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Secure Employee Handbook, Forms & Policies With 2021 Updates­­­

By the California legislature’s measure, the profound pandemic-driven changes on workplace legal standards will not be slowing in 2021. In the run-up to its September 30 deadline, Sacramento has churned out a slew of new laws affecting management and workers alike in the upcoming new year. These include groundbreaking “COVID-normal” standards on disease control and reporting as well as changes in the definitions of independent contractors and much more.

Written workplace policies are the foundation of sound personnel management. For some 25 years, we have been refining and updating our model employee handbook and forms package.  2020’s upheavals require a great deal more revision and expansion.

Thus, for those who first secure our current package over October, we will supply all new 2021 updates to such policies and forms upon publication this coming January.

Our model forms include:

  • Pandemic recovery and prevention measures;
  • Paid sick leave benefits under the Families First Coronavirus Response Act and related federal and California directives;
  • Employment application and accompanying job description template (including key requirements for Americans with Disabilities Act compliance and California’s constitutional privacy protections);
  • Pre-employment protocols (properly positioning the process to meet changing legal requirements, some as recent as July 1, 2020);
  • Employment agreement (including confidentiality/non-disclosure of company trade secrets);
  • Alternative dispute resolution agreement (also properly setting terms to match changing standards for private mediation and arbitration in lieu of court action);
  • Meal and rest period acknowledgments (confirming employer provision of required breaks); and
  • Termination policy, checklist and standard release (to be applied as appropriate for full transition and greater protection against later, preventable suits).

Our comprehensive model employee handbook now includes (but is not limited to):

  • Conditions of company employment, including mutual “at will” termination rights;
  • Discrimination and harassment, prevention and handling (including new standards stemming from government response to COVID-19 conditions);
  • Employee compensation;
  • Employee benefits;
  • Employee job performance;
  • Limits of employee privacy, including valid employer access to employee-maintained databases and social media guidelines;
  • Paid and unpaid leaves;
  • Workplace health and safety;
  • Job-related injury or illness, including prevention plan priorities; and
  • Drug and alcohol policy, including testing and violations procedures and standards.


To order or for more information, contact Office Manager Aimee Rosales at 626.583.6600 or email her at

October, 2020