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An employee handbook can be informative and protective

New York employers have numerous responsibilities that they must attend to. In efforts to make sure that their employees understand the various rules and policies associated with working for the company, it is wise to have an employee handbook that details this information. Giving the employees this information can make sure everyone is on the same page and protects employers from potential unsubstantiated claims.

When creating a handbook, including a code of conduct is a vital part. This information can inform an employee about rules, workplace safety, dress code and attendance requirements. By having these expectations and consequences for violations clearly explained, employers may protect themselves from claims that an employee was unjustly disciplined or wrongfully terminated from the position. 

Another area the handbook should include is the company's nondiscrimination policies. This section can explain that discrimination for any protected characteristic is not tolerated, and it should also include steps that workers can take to report discriminatory actions. Additionally, managers should receive training to make sure that they understand actions that could be seen as discriminatory and how to properly handle any claims that come about.

Some individuals may not feel that an employee handbook is an essential part of running a business, but it can help prevent confusion and possibly lessen liability. If New York employers are interested in further protecting their businesses, they may want to ensure that they have the right information included in their handbooks. Consulting with employment law attorneys can help employers make sure that they have properly created their handbooks and any related employment contracts that may apply.

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