District of Columbia Employee Handbooks laws & HR compliance analysis

District of Columbia Employee Handbooks: What you need to know

Employee handbooks should be drafted according to the particular needs of each individual workplace and in accordance with the requirements of state and federal law. Employers should try to develop policies and procedures that reflect the company's size, employee needs, and company philosophy. Employers should have an attorney familiar with state labor and employment laws review their handbooks for legal accuracy and timeliness. Outdated or erroneous policies can be just as dangerous as not having policies at all.
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Employers should exercise caution when developing handbooks and related policy statements. To avoid implied contract claims, employers should issue only general statements of policy in employee handbooks and should always include an explicit statement reserving the right to alter, amend, or change any handbook policy at any time and for any reason.
The District of Columbia is an “employment-at-will” district. Therefore, an employer may generally terminate an employment relationship at any time and for any reason unless a collective bargaining agreement, employment contract, existing law, or recognized public policy provides otherwise.
In addition, the D.C. courts have held that clear statements in an employee handbook or policy manual (e.g., progressive discipline policies) may create an implied employment contract (Clampitt v. American Univ., 957 A.2d 23 (DC Ct. App. 2008)).
Many courts allow employers to escape potential contractual liability for handbook policies as long as a proper and sufficient disclaimer statement has been included.
The D.C. courts have held that while including a disclaimer is not determinative, especially when it ...

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District of Columbia Employee Handbooks Resources

Type Title
Checklists Employee Handbook Checklist
Policies Employment at Will—Handbook Receipt
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