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What to Include in an Employee Handbook > What to Include in an Employee Handbo... - Pg. 91

Staffing Up 91 · At-will status acceptance: If your state allows, include a statement confirming the "at-will" status of employment. · Anti-discrimination and harassment policy: A statement of the anti-discrimination and work- place harassment policies. Make it clear that you expect all employees, whatever their rank, to comply with this policy. Include the name and contact information of at least two people to whom complaints may be filed formally or informally, how long an employee should expect to wait for a response, possible penalties for breach of the policy, an anti-retaliation provision (i.e. that a worker won't be penalized later for having filed a complaint), and a notice that filing false claims may result in termination. · E-mail and computer use: Note that e-mail must not contain any illegal, libelous, or offensive statements, that office e-mail is for business purposes, not for personal use; that all e-mail is company property and the company has the right to access e-mail sent to or from every com- puter, including deleted e-mail; that the company reserves the right to monitor employees' com- puters and their usage, and that violation of the e-mail policy may result in discipline or termi- nation. · Drugs, alcohol, and smoking: State the company's policy concerning smoking, drugs and al- cohol in the workplace. · Violence: A statement of policy against workplace violence. · Technology use: A statement on the use of technology in the workplace. Clearly set forth whether employees may make personal use of telephones, word-processing systems, computer games, facsimile machines, copiers, employer Internet connections or other office technology either during or after work hours. Remember that if you ask people to work more than a 40-hour week, it will be difficult for them to accomplish their errands without some leniency in this regard. · Plan benefits. Don't detail the plan benefits, merely state that they exist and refer to the policy