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What danger lurks in your (possibly outdated) handbook?

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by Matthew J. Maguire, Esq., Pepper Hamilton, Berwyn

Ideally, a company’s employee handbook lays the groundwork for the employer-employee relationship, spells out what is expected of employees and serves many purposes that are critical to sustaining a company’s business.

It can serve as the first line of defense even before a lawsuit arises. That’s why an employee handbook should be considered a “living document” that responds to changes in the law, a company’s business or industry and workplace trends.

Unfortunately, many companies fail to align their handbooks with the realities of their business. As a result, they end up with a handbook that does more harm than good.

What handbooks should include

A well-drafted handbook keeps pace with changes in the law, workplace demographics, technology and the manner in which employees and employers interact.

For example, technology advances and remote workforces have prompted many co...(register to read more)

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