Owners of Wisconsin small businesses with few employees may feel it is superfluous to have an employee handbook. After all, the atmosphere is often less strict, and the employees have access to the owner if questions should arise. However, business advocates recommend that employers of even a single worker would reduce the potential for business law disputes by providing their employees with clear guidelines and expectations through an employee handbook.
Simply having policies in a written format for easy referral sets boundaries for employees and offers business owners a way to ensure they are treating all workers in a fair and consistent manner. A handbook can include the company-wide policy for vacation and sick days, absenteeism and lateness, dress code, and a code of conduct. A handbook can also reassure employees that their employer will deal quickly and harshly with workers who engage in harassment or discrimination on the job.