Employee Handbooks: When You Have More than 15 Employees

Last week, you read about the basics of Employee Handbooks.  The list you saw in that post was a list of standard policies for fewer than 15 employees. If you have 15 or more employees, you are required by law to begin implementing more policies with broader protections.  Some of these laws are dictated by the state, and some are statutes held at the federal level.  (Note: the information contained in this blog post is written with Illinois state law considered.  Other states may have varied requirements; always seek a licensed attorney in your state to help you with your business’ Employee Handbook.)

Additional Policies for 15-49 Employees

If you have 15 or more employees, but still fewer than fifty, your Employee Handbook will include all the policies you saw in last week’s post, plus…

  1. Equal Employment Opportunity Policy
  2. Internal Complaint Procedure
  3. Sexual and Discriminatory Harassment Policies
  4. Retaliation Policy
  5. Reasonable Accommodation Policy
  6. Family Military Leave (may vary from State to State)

Additional Policies for 50 or more Employees

If you have 50 or more employees, your Employee Handbook will include all of the policies for 49 or fewer employees, plus…

  1. School Visitation Leave / Small Necessities Law
  2. Blood Donation Leave
  3. Family and Medical Leave
  4. Victims of Domestic Violence Accommodation Policy

In summary, the key to protecting yourself and your employees as your business grows is staying up-to-date with your company policies in your Employee Handbook.  If you are just starting out on your small business journey, it is important to always have legal compliance in mind as you bring more employees on board.  The need for more employees is, of course, a great sign of your business’ growth and success; however, growth rarely comes without risks.  Your small business attorney is there to help you mitigate those risks, and keep your company policies both functional and compliant.

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