What are the best practices for developing and enforcing employment policies?

When you’re updating your employment policies, remember that a good employee handbook is an employer’s first line of defense.  Keeping your handbook up-to-date ensures that your employees know your expectations and provides evidence of your policies and procedures in the event of a dispute.

To be fully protected, you must keep your handbook up to date, uniformly enforce your policies against all employees, and carefully document the reasons for decisions related to hiring, firing, employee performance, employee discipline, and termination.  Also be sure to use measurable, meaningful criteria for promotions and to be thorough, professional, and respectful in handling employee-related issues including discrimination and harassment complaints.

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