Setting HR Policies

Linda Fang is the Principal Attorney at Banyan Legal Counsel, a law firm that supports businesses with employment law and business startup and expansion. In this guide she lays out what policies you should have in place for your employees in general, and how to to think about your processes around hiring, onboarding and offboarding employees, managing remote workers, protecting your company’s intellectual property, and more.

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Questions covered in this guide:

At what stage do you need to get serious about formalizing HR policies and procedures?

As you establish policies, how do you memorialize them and make them accessible to employees?

What are the types of policies that you need to set in your employee handbook?

What policies and procedures should you set up around hiring new employees?

What policies and procedures should you consider to protect your company’s IP and human capital?

What policies and procedures should you set to manage departing employees?

What health and safety policies should you consider, especially related to COVID-19?

If you have remote workers, what policies and agreements should you establish?

How should you think about when to spell out a clearly-defined policy, and when to have a “no rules” policy that leaves employees more freedom to exercise judgment?

When is it important to consult an employment lawyer, and when can you afford to work off of templates and established best practices?

How widely does employment law vary from state to state? How should you set policies that work in multiple states if you have a widely-distributed employee base?

What are the most important pieces to get right?

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