Q. We are a small company and do not have an employee handbook. Are we required to have one?
A. No law requires employers to have an employee handbook. However, even for small employers, it’s a good idea. Both North Carolina and federal laws require that certain information be conveyed to employees. Also, providing certain other types of information to employees, although not required by law, protects employers from various types of employment claims.
Some of the legally wise provisions that are often communicated in employee handbooks include policies addressing equal employment opportunity, probationary periods, workweeks, pay practices, vacation and leaves of absence, confidentiality requirements, harassment, confidentiality, workplace inspections and substance abuse.
In addition to communicating these legal matters, an employee handbook can also be used to convey employer goals, philosophy and your benefits, as well as day-to-day operational issues.
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