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Employment law issues: The employee handbook

Do you intend to have employees in your small business? If so, you may want to consider creating an employee handbook. This may just protect your company while helping to make sure that you comply with Ohio and federal employment law requirements.

A good employee handbook not only protects your business but also provides your employees with a guide regarding what you expect of them and how you protect them from discrimination, harassment and retaliation. Specifically stating that the company prohibits and will not tolerate these types of actions and behaviors may give your employees peace of mind that they are not walking into a potentially hostile work environment. If they end up in that situation, they will also know who to go to and how it will be handled.

You may want to include a statement regarding being an equal opportunity employer and a disclaimer regarding at-will employment. Include sections on safety, privacy and the use of company property and social media as well. Employees also need to understand the consequences of violating the rules, including any potential disciplinary measures. Policies regarding family and medical leave, overtime and employment classification, along with sick and vacation time, may also be useful.

An employee handbook that covers all of the Ohio and federal employment law rights of your employees could protect your company in the event of a complaint. Policies regarding attendance, work commitments and work performance should help address any discrepancies between the company and its employees. It may be beneficial to consult with an attorney while creating your company's handbook in order to make sure it accomplishes your business's goals legally.

Source:, "How to Write a Great Employee Handbook", Accessed on Dec. 24, 2017

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