Building a Tennessee business means having goals for expanding and growing. This may include adding more locations and increasing products and services to offer. It also means training and establishing a staff that can sustain that forward momentum and participate in the company’s growth. However, with employees comes many new aspects of business and corporate law.

One way to address many of those elements of law and to ensure employees are aware of a business owner’s expectations is to create a comprehensive employee handbook. The policies within the handbook should be reviewed with a new hire as early as possible in the hiring and training process so there is no confusion about the code of conduct the owner expects as the standard among employees. This includes matters ranging from dress codes, discrimination and harassment policies, and termination procedures.

Employees should also understand what they can expect from their employers. A handbook should not only outline conduct policies, but should include the process of discipline for violations of those regulations. However, it is not all negative in the company handbook, and employees will also appreciate seeing a consistent policy for raises and promotions as well as sick days and vacations.

Whether employees are new to the company or have been with the business owner from the early days, an employer who offers transparency, open lines of communication and consistency will certainly be appreciated by his or her workers. Creating such an environment involves a solid understanding of business and corporate law related to one’s industry. When seeking guidance for any of these issues, a Tennessee business owner can turn to an experienced attorney who has a history of success in all aspects of business law.