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059: Are Employee Handbooks a Trap?

podcast Jan 03, 2024

Have you ever wondered what's the lifeblood of your company's internal legal framework? Let me share a piece of advice: never underestimate the power of a well-constructed employee handbook. On today's episode, we walk you through the ins and outs of these vital documents, exploring their role in fostering a culture of consistency and adherence to employment law. We dissect real-world court cases and the legal intricacies that can make or break your company's policies on vacation time and salary-based pay. 

Now, crafting an employee handbook might seem straightforward – until you find yourself trapped by your own policies or worse, legal snares you never saw coming. We’ll help you navigate the risky waters of DIY handbooks and borrowed policies, revealing why these shortcuts can lead to long-term headaches. Through engaging stories and cautionary tales, you'll learn why personalizing your handbook with professional legal counsel isn't just smart – it's a business imperative. And trust me, a Google search won't cut it regarding the nuanced laws that vary by employee headcount and industry specifics. 

In this episode, you will hear:

  • Deducting PTO for low productivity
  • The importance of handbooks in compliance
  • The importance of proper employee handbooks
  • The pitfalls of googling legal advice
  • Importance of proper employee handbooks

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