Sound employment policies provide the framework within which an organization
governs its employee relations. A policies and procedures manual guides
both managers and employees as to what is expected and can prevent
misunderstandings about employer policy. In addition, supervisors
and managers are more likely to consistently apply policies if they
are clearly communicated in writing.
It is true that written policies, like any record,
can be used against an organization in a lawsuit. Poorly drafted policies
often become the main evidence presented when employees allege that
the policies were in fact a contract that the employer violated. However,
policies that are carefully written so as not to be contracts actually
should protect against these claims and not be a problem. In addition,
carefully written policies can be used to illustrate your commitment
to a positive work environment and to nondiscriminatory employment
Benefits: The purpose of providing benefits is to increase
the economic security of employees. Employees often consider the benefits
that are available from their company as important as the compensation
that they receive from their position within the company.
Home Works will review what benefits you may have in place for your
employees and make recommendations for benefits that you might be
able to offer your employees. Employment benefits are various non-wage
compensations provided to employees in addition to their normal wages
or salaries. Employment benefits will often include but are not limited
to: Group insurance (health, dental, life etc.), retirement benefits,
tuition reimbursement, sick leave, vacation (paid and non-paid), social
security, profit sharing and funding of education. Other benefits
that might be available to your employees could include: vision and
dental plans; health and dependent care flexible spending accounts;
group-term life and long term care insurance plans; legal assistance
plans; adoption assistance; child care benefits.
Mediation is a form of alternative dispute resolution (ADR). The purpose
of mediation is to assist two (or more) disputants in reaching an
agreement. The key component of mediation is that in order to reach
an agreement it has to be determined by the parties themselves rather
than being decided by a third party. A mediator is used to facilitate
better communication between the parties in order to assist them in
arriving at a decision that is mutually agreed upon.
Berkshire Home Works provides mediation services for conflict resolution
including divorce mediation. They also provide mediation services
for employers and employees.
contact Berkshire Home Works if we can be of assistance to your company,