Creating Employee Policies for Equal Employment

Small businesses may be able to prevent and correct discrimination without the use of formal, written employee policies. For example, you may inform employees that discrimination is prohibited and encourage employees to report discrimination to you promptly.

Even so, you may decide to develop written policies. Developing and distributing clear employee policies, updating the policies as needed, and consistently enforcing the policies may:

Even if you decide not to have written policies, the following information may be helpful when developing your workplace rules and expectations.

General Non-Discrimination Policy Tips

* Federal, state and local laws may prohibit additional types of discrimination and/or require you to provide reasonable accommodations for other reasons. Federal, state and local government websites may have additional information about these laws.

Harassment Policy Tips

* Federal, state and local laws may prohibit additional types of harassment. Federal, state and local government websites may have additional information about these laws.

Reasonable Accommodation Policy for Equal Employment

* Federal, state and local laws may require you to provide reasonable accommodations for other reasons. Federal, state and local government websites may have additional information about these laws.

Manager Responsibilities – Reasonable Accommodation Tips

The laws enforced by the EEOC require employers to provide reasonable accommodations (changes to the way things are normally done at work) because of an employee’s disability or religious beliefs, in certain circumstances.*

Ensuring that managers understand their reasonable accommodation responsibilities may help prevent disability discrimination and religious discrimination.

You may decide to designate one person, or a small group of people, to handle reasonable accommodation requests. If so, ensure that this person or group of people understands:

Managers who are not designated to handle reasonable accommodation requests also have responsibilities. In particular, ensure that they understand:

Equal Employment Leave Policy Tips

These tips are based on federal employment discrimination laws. Other laws, such as workers’ compensation laws and family and medical leave laws, may also apply to your business. Federal, state and local government websites may have information about these laws.

 

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