Handbook Policy Development & Audits

Handbook Policy Development & Audits

Employee handbooks are an integral road map for employees to navigate the rules of their employer.

At Ruder Ware, our attorney team has written countless handbooks to provide processes, protections, and proactive guidance.  Our handbooks are in compliance with the latest laws and policies and are customized to each employers unique work force.  Topics regularly addressed in the handbooks include:

  • Hiring
  • Employee retention
  • Employment at-will
  • Dispute resolution procedures including arbitration
  • Racial and sexual harassment
  • Equal opportunity
  • Employee dignity
  • Safety and health
  • Family and Medical Leave Act
  • Rules of conduct
  • Employee discipline
  • Attendance
  • Lay-off and recall
  • Job transfers and promotions
  • Paid time off (e.g., vacation, holidays, sick pay, etc.)

It has been said that the best HR is proactive HR.  Because of that our employment attorneys created an audit program to provide of checkup of current operations.  The goal is to ensure that in-place policies and procedures comply with current employment laws.  There is no one-size-fits-all program as the audit is a review of your current policies and procedures.  Our attorneys are up-to-date on current state and federal laws and have the training and applicable know-how to evaluate whether they provide the appropriate protections.  To schedule your audit contact Sara Ackermann.

Founded in 1920, Ruder Ware provides business, employment, estate planning, and litigation services. A full-service law firm, over 45 attorneys provide clients with a one-stop approach to their legal needs. Ruder Ware, Business Attorneys for Business Success.

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