Washington, D.C. — Feb. 9
Employee handbooks are more important than ever as employers face rapid changes in technology, societal norms and worker expectations.
Thompson’s Employee Handbook Builder breaks new ground with an intuitive, Web-based system that allows businesses to create customized handbooks compliant with federal and state laws.
Designed in conjunction with top employment attorneys at Jackson Lewis, Thompson’s Employee Handbook Builder delivers up-to-date advice for employers and employees in everything from sexual harassment to blogging and email policies.
Notably, the Handbook Builder provides in-depth analysis of both federal and state regulations — without the expense for additional forms or extra modules from competitive programs.
And when laws change, updates are promptly communicated to customers to help them keep their handbooks in compliance.
“In late 2006, San Francisco passed an ordinance requiring employers to offer paid sick leave to their employees,” said Phil Gabel, Thompson Publishing Group president and CEO. “We communicated this change to our California customers weeks before the changes took effect, enabling them to amend their handbooks and keep them current.”
Gabel also said because Employee Handbook Builder allows employees to access employee handbooks through a password-protected Web site, companies save money on costly printing and distribution when changes do occur.
With the highly intuitive online program, users conversant with their company’s operations easily can work through the entire handbook-building process in about an hour.
But users don’t have to write an entire handbook in one sitting — they can log out and come back at any time to finish creating a new employee handbook or to edit a completed handbook.
Thompson’s Employee Handbook Builder is entirely customizable and intuitive with minimal jargon.
An interview format produces sample employee handbook pages based on user selections — policies they can modify, edit and reformat through standard Web-based word processing tools.
When viewing these sample employee handbook pages, users can click on “Explain This to Me” pages, which contain additional insights on how and when a particular provision may apply, or legal pitfalls to avoid.