Creating an employee handbook is a good way to set forth employees’ expectations and rights in one central place. Such a handbook ensures streamlined communication with employees and also serves as documentation that the employer is communicating and abiding by rules of employment law. An employee handbook should reflect your values and employment practices, should be clear, and should be followed consistently. To protect your organization against violations of employment laws and potential employment practices liability claims, all safety net dental clinics are encouraged to develop an employee handbook and to have the handbook reviewed by an attorney with expertise in employment law.
Developing an employee handbook in-house is important, because each safety net dental clinic offers a unique work environment, conditions of employment, and benefits.
Software programs and preprinted handbooks are available to help you create an employee handbook. If you choose to use one of these templates, be sure it includes your state's employment laws as well as federal requirements. You should also have an attorney proficient in employment law review the handbook.
Information to Include in an Employee Handbook
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