In the world of employment, there are two positions of bargaining. One is the employer and the other is the employee. In general, the public views the two positions as unequal in nature given the power of the Company. This is due to the historical position the courts have taken in employer/employee cases. As the human resources officer of your Company it is important for you to fully understand the At-Will Employment Doctrine as this doctrine sets the relationship between the two parties.
The employee handbook is a document that acts as a guide and a tool to explain the company’s policies and procedures. It is merely an introduction document.
The employee manual is a guidebook and a tool to explain the policies and procedures for the small business operation. It addresses the basic expectations for performance and conduct of the employee. The manual is only a guide and the employee needs to understand its importance in the overall corporate policies and procedures hierarchy.