Your employee handbook: Avoid these four common mistakes.

HR pros know that an employee handbook is an important tool, which is likely to keep your organization out of legal trouble.

"I'm a strong proponent of employee handbooks for several reasons," attorney Jon Hyman, Chair of the Employment & Labor Group for Wickens, Herzer Panza, recently told Business Management Daily. "I firmly believe businesses' most important resource is employees. And employees need an instruction manual."

Mistake number one: "Not having an at-will disclaimer. Do you want your handbook to be a contract of employment? If not (and you don't), then you need to affirm at-will employment status in the handbook. This should also be signed and dated by the employee." Mistake number two: Missing a policy on anti-harassment. It must include a definition (not just sex)...

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