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Is a private (non state or federal) business required to provide an employee handbook?

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HR told me they are not required to give employee handbooks. In fact, they only have it for management training or references? Is this correct?

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There is no legal requirement for a company to have an employee handbook in California.

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An employee handbook is a good idea but not required. Where do these rumors start?

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Pamela Koslyn

Pamela Koslyn


Same place that gives rise ti the myth that CA workers and employees other states have the right to continued employment. I blame poor education and a lack of basic civics.


Public, private, large, small --every type of company can have one, or not, as they like. Most big businesses do, since it's going to be written to protect them.

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