On October 13, 2010, President Obama signed into law the Plain Writing Act of 2010. In essence, the new law means that everything the government writes down must be easy to understand. This new requirement for stating things plainly applies to “covered documents,” which include those documents necessary for obtaining any federal government benefit or service or filing taxes. By Spring, 2010, every federal agency must publish a report on the agency’s Web site illustrating how the agency has been compliant with the law. No doubt the report will be written clearly. Full Article
Often times an Employee Handbook leaves a company’s policies open to attack because it is not easily understood by its employees. If the handbook is too vague or technical, and not clearly understood by employees, then it may not serve the intended purpose. Particularly sticky employment issues include vacation, equal employment, and sexual harassment policies. Any changes a company makes in these areas should be reviewed by an attorney. As well, a periodic review by an attorney who can make sure that the manual is consistent with any changes in federal, state, or local laws is advisable.
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