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Policies and procedures every employer should have

On Behalf of | Sep 27, 2023 | Employment Law |

Businesses need to have certain policies and procedures in place. These will help ensure successful business operations and minimize risks.

Policies and procedures provide a clear set of guidelines for all aspects of the company. Here are some policies essential for all businesses, no matter how big or small.

Employment Equal Opportunity Policy

Every employer should have a policy that states their organization does not discriminate based on race, color, religion, sex, nationality, age, disability or genetic information. An EEOC policy helps foster an inclusive work environment.

Workplace harassment

Employees deserve to work in an environment free from harassment, bullying and hostility. A policy that clearly defines these issues and outlines the steps an employee can take when faced with hostility will reassure staff that their concerns will be addressed.

Health and safety

The health and safety of employees should be the main priority of any business. A policy should cover workplace safety, emergency procedures, and industry-specific guidelines.

Employee code of conduct

A company needs to have a code of conduct policy that outlines expected behaviors within the workplace, such as dress code, attendance and grievance procedures. It should also outline disciplinary steps if employees don’t abide by the policy.

Leave policy

A policy should define the types of time off benefits for employees, including sick time, vacation, maternity and paternity leave, and personal time. 

A comprehensive set of policies and procedures provides employers and employees with structure and a clear understanding of expectations. It’s crucial that they are communicated clearly. They should also be reviewed to ensure compliance with state and federal laws and updated as needed to stay relevant.