Every organization must have up-to-date policies which guide the relationships between staff and management. There has been a noticeable increase in lawsuits regarding wrongful termination, harassment and discrimination, disagreements about promotions or salary actions, etc. Parties to lawsuits include the organization, management and/or board members. Therefore, personnel policies must be reviewed at least once a year by an outside advisor who is an expert about all of the employee-related laws and regulations.
Be sure that management is well versed about the policies. Typically, courts will interpret actions by organizational personnel as representative of the organization’s preferred course of action and superseding related, documented policies.