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Weekly Lessons, created and written by Richard R. Hammar, J.D., LL.M., CPA, give you a basic legal overview of essential topics based on staff or volunteer positions within a church.

This Week's LessonWeek of February 10

Employee Handbooks

Introduction

This lesson focuses on the issue of employee handbooks. You can review the Executive Summary to obtain the key points or read the Weekly Lesson for a more thorough presentation of this topic. Start by completing the following interactive quiz to test your knowledge.

A church secretary purchases an inexpensive "generic" employee handbook at a local office supply store, and presents it to the church board for consideration. Several board members work for employers that have implemented an employee handbook, and think it is a good idea for the church to do so. Should the board adopt this handbook? If so, on the basis of that criteria?

Weekly Quiz

Instructions Click on the correct answer for each of the following questions.

Executive Summary

As a church board member, you should be familiar with some important legal issues associated with employee handbooks. These include: (1) Should our church have an employee handbook? (2) If so, where can we obtain one? (3) Should it be reviewed by an attorney? (4) What should it say? (5) How often should it be updated? (6) How does it become legally binding on current as well as future employees? These are the issues addressed in this week's lesson.

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