Employee Handbooks California

Benefit from the services of our handbook specialist

Our firm defends employers daily on lawsuits for, you name it, (alleged) discrimination, (purported) retaliation, (supposed) harassment, (asserted) unpaid wages or overtime, and just about every other workplace accusation imaginable from employees. More common than not, management’s inappropriate or illegal behavior is not the source of such court battles. Rather, suits often generate and grow from company failures: i) to have and follow simple, written policy; and ii) to promptly and fairly document workplace misconduct and its resolution. Pile on the clichés and maxims if you wish. “An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure” isn’t bad.

“If it isn’t written, it isn’t true” is better. An employer which does not structure workplace production, organization and procedure around sound, sensible, easy-to-understand written policies is prone to finding itself sooner or later in the midst of an expensive court controversy. If written policy does not exist or if it is not followed, if disruptive incidents and the fair addressing of them are not documented promptly and consistently, then that disgruntled, and perhaps disreputable, employee and his/her lawyer can easily invent practices and versions of events to fit their sales pitch.

Very few jurors are employers. Almost all of them have been former employees at one time or another. At the end of a trial over alleged employee mistreatment, it will be these sworn-to-be-neutral citizens who will gauge whether employer or worker is telling the more credible story. For a business, no written policy and no documentation in these circumstances are a recipe for very expensive disaster.

For the actions employers can take to avoid this nightmare scenario, including access to our workplace forms, Bowles Law has compiled the comprehensive employee handbooks California employers need which denote all guidelines and requisites necessary to the daily operation and success of a company.


A solution to your problems

An employee handbook containing all legally required policies and procedures is an essential tool to protect employer and employee alike. Bowles Law has developed – and periodically revises to match the changing law – a template “soup-to-nuts” employee handbook to serve as the foundation of a finalized set of workplace policies customized for a client’s actual operations and legal obligations. The larger the number a company employs, the more state and federal employment law applies. A particularly significant threshold is at 50 or more persons on payroll, with a business then subject to a number of detailed “medical and family” leave obligations. Accordingly, we offer a “short form” template employee handbook for companies employing under 50 people (both full time and part time) and a “long form” template for companies with 50 or more on payroll.

Whether a client utilizes our template or its own existing employee handbook as a starting point, ensuring your company’s handbook actually fits the business’s operations is a collaborative process between your management and our employee handbooks California specialist, a veteran attorney with extensive knowledge in federal and California compliance issues. Our specialist first interacts with your management to establish or confirm the company’s current employment law requirements and concerns. The handbook is then customized and/or updated, in coordination with your designated executive(s), to specifically address those points. Common subjects include:

  • At-will employment
  • Employee status and classification, including preliminary/probationary and regular employment
  • Prohibitions on unlawful harassment, discrimination and retaliation
  • Company rules and standards of conduct
  • Employee compensation
  • Employee benefits, including paid or unpaid vacation, holiday, etc.
  • Job performance
  • Qualifications for paid and unpaid leave
  • Mutual termination rights
  • Job-related illness or injury

We provide your template “short form” or “long form” employee manual in hard copy and in electronic format to enable the necessary revisions to match specific company operations.

We also offer template “short form” or “long form” employee manuals for states other than California.

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The template employee handbook, “short form” or “long form,” California or other states, is available for a $300 service fee. Fees vary for consultation with our lawyers to develop or update an employee handbook to fit a client company’s operations. Contact Bowles Law for pricing or to place your order.

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If you are facing possible litigation or have an employee issue on which you need immediate guidance, call us to speak to one of our attorneys, or submit your question using our contact form.

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If you are facing possible litigation or have an employee issue on which you need immediate guidance, call us to speak to one of our attorneys, or submit your question using our contact form.

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