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Employee handbooks — Pennsylvania

Employee handbooks are an effective way to communicate company policies and procedures to employees. They can be a tool in maintaining a union-free environment and serve as a defense in employment litigation; however, a poorly drafted handbook may put an employer at risk for unanticipated liability. 

Thus, the first question an employer should ask is whether it makes sense to have a handbook at all. Smaller companies especially may find that it is just as effective to post and distribute a few necessary policies. And, it may be better to avoid giving employees a handbook that was obviously a “cut-and-paste” job taken from some dissimilar business. The larger the company, the more sense it makes to have a handbook, but even in companies with standardized policies and procedures, it...

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