An employment company policy is an important part of a company’s mission statement, and they help provide a detailed outline of what is expected of an employee in the workplace. More importantly, a well-drafted set of company policies can help prevent disputes between employer and employee before they start to take shape and provide both parties with guidance in the event that a dispute cannot be avoided.
Do you have questions about the right way to draft employment company policies for a new business? Do you need to draft a new set of employment company policies for a mature business? Is there an ongoing dispute or the threat of a lawsuit because of a disagreement in the workplace? Our employment law attorney has provided exceptional legal advice to clients for years, and we can help do the same for your business.
What Is Included In A Company Policy?
Many businesses establish a specific employment company policy in the form of a handbook for employees who may have questions about workplace expectations. These handbooks are all about providing employees with as information as possible so they can get to know their new business and its mission statement.
Employment company policies take the basic information provided by a separate employment agreement or contract and expand upon it by providing much greater detail, more focus, and an employer’s perspective on expectations and conduct. This can help employers feel in control of their own businesses, and it can help employees feel like they have the power to fight back when an employer has ventured outside the boundaries of those same policies. They work for everyone! Employment company policies may outline:
- Workplace Conduct. What are the basic expectations of a new hire? How do employees and employers engage inside or outside of the workplace? Are intimate relationships grounds for termination or transfer? What are the consequences of failing to meet basic workplace conduct expectations?
- Workplace Performance. What are the basic job-related tasks an employee is expected to complete on a daily basis? How much work is expected of an employee? What are an employee’s performance goals? What are the consequences of failing to meet basic tasks and performance standards?
- Salary and Incentives. What hourly wage or yearly salary will an employer pay this employee? Is an employee full-time or part-time? Are workplace tasks incentive-based? Are commissions available to an employee?
- Benefits. This provides a detailed explanation of all employer-provided benefits, including medical, dental, retirement plans, discounts, vacation, etc. Is the employee entitled to a severance package in certain situations? When will vacation time become available? How is vacation time used?
- Scheduling. Is the employee’s schedule rotating or set? Is an employee expected to work weekends? Is an employee expected to work overnights? Is an employee expected to work overtime?
- Sick Pay. How is sick time accrued? How is sick pay provided? Does an employer require a doctor’s note for an employee to use sick time? Is an employee entitled to paid time off separate from sick time?
- NDAs. Is there a non-disclosure agreement between employer and employee? Exactly what information is confidential? What are the consequences of breaking an NDA?
- Contracts. Does the company provide new hires with contracts to set a term of employment? What are the expectations of the contract? What happens if an employer or employee breaks an agreed-upon contract?
- Employment Disputes. What are the guidelines for resolving employment disputes? What are examples of typical employment disputes? What are the consequences of a workplace dispute? Is there an arbitration clause?
- Dress Code. How are employees expected to dress in the workplace? Are visible tattoos allowed? Are piercings allowed? What are the consequences for failing to dress appropriately in the workplace?
- Safety. What are basic safety standards in the workplace? Are there dangerous chemicals in use in the workplace? Is there dangerous equipment or machinery in use in the workplace? Which employees are allowed to use any chemicals, equipment, or machinery available in the workplace? Are certifications or special training required? What are the consequences of failing to meet basic safety standards in the workplace?
- Expanded Company Policies. When are employees allowed to take a break? How long is an employee expected to spend on lunch? What are the consequences of harassment, sexual harassment, drug and alcohol abuse, insubordination, etc.?
Contact Our Fairfax Company Policy Attorney Now!
It is expected that an employer will do his or her best to balance kindness with authority and attempt to resolve employment disputes as quickly as possible. Sometimes specific legal advisement is required, and we can provide it. Has there been a breach of employment agreement or contract in your workplace? Do you need to draft a new employment agreement or amend existing employment company policies? Contact an employment company policies attorney at our Fairfax, VA Law Firm for a free consultation right now!