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.
Most churches have adopted employment policies, either in a policy manual or as individual policies. Examples include policies addressing:
cell phone usage
safety and security
compensation and benefits
discipline and dismissal
conflicts of interest
leaves of absence
For many churches, policies change. Additions and modifications are common. Church leaders often assume that additions and changes automatically apply to current as well as future employees. ...
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