Remove unintended 'promises' from handbook.

Your employee handbook probably includes a disclaimer stating that it is not a contract. But beware: A single disclaimer at the front of the book isn't enough, especially if other handbook language appears to make promises you are not prepared to honor. Review your disclaimer to see if more precise language is needed to communicate contractual obligations.

Recent case: Donald racked up 1,800 hours of unused paid time off. After being fired, he sought payout for the PTO, citing a detailed policy in the employee handbook that said PTO will be paid in full up to 500 hours.

The employer refused, citing a disclaimer that says the handbook "is not intended to create an express or implied contract."...

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