Aren't Employee Manuals a Legal Thing? -Reply

Subject: Aren't Employee Manuals a Legal Thing? -Reply
From: Bill Sullivan <bsullivan -at- SMTPLINK -dot- DELTECPOWER -dot- COM>
Date: Sat, 15 Mar 1997 11:39:35 -0800

Amy Corrigan asks:
>A recent question sparked this in my mind. Aren't employee manuals
a legal thing? Can't employees sue companies based on what is in
them? Don't they have to be reviewed carefully by those in a
position to speak for a company as well as the legal representative
for the company?

According to my wife, who has a background in personnel work,
employees absolutely can sue over the language not only in personnel
manuals but also in job advertising. As a matter of fact, when I
served as Voice of the San Diego STC Job Hotline for a couple of
years, and I recorded job listings every week, I made it a point to
always say the job was a Regular job and not Permanent. Regular, I
was told, is the preferred term. Apparently, if you call a job
permanent, you could have some serious explaining to do if a person
is hired to and fired from that job. No lawsuits for the San Diego
STC during my watch!!

Bill Sullivan
bsullivan -at- deltecpower -dot- com
San Diego, California

TECHWR-L (Technical Communication) List Information: To send a message
to 2500+ readers, e-mail to TECHWR-L -at- LISTSERV -dot- OKSTATE -dot- EDU -dot- Send commands
Search the archives at or search and
browse the archives at

Previous by Author: Re: Newsl article re:copyright -Reply
Next by Author: Accessibility -Reply
Previous by Thread: Re: Aren't Employee Manuals a Legal Thing?
Next by Thread: Estimating context-sensitive help topics

What this post helpful? Share it with friends and colleagues:

Sponsored Ads

Sponsored Ads