|June 1, 2014 | www.fisherphillips.com|
Obesity rates continue to rise, and so are healthcare costs, workers’ compensation claims, productivity losses, and employee time away from work. So what can an employer who is feeling weighed down by these expenses do to cut costs related to employee obesity? Many are implementing wellness programs that focus on healthy behaviors and attaining a healthy weight.
The days of believing that a handbook can cause more harm than good are long gone. In today’s business environment, a handbook serves both as a sword to carve out your legal rights as well as a shield to protect them.
A handbook sets expectations, encourages employees to behave in certain ways, helps ensure that employees are treated consistently, publicizes employee benefits, and helps win unemployment claims and lawsuits. These are just a few of the reasons why every employer, regardless of the number of employees, should have one.