Handbooks & Policy Development

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Prevention starts with the right policy.

Employers need proactive, skilled advice on the myriad of issues that arise daily in the workplace, from attendance and performance management, discipline, employee complaints, leaves and accommodations, paid time off and wage and hour issues, to the most complex and sensitive situations, including those involving the highest tiers of management. Businesses need counsel who will help them stay ahead of legal changes in the marketplace and address workplace realities and business needs. They need counsel that will ensure that existing policies and procedures are legally compliant and work to reduce litigation, and, when litigation occurs, aid in the defense of a lawsuit.


We help employers of all sizes and varying footprints to ensure that they have policies and procedures in place that reflect their culture, business priorities, and that are compliant with existing rules and regulations to avoid the risks of litigation and related workplace challenges.  

Our attorneys constantly monitor the ever-changing federal, state, and local employment laws impacting company policies and employee handbooks, serving as proactive partners in creating, reviewing, and maintaining customized, best in class strategic and compliant policies and handbooks. We provide template policies tailored to our clients’ specific needs, goals, and core values, and we help establish internal systems to efficiently implement those policies. We provide approachable and actionable training for key personnel and prioritize positive employee relations and enhanced productivity.


We routinely work with clients to design and/or review applicable personnel forms spanning the entire range of human resources activities, including, but not limited to, applications; model offer letters; security data sheets for criminal history checks; consent forms for FCRA compliance; leave of absence forms to comply with the Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA)/Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) requirements; performance appraisals; disciplinary action forms; reduction-in-force ranking forms; and the like.

The Handbooks & Policy Development team works with a wide range of clients with varying needs. Our clients with national operations sometimes prefer to have a “one size fits all policy” approach that will meet the toughest restrictions of even the most employee-friendly jurisdictions. Others go with a “one size fits most policy” approach.  Yet other clients may benefit from customized policies or handbooks for each individual jurisdiction.

We assist clients with multi-state operations in a variety of industries, including national retailers, pharmaceutical companies, national hotel chains, major transportation companies, tobacco companies, healthcare institutions, non-profit organizations, financial services, manufacturing and consumer goods, and insurance and consulting companies.


Seyfarth maintains a strong ethos of superior client service that tailors solutions to fit the business model of each individual client, while maintaining a seamless approach to delivery.  We have fully integrated tools, process-improvement techniques, management skills, training and other best practices to allow us to create significant value for our clients, and to assist with the roll out of updated policies and practices, ensuring a seamless execution across entities and operations. With attorneys skilled in every facet of employment law, from workplace safety to privacy and social media, our clients benefit from a market-leading national platform of the most experienced employment attorneys in their discipline.