Can the owners of a company make verbal changes to a written employee manual? 4 Answers as of June 15, 2015

A 40-50 employee company has written employee manual with rules, policies, procedures. Do any addendum's and changes to this manual need to be in writing or can verbal changes be made at will by employer?

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Alena Shautsova
Alena Shautsova | Alena Shautsova
It depends. Owners generally can get away with many things, unless there is a contract issue or a discrimination issue.
Answer Applies to: New York
Replied: 6/15/2015
KEYL ADR Services, LLC | Mark D. Keyl
Mississippi is an employee at will state, which means that they can verbally change a policy based on company needs, so long as it is not discriminatory.
Answer Applies to: Mississippi
Replied: 6/12/2015
I do not know what this is: "A 40-50 employee company " The employer may change the handbook any time. It is their document, and no contractual relationship arises from the hand book in most states. If you are not in GA, you should resubmit your question and identify which state, since the law varies from state to state.
Answer Applies to: Georgia
Replied: 6/12/2015
Fox & Fox, S.C. | Richard F. Rice
Probably, if there is a disclaimer in the manual, but an attorney would need to review the manual and all information to be certain.
Answer Applies to: Wisconsin
Replied: 6/12/2015
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