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Policies, Handbooks: Samples and Examples

Policies, handbooks and procedures provide guidance for fair and consistent staff treatment. They are most useful when applied as guidelines rather than as rules and laws. Use these examples to guide the development of your policies, handbooks and procedures. The sample policies, procedures and handbooks provided have not been reviewed by an attorney. Consult your own attorney for review.

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Employment Information, Guidelines, and Laws Directory
Look no further for everything you need in one spot about employment - links to the Department of Labor, laws, OSHA, and informational content. Start here when you develop policies, procedures or your handbook.

Human Resources Policy and Procedure Directory
When I think of the most frequent email messages I receive, requests for sample and example policies, procedures, and handbook wording are among the most frequent. In response, I am compiling this resource for your use: sample and example policies and procedures. If you have written for your organization or found an effective policy, procedure, or guideline online, please send email to the Guide.

How to Recruit and Hire the Best: A Checklist for Success
Want to recruit and hire a superior workforce? This checklist will help you systematize your hiring process. The checklist helps you keep track of your recruiting efforts. It communicates both the recruiting and the hiring process and progress in recruiting to the hiring manager. Take a look and provide feedback.

Performance Management: Performance Development Plan Form
This Performance Development Planning Form (PDP)provides a format to use in your quarterly Performance Development Planning meetings to document goals, measurements and progress on goals. Business, personal and professional goals are documented and tracked.

How to Reduce the Cost of Advertising: Ad Adventures
Itís expensive to advertise available positions in newspaper classifieds and online. You can significantly reduce the cost of online advertising and classified advertising with a bit of effort and rewriting. The cost savings is definitely worth your time. Want to know more? I'll share a recent experience.

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Why Job Descriptions Are Good Business
The job description is a communication tool significant for your organization's success. A poorly-written job description creates workplace confusion, hurts communication, and makes people feel as if they don't know what is expected from them. Read words of wisdom and warning about job descriptions.

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Attendance Policies
Check here for a sample attendance policy and links to more examples. From the HR Glossary.

HR Job Descriptions
From the Occupational Outlook Handbook, job descriptions are provided for human resources, training, and labor relations specialists and managers. The nature of the work and working conditions are described.

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AHI's Employment Law Research Center
AHI offers an excellent resource that problem solves and offers tips on many HR challenges including dress codes, jury duty, age discrimination, mistakes, office politics, and more. Highly recommended.

Time Off Discussion
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Employer May Not Unilaterally Modify Employee Handbook
A recent state court decision will impact HR policy nationally. The court upheld that a company could not alter an employee handbook when the content contains a policy which has become part of an employment contract.

Firing and Disciplining Employees
Article discusses the steps in a progressive discipline procedure that is fair to the employee and yet protects the company. It also highlights how to conduct an investigation. Many great resources at this site!

Personnel File Contents
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Policies Essential in a Religious Setting
"The topic of policies is not always a welcome one in our churches, as many want the flexibility to deal with issues on a case-by-case basis whenever possible-and thereís something to be said for that. However, when it comes to the treatment of employees, if one place needs policies, itís our Christian churches," says Ken Godevenos, MBA, CCP, CHRP.

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