Dan Chammas – How To Create An Employee Handbook

In addition to his work in litigating and resolving employment disputes for his clients, Dan Chammas also works closely with a number of companies on an array of employment issues, such as creating processes for terminating employees and drafting employee handbooks. The latter is a challenge that all employers must face, as poor employee handbooks will fail to provide people with the information they need about the company and also means the company itself will struggle to nail down company rules and processes that employees must abide by. If you are new to writing employee handbooks, try to keep the following tips in mind.

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Don’t Use Jargon

There will be sections of your employee handbook that relate to employment and labor law, which can make it tempting to slip into a more technical tone. While this may look impressive on paper, it will often be difficult to understand for employees. Your aim should be to make the handbook as concise and accessible as possible, not only because this benefits your employees but also because it will provide little room for misinterpretations, which can benefit the company in cases of employee dispute.

Be Conversational

Remember that your employee handbook is a major part of the introductory materials that people will receive when they are hired. As such, you should aim to keep the tone fairly casual, as this will help new hires feel welcomed by the company. Use words like “we” and “our” when describing what your company does and its goals, as this creates a sense of belonging and camaraderie.

Define Workplace Rules

You need to set the standard for what employees can expect from the workplace and how they are expected to act as early as possible. Draft a set of rules that all employees need to follow and have an attorney go over it to make sure you have everything covered. Avoid being too harsh with these rules, as you may negatively affect workplace morale if you are too strict. Also make it a point to have employees sign a copy of this document and make sure you are quick to update it and have it re-signed if any of the rules change.

Consider Ethics

Each company will have a standard of ethics that it expects employees to abide by. It can often be difficult to describe this ethical code on paper, so the best way to handle the issue is to create hypothetical examples of ethical quandaries that can be related to real-life scenarios that employees may find themselves in. Consider placing questions in the handbook about these created scenarios and use the answers to educate your employees about ethical issues and how they should act to properly represent the company and themselves.

Dan Chammas is an experienced attorney with a focus on employment and labor law.

Dan Chammas – Tips For New Law School Students

Before he embarked on a successful legal career that has spanned more than fifteen years, Dan Chammas was a student at Stanford Law School, which is one of the most prestigious educational institutions in the United States. To succeed in law school, students will need to adapt in a number of ways so they can face challenges they may not have experienced during their undergraduate studies. The following are all useful pointers for those who are just getting started.

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Get Organized

You will be faced with an enormous volume of work practically from the moment you start law school so you need to get organized as quickly as possible. Create a study schedule and find an area where you feel comfortable in doing your reading. Your aim, especially at first, is to start making sense of the materials that you are given. Your lessons will help with this, but that is not an excuse to hold back on your studying. Get started early and you should find that everything comes together quickly.

Always Do Your Reading

Most of your classes will require you to have done some reading beforehand. Not only will this prepare you for the class, but it will also allow you to figure out areas of the reading that you don’t understand, which means you will have questions to ask during the session. Sitting in the class quietly and trying to avoid being picked to answer questions because you haven’t done the reading prevents you from taking full advantage of the benefits that the classroom offers you.

Take Notes

When reading over your cases you should get into the habit of taking notes. This is called ‘briefing’ the case and the notes you take should be short and concise. Your aim with these notetaking sessions is to pick out anything that stands out to you, be it a relevant law for a specific aspect of the case or a contradiction in what you are reading.

Study With Others

Many law students try to take a lone approach to their studies, but this prevents you from accessing the benefits that come from working as part of a team. Try arranging a study group and you will find that most cases offer alternative perspectives. This will give you a more well-rounded view of the materials you are studying, plus it can act as preparation for working as part of a legal team.

Lower Your Stress

Law school will present a lot of stresses, so you need to be in a position to handle them. Make sure you eat well, exercise and get plenty of sleep. You should also take advantage of any opportunities you have to take time for yourself.

Dan Chammas is an experienced attorney and Stanford Law School graduate.