Employee Handbooks: Why they are important in NC

Walter Devins, Attorney

North Carolina is an “at will” employment state, meaning that either employer or employee may terminate the working relationship for any reason, provided there are no express contractual terms and reasons for termination are legal (for example, the employer cannot fire his employee based on her race).  (See the N.C. Department of Labor definition)

Due to North Carolina’s adherence to the employment-at-will doctrine, it is a good idea for employers to create an employee handbook as a communication tool for their employees.  An employee handbook provides employees with the company’s expectations and lets them know what they can expect of the company as their employer.  The handbook may also define the company’s legal obligations to employees and provide an explanation of employees’ rights.

Beyond this general scope, specifically the handbook can include the company’s policies on anti-discrimination, plan for compensation and benefits, work schedule and vacation policies, dress code, and other information such as resignation procedures, and use of social media at work.

If you would like help putting together or modifying an existing employee handbook, please give our firm a call and we would be happy to be of assistance in making certain all elements of the handbook are legally compliant.

If you are an employee, be sure to read your handbook so you are aware of your employer’s policies and procedures, as well as your rights as the employed.

Walter Devins

Harrison & Devins, PA