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Is It Time to Update Your Employee Handbook?

Is your employee handbook current and in accordance with the most recent changes to applicable State Laws? For instance, did you know that as of  April 1, 2019 there are new poster and employee handbook requirements related to personal or disability leave? How easily can this change be added to your existing handbook?

We often hear when asking our nonprofit clients if they have an employee handbook, “we are a small employer and were not aware we needed one” or “we have a handbook but it has not been updated recently.”  Whether your organization has 1 employee or 1,000 employees, it is critical to have a well-written, up to date employee handbook that reflects your organization’s current culture.

The employee handbook serves as a communication tool between employees and management and can reduce confusion about company policies.  Your employees want to know what is expected of them to ensure that everyone is being treated fairly, and they want to know where to go if there is an issue.  The handbook also serves to protect the employer and helps maintain equity and consistency. However, if your handbook is out of date or incomplete, it is a liability to the organization and can cause real harm to both employees and your organization.

Many of you are wearing multiple hats with huge workloads, and we understand this. That is why we provide our clients with the Living Handbook as part of their complimentary subscription to ThinkHR. The Living Handbook is “a comprehensive living, breathing handbook”, is easy to customize and more importantly, easy to update when laws change.  In addition, access to Live Advisors gives you the resources you need to have questions answered as you build your handbook. We encourage you to check out the Living Handbook Information Sheet and conduct the Employee Handbook Self Audit:

Living Handbook Information Sheet

Optional upgrade features are available in the Living Handbook beyond features included in our complimentary handbook solution offered to clients. Multi-state, Spanish Language handbook, and e-Signature referenced on the information sheet can be added for a fee directly with ThinkHR. Additionally, your handbook can be legally reviewed for a discounted fee if you have prepared a Living Handbook through your complimentary ThinkHR subscription:


To request information on conducting a handbook audit or for ThinkHR’s webinar on The Living Handbook reply in the comments below.

If you would like any further information on ThinkHR and/or The Living Handbook please reply below or call CalNonprofits Insurance Services at 888-427-5222.




Updated Poster and Handbook Policy, Think HR Comply: California Law Alerts – March 2019


About the Author

  • Founded in 1984 as a subsidiary of the California Association of Nonprofits (CalNonprofits), CalNonprofits Insurance Services was established during a time of diminishing insurance options for nonprofits. One of the driving reasons for establishing the association was to use the collective influence of the sector to secure more stable and quality insurance. We have developed, and are known for, our wide spectrum of services reflecting expertise in both the insurance and nonprofit sectors, our superior customer service, and our development of exclusive insurance products, including a highly successful dental and vision trust. We insure more than 1,200 nonprofit organizations throughout California and we are the only California brokerage specializing in insurance for nonprofits. Our clients range from newly established nonprofits all the way to venerable organizations with multiple locations statewide.

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