Why Standard Employee Handbooks Should Be Reviewed by a Tampa Labor Attorney
Denise P. Lubliner provides Labor and Employment legal services and counsel to Tampa Bay employers including large corporations and small business owners. The Lubliner Law Firm takes pride in providing labor and employment legal services, including employee disputes, terminations and wage and hour compliance.
Attorney Lubliner has extensive experience in assisting businesses develop policies and procedures including the development and/or review of your company’s employee handbooks. Resolving employee disputes, many times begins with the details that are in an employee handbook. We have helped employers deflect potential lawsuits and employment claims based on selective application of policies and procedures, unexcused absences and procedures as well as vacation time, vacation pay or company benefits. As a skilled Tampa Labor and Employment Attorney, I am committed to helping large and small companies protect their investments by showing them where their potential lawsuits may arise, and then helping them to eliminate and implement policies and procedures that will serve to protect them as well as making policies clear to their employees.
Using Free Standard Employee Handbooks for Your Tampa Bay Business
“There are a number of websites and resources for Tampa Bay companies to access and download samples of standard employee handbooks. Because each business is very unique, it makes sense that using these standard handbooks “as is” is not the wisest choice if you want to ensure that your business is avoiding potential lawsuits and significant legal defense costs. “
Drafting a Detailed Employee Handbook
Details are crucial when it comes to your employee handbook. An employee handbook is an invaluable resource to your employees. Too many details however, can actually be a bad thing if for some reason an employee pursues a lawsuit against you. It’s important to layout the rules and regulations for your employees and to provide them with sufficient information regarding sick time, vacation time, benefits, rules of conduct, dress code, etc., Florida employers who, with all good intentions often draft their employee handbooks without the advice of a Tampa labor lawyer. There have been many cases where the judge rules in favor of the employee based on a small detail that could have been omitted in the employee handbook. Being thorough when drafting an employee handbook is suggested, but being too detailed or including details that may not be needed, can contribute to a ruling against you in a court of law, should a lawsuit be brought against you.
Did You Know?
In keeping with a strong presumption in favor of the at-will standard, the Florida courts have declined to hold that employee handbooks may create an employment contract. This doesn’t mean employee handbooks cannot create future legal problems in other areas of employment from safety lawsuits to discrimination lawsuits if the unnecessary language you included supports their claims. If a lawsuit is ever filed against your company, the first document that will be in the spotlight, will be your employee handbook, so it’s no place to cut corners.
The Lubliner Law Firm works with our Tampa Bay and Florida clients not only to draft and review employee handbooks, but also to create strategies, policies and procedures and implementation training for preventing employment claims and lawsuits against you.
We Assist You in Developing Policies and Procedures Governing such areas such as;
- Draft/Review Employee Handbooks and Manuals
- Employee Compensation, Benefits
- Drug Testing
- Background checks,
- Pre-Employment testing
- Harassment and Discrimination
- Management Training
- Disciplinary Measures and Procedures
- Florida Employment Law (Compliance)
- Federal Employment Law (Compliance)
- General Compliance Audits
For a free consultation with Tampa Labor and Employment Lawyer Denise P. Lubliner at the Lubliner Law Firm in Tampa, Florida, call 813-381-5670. We will be happy to assist you with the drafting, review and analysis of your company’s employee handbooks.