As a faith-based organization, there is good chance you have a handful of employees and volunteers assisting in the daily, weekly, and monthly operations of the business. To ensure that the operations run as smoothly as possible, the first order of business should be to get everybody on the same page.
A church or company handbook is the rulebook or the user guide for your employees and volunteers. It orients workers and supervisors so that they are working from the same understanding. It lets the employer set the expectation regarding performance and commitment, and it serves as a quick resource for an employee or a volunteer with a question. Furthermore, it provides employees with crucial information regarding vacation or leave policies, compensation, and benefits.
Reviewing the employment and volunteer policies contained in your handbook annually will allow you to update the laws and regulations as needed and it will give you the opportunity to clarify policies that may be unclear. It is also important to distribute new copies of the handbook whenever changes are made so that your employees and volunteers are always aware of the new expectations.
Keep in mind that simply having an employee handbook will not alleviate you from all legal liability, but it is a good start to minimizing your exposure. Creating a church or company handbook is another practice that takes time to start; however, it can save you money, time, and energy in the long run if it’s put to proper use. Furthermore, creating policies for your handbook and following them will make the day-to-day operations of your business much smoother.
“When everything else fails read the instructions.”
Asha Wilkerson is the founder of The Wilkerson Law Office. She is also the author of Employment Law for Church Leaders. Ms. Wilkerson provides skilled advice and counsel to for-profit, non-profit, and faith-based organizations in the areas of business and employment law. The mission of The Wilkerson Law Office, is to preserve the longevity of your business by ensuring that every aspect of your organization is legally sound and operating in compliance with state and federal law.