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Personnel Manuals
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A personnel manual, often referred to as a Personnel Policies and Procedures Manual, provides information for supervisors and managers on how to handle human resources and employee relations situations that arise in the workplace. The personnel manual is for use by supervisors and managers and should be distinguished from the employee handbook, which is written for employees. Even though employers are not required to put policies in writing, the best practice is to have written policies to assure consistent treatment of all employees. Personnel manuals should be carefully drafted to reserve management discretion to address employee matters and to avoid the creation of implied contracts that could alter the at-will nature of employment. Employers are advised to have the manual reviewed by counsel to avoid unintended legal consequences.
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