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Pastor, Church & Law

written by Richard R. Hammar, J.D., LL.M., CPA

Employee Handbooks

Volume 3 . Chapter 8, Part 5 . § 8-28
Key Point 8-28 Employee handbooks can provide employees with valuable information on the terms and conditions of their employment. However, they may also expose a church to an increased risk of liability. For this reason, it is important for churches to have an attorney prepare, or review, an employee handbook before it is adopted.

Many employers have adopted employee handbooks as a way of informing employees of various job-related policies and benefits. While handbooks can be helpful in avoiding disagreements and false expectations, they can create legal risks to the employer in some cases. Here are some important points to consider in drafting an employee handbook:

• Legal review. Plaintiffs' lawyers will scrutinize every word in your ...

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