September 16, 2013

The Alexander Law Newsletter
Importance of Employee Handbooks

All businesses with employees can benefit from having an employee handbook. An understandable, readily accessible set of policies helps ensure that employees are treated fairly and equally. Formally writing down your business's procedures and providing clear guidelines means you will spend less time answering questions and explaining the basic rules of your company. You also lessen your chances of ending up in court.

General Tips to Include in Your Handbook

  1. Should be easy to read and understand.
  2. It should also contain important procedures protect against harassment and discrimination.
  3. Your handbook should be kept updated to reflect changes in your policies and procedures. 
  4. Include a disclaimer that makes it clear that the handbook contains only general guidelines.
  5. Consider adopting discharge-for-cause standards.
  6. Employers covered by the Family and Medical Leave Act of 1993 (FMLA), 29 USC 2601 et seq. (with 50 or more employees), should have a policy covering the leaves provided for under this federal statute.
  7. Make sure every staff member signs off when he or she receives the handbook. As a matter of policy, be sure that each new employee receives one when they join the team.
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Given the current economic conditions that have had such a negative impact on so many businesses and individuals in Michigan, it is important that you protect yourself and your business through annual "check-ups."

All corporations  in Michigan are required to hold an annual meeting; failure to do so may endanger your status as a corporation, potentially exposing the shareholders to personal liability.  Keeping your corporate records up-to-date protects the corporation, while also protecting the shareholders from possible individual, tort, contract, or tax liability. 

Our firm can assist you in maintaining proper records for your corporation.  Please call us to schedule a "corporate check up" .
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