Employee Handbooks, Agreements and Personnel Policies

Employee Handbooks, Agreements and Personnel Policies

We offer an assortment of personnel policies, agreements and forms to help California employers with the administration of their day-to-day human resources functions and to address situations that might arise throughout the employment relationship

California Employee Handbooks

Employee handbooks should be a staple to any business, large or a small, and can act as a valuable communication tool for both employers and employees. Employee handbooks are one of the best ways for an employer to communicate to its employees that it complies with all federal, state and local laws regulating the workplace.

One of the greatest benefits that an employee handbook can provide is the legal protections that can be secured by properly drafted and disseminated policies. Indeed, the first thing plaintiffs’ counsel usually request in an employment-related lawsuit is the employer’s handbook.

Having clear and concise policies in the handbook also serves as a guide for management and human resources personnel so that company policies are enforced uniformly throughout the workforce. This reduces the risk of making ad hoc decisions about how to enforce a company’s unwritten policies, which may open an employer up to discrimination claims.

It is essential for employers to have counsel review and revise their handbooks at least once a year, given the rapid rate at which state, federal and local laws change, particularly in California.

We work with employers of all sizes and across industries to create handbooks tailored to the particular needs of their business. The policies that should be included in a handbook will vary depending on the industry, the number of employees, and the city or cities you operate in. We can provide a customizable handbook that can be modified to fit the needs of your business, or we can work with you to bring your existing handbook up to date.

Arbitration Agreements

Contractual arbitration is a voluntary process by which employers and employees agree to submit their employment related disputes to binding resolution by an impartial arbitrator instead of having the case decided by a judge or jury in the court system. The chief advantages of arbitration for employers include the resolution of employment disputes before a professional arbitrator, the relatively quick resolution afforded by arbitration compared to the court system, and eliminating the risk of a jury deciding the case. Indeed, California juries may be more predisposed to finding in favor of the employee based on highly charged facts in cases involving wrongful termination, harassment and discrimination.

The subject of arbitration agreements is a frequently changing area of the law, particularly in California. As such, an arbitration agreement that was valid when it was drafted may be unenforceable today. Because arbitration agreements may be invalid if drafted or implemented improperly, employers are strongly advised to have experienced employment counsel review their agreements or have counsel draft a new one if one is not currently being used.

We can review your current agreement to bring it up to date, or, for a flat fee can provide you with a new arbitration agreement, as well as provide practical advice on how to successfully implement the agreements within your workforce.

Human Resources and Personnel Forms

In addition to employee handbooks and arbitration agreements, we offer an assortment of personnel policies, agreements and forms to help employers with the administration of their day to day human resources functions and to address situations that might arise throughout the employment relationship, including:

  • Job applications
  • Interview checklists
  • Offer letters
  • Background check authorization forms
  • Equal Employment Opportunity policies
  • Policies against harassment and discrimination
  • Adverse action notice/warnings
  • Meal and rest period policies
  • Meal period waivers
  • Invention assignment authorizations
  • Non-disclosure of confidential, proprietary and trade secret information agreements
  • Non-solicitation agreements
  • Drug testing policies
  • Independent contractor agreements
  • Pregnancy Disability Leave, Transfer and/or Reasonable Accommodation forms
  • California Family Rights Act & Family and Medical Leave Act forms
  • Reimbursement policies and forms
  • Severance agreements and releases of claims
  • Termination documents

We offer customizable templates that can be modified to fit the particular needs of your business, or we can work with you to revise your already existing policies and forms.

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