San Diego, CA (PRWEB) December 14, 2012
Restaurant employee handbooks are an important tool for any restaurant owner or manager. Not only does a restaurant employee handbook protect the establishment from legal issues by laying out the laws regarding restaurant operation for the employees, but it also helps employees to feel more secure about the procedures of the restaurant.
Because information on things such as uniform standards, scheduling and benefits are all provided for everyone to see, it also prevents discrimination against certain employees or employees feeling that they are being discriminated against.
The U.S. Small Business Association provides guidelines for those who wish to write employee handbooks of any kind, but there are a few specifics that restaurant owners should not overlook when writing one for their employees.
Because food preparation can literally be a life of death matter, the laws and regulations regarding the handling, storage and preparation of food are often very strict. Both the national and local laws should be carefully researched and a lawyer may be called in to help in this matter.
All other legalities pertaining to the food industry should also be laid out in clear and easy to understand language in the restaurant employee handbook. This is important, as there are many details to running a restaurant business that are actually regulated by the State or local government.
Waste disposal, for example, can be an issue as some states restrict what substances can be poured down what type of drains etc. Employees need to know this information so that both they and the business can stay out of hot water with the legal system.
Making a restaurant employee handbook available to all employees can also help to resolve or avoid many conflicts in the work place. If an employee is not sure of the proper procedure for something that happens in the restaurant, they can simply refer to their handbooks.
If there is a disciplinary issue, it is much easier to show the justification for the disciplinary action if it is an infraction or violation of something that is clearly presented in the employee handbook.
This small part of running a restaurant business can benefit both the restaurant owner and the employees greatly and should not be overlooked by anyone planning on starting a restaurant or who has been running one without the guidance of a restaurant employee handbook. A full restaurant employee handbook review gives more tips on what should be included in this helpful tool for the restaurateur.