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Don't forget the acknowledgement for the employee handbook

One of the best ways that Scottsdale companies can protect themselves against unwarranted claims from employees is through getting the word out. This means that every worker should have an employee handbook outlining what is expected of him or her, including the companies' stances against issues such as harassment, discrimination and retaliation. The issue is having a way to verify that a particular employee received a copy of the handbook, reviewed it and was given a chance to ask questions and receive clarifications about it.

This is where requiring an acknowledgement regarding the employee handbook from every worker could help. This document requires an employee signature verifying that he or she received, reviewed and understood the contents of the handbook. Another helpful provision of the acknowledgement is an affirmation that the worker understands that employment is "at will," which may head off any erroneous claims of wrongful termination in the future.

Acknowledgements are a good and necessary part of the process, but they are only as good as the handbook. A company's employee handbook needs to be written in clear and concise language in order to avoid any potential misunderstandings regarding the wording of a policy. Everyone should have a clear understanding of what behaviors are not tolerated and the consequences of engaging in them. All workers should also know that there are procedures in place to handle any complaints of maltreatment.

Company owners and managers are not required to have a full understanding of the law, but it would be useful to know where to find the information when needed. The more pleasant the working environment is, the more loyal and productive employees tend to be. In order to reach the balance needed in order to create a welcoming and friendly work environment while protecting the company at the same time, it may be necessary to involve a Scottsdale employment law attorney in the process of creating an employee handbook and accompanying acknowledgement.

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