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Any of you use an employee handbook? If so, did you write it? Have it done by an attorney? Find one on line and modify for your needs?

Long story short, I had to let someone go. I need to make sure that anyone I hire to replace him has a clear understanding of what is grounds for discipline and what results in an automatic termination.

If any of you a manual you'd be willing to send me as a start, that'd be awesome.



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I modified one from online.


The problem comes from the fact they all totally ignore it.
As a very small company I do not want to have the cold and impersonal environment that comes from the corp world.
At the same time unless you enforce the whole thing whats the point in having it?

All that said I still think its a good idea to have one, if for nothing else in the event some one gets side ways with you over a matter you have a standard
by which the court can see your company's stand on an issue.

I am looking for a biz that does not need employees.
Currently my company is pretty much tapped out because I'm not able to do it all and growth is only limited by what I'm able to get done or find reliable help to get done.
Both are tough to do.

Professionals are people who can do their job when they don't feel like it.
Amateurs are people that can't do their job even when they do feel like it.
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I modified one from online.

The problem comes from the fact they all totally ignore it.
As a very small company I do not want to have the cold and impersonal environment that comes from the corp world.
At the same time unless you enforce the whole thing whats the point in having it?

All that said I still think its a good idea to have one, if for nothing else in the event some one gets side ways with you over a matter you have a standard by which the court can see your company's stand on an issue.

I am looking for a biz that does not need employees.
Currently my company is pretty much tapped out because I'm not able to do it all and growth is only limited by what I'm able to get done or find reliable help to get done.
Both are tough to do.
I agree that most, if not all will ignore it. Part of the reason for me wanting to create a manual is for myself. I'm way too laid of a guy and let too much slip, however I know that I work better with details, data and documents.

While the employees will ignore it, I will refer to it often and use it for consistency in discipline. I've never given anyone a day off for a no call/no show or showing up late. Time to be a hard azz and begin disciplining them.



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With these you have to be careful, I went to school for HR and there is too many different twists with all the laws to have anything in a handbook to standardized. You have to make sure that nothing could violate any federal or state labor laws because they can pound you for this. Any kind of statement about any kind of labor law if not worded just right can be taken by the EEOC etc and that is where problems just begin. Wisconny has very different laws than the majority of states, so if you do it just make sure you get some research in. If you need some help with it I would be happy to take a look or see what I can do.
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With these you have to be careful, I went to school for HR and there is too many different twists with all the laws to have anything in a handbook to standardized. You have to make sure that nothing could violate any federal or state labor laws because they can pound you for this. Any kind of statement about any kind of labor law if not worded just right can be taken by the EEOC etc and that is where problems just begin. Wisconny has very different laws than the majority of states, so if you do it just make sure you get some research in. If you need some help with it I would be happy to take a look or see what I can do.
I'm thinking along the lines of a frame work I can start with. Add and subtract the items that are directly applicable to my business and then take the proof into my attorney for final review/approval. At $175/hr for the attorney and $125/hr for the paralegal, I'd like to get close instead of having him start from scratch.

My kid gave me a copy of what McDonalds had him sign. I'm thinking that's probably a good place to base mine off of. I can't believe I was reading a McDonalds employee handbook on a Friday night



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