For any business just getting started with employment policies and procedures, the prospect of drafting an employee handbook can be intimidating. Horror stories about 200-page handbooks abound, alongside tales of handbooks that have done more harm than good for their well-intentioned authors. When you have an array of state and local regulations—not to mention new licensing frameworks—to contend with, employees to hire, and a young and competitive market to contend with, you might ask yourself whether handbooks are more trouble than they’re worth.
In a word, no. When done right, employee handbooks are a critical tool in providing structure for employees and protection for businesses. When done wrong—or not at all—an employee handbook can be a source of frustration for employees and a source of liability for you. As a cannabis business owner, here’s what you need to know to set yourself up for success in the