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tryz
01-13-2004, 01:44 PM
hi,
I'm trying to put together a eployee's manual, the do's and do'nt of the job, and safety stuff. just woundering if anyone has one that i could take a look at. anything would help

thanks

Turfdude
01-13-2004, 01:48 PM
Here is what we have been using for years. It needs to be updated foir 2004. Add sick days, 50% H.C. after 6 months.

tryz
01-13-2004, 08:06 PM
thank you for the info turfdude,does anyone else have anything

thanks

the scaper
01-13-2004, 10:28 PM
my employee manuel is more like a verbal agreement, it reads like this- A: i am the boss, you do as i say. B: get the lead out of your a$$ or i'll find somebody else. :D

olderthandirt
01-13-2004, 10:40 PM
Turfdude
You better add that an emplyee has the right to miss days and will be granted FMLA for it. My wife just won a big lawsuit over that, Hope this can help


Mac

bayfish
01-13-2004, 11:46 PM
Originally posted by the scaper
my employee manuel is more like a verbal agreement, it reads like this- A: i am the boss, you do as i say. B: get the lead out of your a$$ or i'll find somebody else. :D

Add..."If you live to see the dawn, it's because I allow it." That's one of my personal favorites.

burnandreturn
01-14-2004, 12:46 AM
I would let someone else type it!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Team Gopher
01-14-2004, 07:57 AM
Hi tryz,

Here is a quote from this post (http://server2.lawnsite.com/showthread.php?s=&threadid=34578). Maybe it will help you further.

"I think a handbook is very important. I started using one about 8 or 9 years ago and we've gone through a bunch of revisions because new things come up. Your handbook can start out very simple. Which might include:

1) Staring time, ending time, pay day, overtime, etc.
2) Uniform
3) Company rules
4) Policies about smoking, use of personal cell phones, etc.
5) Rain day, lay off, call back issues
6) Use of company equipment, etc.
7) If you have company health insurance, a drug policy, etc., define it.
8) What happens if the employee doesn't show for a day? Is that voluntarily quitting?

A handbook should give answers to many of the day to day things that you're constantly having to police or answer. It will make your life a little easier. However at the same time you may not want to be too lucid in your handbook as you do not want to back yourself into a corner on things. Use it for general information at first. As you have more problems that you think need to be defined and as your business grows with more employees you might consider having an attorney look over it to show you where some of your liability exists.

There are several good books that have sample paragraphs and items that you could include in your book. Keep it simple and readable. Otherwise it'll just collect dust and won't be read.

It is then a good idea to have someone sign off on that they've read it and any questions they've had have been answered. It's maybe not so much a legal deal - but it puts the manual in front of the employee and they have to have the presence of mind to say that they read it and understand it. It adds credibility to your manual. Just make sure you have the same practices for each employee you hire - be consistent. That's the key!"

Turfdude
01-14-2004, 08:08 AM
Originally posted by olderthandirt
Turfdude
You better add that an emplyee has the right to miss days and will be granted FMLA for it. My wife just won a big lawsuit over that, Hope this can help


Mac

Mac, excuse my ignorance, but please explain a little WTF FMLA is. I will be renewing this manual sometime next week and will begin the hiring process in the begining of February. Thank you.

olderthandirt
01-14-2004, 01:14 PM
Originally posted by Turfdude
Mac, excuse my ignorance, but please explain a little WTF FMLA is. I will be renewing this manual sometime next week and will begin the hiring process in the begining of February. Thank you.

Family Medical Leave Act, Newer federal law that clinton passed I know part of her settlement was becouse it was not posted in her handbook.

Mac

dougaustreim
01-14-2004, 03:35 PM
Send me an e-mail at austreim@brookings.net and I will e-mail you ours, a very throurough manula that we have been updating for over ten years.

Doug
Austreim Landscaping

Turfdude
01-14-2004, 04:19 PM
Originally posted by olderthandirt
Family Medical Leave Act, Newer federal law that clinton passed I know part of her settlement was becouse it was not posted in her handbook.

Mac

Thank you Mac. Actually, because our business is so small, a lot of the benefits I offer are not required by law. THe FMLA I may have to check into. I know that we do not have to offer COBRA medical benefits to employees who quit or are fired.