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Order Our 2020 Model Employee Handbook and Hire-to-Fire Forms

Our 2020 model employment handbook and forms contain significant revisions to keep pace with new laws and recent case decisions.

Employer best practices include a well-written, up-to-date workplace policy manual. Current policies, procedures and forms covering all major aspects of the workplace relationship permit managers and rank-and-file workers alike to know where they stand.

The court dockets are full of employment-related lawsuits that defendant companies could have prevented with clearly stated and uniformly applied policy in compliance with current law.

An outdated handbook can cause its own set of problems.

Over the past two decades, we have developed and refined a “soup-to-nuts” employee handbook and package of basic hire-to-fire forms and policies.  Implementation of these forms and policies can greatly improve a company’s legal protection in employment screening, hiring, training, terminations, and other related issues.

Our model forms and policies include:

  • Employment application (including releases that acknowledge an employer’s use of pre-employment tests consistent with the Americans with Disabilities Act and California’s constitutional privacy protection);
  • Form job description (again, setting the foundation for pre-employment use of tests);
  • Pre-employment procedures policy (properly positioning the above tests as aimed at job-related qualities rather than physical or mental disabilities);
  • Employment agreement (including confidentiality/non-disclosure of company trade secrets);
  • Alternative dispute resolution agreement (establishing private mediation and arbitration in lieu of court-filed complaints and limiting class action participation to the extent possible);
  • Meal and rest break acknowledgments (confirming employer provision of required breaks);
  • Paid sick leave policies (to comply with California’s recently enacted requirements); and
  • Termination policy, checklist and standard release (to be applied with troublesome employees for greater protection against later, frivolous suits);

Our comprehensive model employee handbook includes:

  • Conditions of company employment
  • Discrimination and harassment, prevention and handling
  • Employee compensation
  • Employee benefits
  • Employee job performance; mutual termination rights
  • Employee privacy expectations, employer access to employee-maintained databases and social media guidelines
  • Paid and unpaid time off
  • Job-related injury or illness
  • Workplace health and safety
  • Drug and alcohol policy; drug testing


To order or for more information, contact Client Services Director Loretta Gardea at 626.583.6600 or email her at

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