The legal threat is constantly growing for businesses, not only from outside the organization by business partners or customers, but also from within - by employees.
Currently the bigger threat is being sued by your own staff for running afoul of a smorgasbord of statutes like labor, wage and hour, worker classification, discrimination and harassment laws.
As an employer you need to be aware of the many threats errant policies may pose to your organization's financial wellbeing. One lawsuit by a disgruntled or wronged employee with a large award or hefty attorney fees can sink a small business.
Part of protecting your organization is implementing strong workplace policies and enforcing them. But you also need to communicate them to your staff, including via your employee handbook.
To best protect your business, your handbook should cover the following:
Finally, spell out the steps you will take against employees that violate the policy.
Make sure that your policies are conveyed to new hires by going over the handbook with them page by page, asking them to take it home and read it and having them sign off that they have read it when they are finished.
It is also a good idea to hold a yearly refresher for all existing staff, as well.