Employee Rules of Conduct

- The Employee Rules of Conduct are designed to provide a reasonable set of regulations for employees to follow.
- Employees have a right to know what conduct is expected of them.  Without establishing such rules, an employer may have difficulty disciplining employees whose conduct is inappropriate.
- It is best to go over the Employee Rules of Conduct with each employee at the time that the employee is hired.  The employee should sign a copy of the Employee Rules of Conduct, and the signed copy should be retained in the employee's permanent file.  The employee should also be given a copy.
- The Employee Rules of Conduct states that the company may inspect employee lockers, desks and other items.  While this is useful, and often critical, in establishing the company's right to make such inspections, the employer should carefully review local and state law before actually carrying out such an inspection.
- Even though the employee has agreed in writing that the company has this right, Employers need to follow all of the local regulations and state laws when carrying out an inspection.  Failure to follow all of the laws and regulations may invalidate this inspection, and may also subject the employer to legal action by the employee (or by regulatory authorities).
- It is strongly recommended that you consult an attorney to ensure that none of these rules conflicts with the laws of your state or municipality.  Also, remember that rules must be enforced consistently or they may not be enforceable at all.

When You Need It
- To establishes rules for employees to follow in several employment situations.  
- The rules are general in nature and may be supplemented by other rules and policies on specific topics, such as conflict of interest and use of copyrighted materials.

Getting Started

You will need:
- Name of the company who is enacting the rules.
- Review each item in the document and revise as may be necessary to fit the particular needs of your company.

When to Review and Revise 
- To correct the information contained in the rules.
- To amend the rules to respond to changing business climates, new laws, etc.