Liability insurance carriers have increased their deductibles and premiums. It is therefore critical to implement effective risk management practices that include updated employee hadnbooks, so as to decrease potential employment related claims.
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