Is Your Company's Employee Handbook Responsive, Up to Date?

A recent labor law article from a national publication spotlights the employee handbook, covering everything from pay, vacation time and parental leave to anti-discriminatory policies, training programs, confidentiality and more.

 The Society for Human Resources Management, a global group of HR professionals, advises all employers to be sure their handbooks are updated and seamlessly relevant for the particular industry. The cited SHRM-authored article stresses that "a cookie-cutter employee handbook isn't a realistic option for employers."

There are many reasons why that is true. Here are two key considerations:

  • Employment law rapidly evolves; and
  • Federal and state laws often vary on multiple matters

That latter point is essential to note for employers in Kentucky and nationally. The SHRM piece stresses a currently strong "federal government focus on deregulation combined with active state legislatures and municipalities." As result, labor law may be static in one area and significantly changing in another. Conscientious employers must ensure that their response to new trends and legislation is proactive and legally sound.

A close look at  company handbooks and attendant rewriting where necessary is a strong step forward in that direction. Experienced HR personnel and a proven legal team can offer timely and relevant guidance.

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