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Order the 2019 Updated Model Employee Handbook and Hire-to-Fire Forms

As first-line defense against workplace disruption and legal claims, there is no substitute for well-written, up-to-date policies and procedures. A current, thorough employee policy manual (handbook) and complementary written internal guidelines covering all major aspects of personnel relations permit managers and rank-and-file workers alike to know where they stand.

The courts are full of many employment-related lawsuits that likely could have been prevented with clearly written 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An outdated handbook can cause its own set of problems.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 will greatly improve a company’s legal protection in employment screening, hiring, training, terminations, and other related issues.

Our 2019 model employment handbook and forms contain significant revisions to keep pace with new laws and recent case decisions, not the least of which is the #metoo movement.

Our model forms and policies include:

  • Employment applications (including releases that acknowledge an employer’s use of pre-employment tests, notwithstanding the Americans with Disabilities Act and California’s constitutional privacy protection);
  • Form job description (again, setting the foundation for use of tests at the pre-employment stage);
  • 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 and mandatory mediation and/or arbitration in the event of a dispute); and
  • Termination policy, checklist and standard release (to be applied with troublesome employees for greater protection against later, frivolous suites).

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
  • Unpaid time off
  • Job-related injury or illness
  • Workplace health and safety
  • Drug and alcohol policy; drug testing

“The employee manual creates very clear-cut policy and stable data for staff. They know the rules of the game because they are written. It makes it easier to correct staff. They have a policy that they can be referred back to and, if uniformly applied, they can’t hit you with ‘you’re picking on me, aka, you are discriminating against me’.” –JG


To order or for more information, contact client services director Loretta Gardea at 626.583.6600 or email her at

June 2019