Employee Manuals, Policies and Procedures

 

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Small businesses often run into problems when they treat employees differently on matters that typically are committed to written policies and procedures. These are things like vacation days, sick days, lunch breaks, dress code, overtime, etc. If you let your best employee carry over his or her unused vacation days from one year to the next, and you don’t allow your least favorite employee to do the same thing, you have set yourself up for an accusation of being arbitrary. And if your least favorite employee also happens to fall into a legally protected classification of employees (e.g., minority, disabled, sick or over 40), then you may find yourself with a discrimination claim, as well.

When your small business has a comprehensive employee manual with well-articulated policies and procedures, there are lots of legal and non-legal benefits for both you and your employees. When you are recruiting and hiring employees, you are easily able to answer questions about these matters. When issues arise concerning them, you have policies and procedures that are already in place to address them. No one can accuse you of being arbitrary in how they are being treated.

The small business lawyers at DailyGC™ have lots of experience in developing and modifying employee manuals, policies and procedures. We can tailor one to meet the specific needs of your business.

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PRIORITY ISSUES DESCRIPTIONS
At DailyGC, we provide legal advice and counsel on the full range of legal problems and legal-related business issues that small businesses and startups routinely face in their management, sales, operations and administration. The following are examples of these kinds of problems. You may use these descriptions on your Priority Issues Identifier Form� or you may write your own descriptions.
Business Contracts and Relations:
� Customer Contracts and Disputes
� Vendor Contracts and Disputes
� Collections
� Bank/Lender Relations and Issues
� Landlord/Tenant Relations and Issues
� Bonding/Insurance
� Nondisclosure and Confidentiality Agreements
� Procurement and Management of Outside Counsel
Employment:
� Recruiting/Hiring Practices
� Employment Agreements
� Employee Compensation and Benefits
� Employee Manuals, Policies and Procedures
� Compliance with Government-Required Benefits Programs
� Payroll Compliance with Court Orders
� Discrimination and Harassment Claims
� Management and Discipline of Problem Employees
� Terminations
� Unemployment Insurance Claims
� COBRA Procedures
� Hiring Independent Contractors
Dispute Resolution:
� Case Analysis and Assessment
� Mediation/Arbitration
� Strategies for Litigation, Discovery and Negotiation
� Settlement Analysis
General Corporate:
� Entity formation
� Corporate Governance and Record-Keeping
� Shareholder Relations
� Compliance with Governmental Regulations
� Compliance with Corporate Contractual Obligations
� Contract Review, Analysis and Negotiation Coaching