I am wanting to go into business publishing employee manuals for small business
There is no requirement in Texas that you have an employee handbook at all. It can be advisable to have a handbook to set the general terms of employment but most employers in Texas will add language noting that the employer can change the terms of the handbook at anytime, that the handbook is not a contract and other provisions. I recommend that you have an attorney help you with this language. It should not be a large undertaking nor terribly expensive.
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I don't know any state that requires a business to have employee handbook by law. I can't imagine Texas is any different. An employee handbook is smart practice to protect the company regarding employment at-will, discrimination, termination, and other issues.
I assume that you mean to say that you plan to draft the terms of the employee handbooks (not just publish these as that is really separate). If so, you should speak with a TX attorney to provide appropriate disclaimers and waivers as you don't want to be liable for the unauthorized practice of law.
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If you want to be in the business of publishing employee manuals, you really need to become conversant on the need and requirements of employee manuals. There are a number of educational seminar companies who have classes on employee manuals.
In Texas there is no requirement for a manual. But there are dangers and pitfalls if the manual is not prepared properly. You need to make sure that the manual cannot be construed as a contract, because the employer does not (typically) want to give up employee at will status. If the employer misstates the provisions of an employee manual, the employer could be facing contract claims based on the manual, and claims that the employee was employed for a term and could no longer be terminated at will.
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