Manual for LeGrande Affaire Chauffeurs

CHAUFFEURS HANDBOOK ON COMPANY POLICY

REVISED 2/2002

 

                                                                                                                 

CHAUFFEUR’S NAME                                                                                 DATED

 

 

LeGrande Affaire Limousine Service, INC. was founded in 1984 with the conviction that customer satisfaction was the key to being number one in the industry. We were right!!! As a result of our high standards and expectations, LeGrande Affaire Limousine Service, Inc. has experienced tremendous growth and success and has achieved the highest of ratings.

 

A certain set of standards, rules, and policies have been developed over the years and have been implemented to ensure that LeGrande Affaire Limousine Service, Inc. remains the number one limousine service in the entire Bay Area. All policies and procedures have been established through a system of trial and error and have been set in place to ensure that past mistakes are not made again. Our aim is to continue providing our clientele with optimal chauffeur provided service and the best quality state-of-the-art ground transportation in the entire Bay Area.

 

Any procedure or rule herein that is not fully understood can be directed to a member of the management team. The LeGrande Affaire Limousine Service, Inc. management team is here to help you help us maintain our excellent reputation and number one standing!!

 

 

Employment with LeGrande Affaire is at-will.  Both you and LeGrande Affaire Limousine Service, Inc. have the right to terminate your employment at any time, with or without advance notice and with or without cause.  No one in this organization other than the President has the authority to alter that arrangement, to enter into an agreement for employment for a specified period of time, or to make any agreement contrary to this policy.  The President can do so only in a written agreement that is signed by both the President and you.

 

 

LeGrande Affaire Limousine Service, Inc. is an equal opportunity employer. We will not unlawfully discriminate against qualified applicants or employees with respect to any terms or conditions of employment based on race, color, national origin, ancestry, sex, sexual orientation, age, religion, creed, physical or mental disability, medical condition, marital status, citizenship status, military service status, or other basis protected by law.  When necessary, LeGrande Affaire Limousine Service, Inc., will reasonably accommodate employees and applicants with disabilities if the person is otherwise qualified to safely perform all of the essential functions of the position.

 

 

We expect all employees to be treated and treat each other with professional respect and without discrimination on the basis of race, gender, religion, national origin, age, disability, sexual preference, or any other basis protected by law. Unlawful harassment, whether verbal or physical, on the basis of race, gender, religion, national origin, age, disability, sexual preference, or any other basis protected by law, is a form of discrimination, and is strictly prohibited.

 

 

Persons who engage in unlawful harassment will be subject to immediate discipline up to and including discharge from employment depending upon the seriousness of the offense, in the sole discretion of the management.

 

Sexual harassment can consist of unwelcome verbal or physical conduct of a sexual nature, which is made a condition of employment or creates a hostile work environment. It can consist of verbal comments, jokes, slurs, innuendo, visual displays, leering, touching, grabbing, horseplay, impending progress, or other similar conduct.

 

 

Incidents of unlawful harassment must be reported to your immediate supervisor or to the Operations Manager for the company. Management will investigate all claims of unlawful harassment and take appropriate steps to ensure a work environment free of unlawful harassment. If you, or someone you know, is the victim of unlawful harassment, immediately report such instances and be identify any potential witnesses and/or other evidence to be investigated.  If the situation is not resolved, or if the alleged harasser is the person to whom you would normally report under this policy, you may report instances of unlawful harassment to the next level supervisor or President.  If you are the victim of unlawful harassment, you have the right to file a claim with the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission or the Department of Fair Employment and Housing.

 

 

All complaints, statements of witnesses and investigations will be held strictly confidential to the extent possible.  In some instances, however, it may be necessary to divulge the identity of the complainant and/or witnesses in order to adequately investigate claims of unlawful harassment.

 

 

An employee who complains in good faith and with a reasonable belief that harassment has occurred, or who is a witness with regard to such a complaint, shall not be subject to retaliation by the employer, the employee about whom a complaint has been made, or any other employee. Anyone who engages in such retaliatory conduct may be subject to disciplinary action, up to and including immediate termination of employment, in the discretion of the management.

 

 

GENERAL POLICIES:

 

  1. Chauffeurs are required wear a tuxedo on all chartered limousine service

Full Tuxedo Dress includes:

  • black shiny shoes
  • black socks or hose (for women)
  • black tuxedo pants or skirt (for women)
  • cummerbund or vest
  • pressed, formal white shirt
  • bow tie (black tie only for multiple car contracts)
  • studs & cuff links
  • tuxedo jacket

 

  1. Chauffeurs must wear a dark suit for all airport service, point-to-point transfer service and for all funerals.

Dark Suit dress includes:

  • black shiny shoes
  • black  socks or hose (for women)
  • black or dark gray pants or skirt (for women)
  • matching jacket
  • pressed, white shirt
  • conservative dark tie

 

  • Chauffeurs must be properly groomed and shaved. All attire must be clean and pressed. Shoes must be clean and polished.  Conservative jewelry and no earrings or long hair for men.  Conservative jewelry for women.

 

 

  1. All chauffeurs shall submit an availability schedule for the days that they are available to work. The availability schedule must be adhered to 100%.  If no availability schedule is submitted, it will be assumed that the chauffeur is available 24 hours a day and 7 days a week.  Any alteration to a schedule must be submitted for approval and It will take thirty (30) days for the modification.

 

  1. All Time Off Requests must be submitted in writing at least 2 weeks in advance and must be dated, time stamped and given to the operations manager. A Time Off Request is not a guarantee but every effort will be made to accommodate the request.  If approved, you will receive written notification.

 

  1. Chauffeurs who report to the LeGrande Affaire Limousine Service, Inc., Operations office will sign in as “top priority stand-by” and will be the first chauffeur assigned to any incoming contracted runs, provided they are qualified to operate the vehicle. Second priority will be given to Chauffeurs that LeGrande Affaire calls on.
  2. Chauffeurs who wish to call in to check on their schedule for the following day should do so between the hours of 9:00AM and 12:00 noon, as operations posts all contracts by 12:00 PM.

 

  1. Chauffeurs must carry their pager at all times and it must be turned on. All pages shall be responded to as soon as possible.

 

  1. Once a chauffeur accepts an assigned contracted run, that chauffeur is responsible for the successful completion of the contract. Responsibilities include mapping out the pick up, drive to and drop off locations, being on time, collecting payment (up front) etc., to the standards mandated by LeGrande Affaire Limousine Service, Inc.

 

  1. Every contract is assigned to be completed in a particular limousine and is therefore assigned a vehicle number. The contract must be completed in that vehicle.  The only exception will be if the operations manager or assistant operations manager makes the vehicle change.

 

  1. Any chauffeur that changes a contracted run with another chauffeur without management permission will have their employment terminated.

 

  1. Any chauffeur that misses a contracted run, for any reason, will have their employment terminated. (It is highly recommended that every chauffeur purchase 2 alarm clocks, one electric clock and one battery operated in the event of power outages.)

 

  1. All chauffeurs are expected to keep their briefcase stocked at all times, according to the briefcase checklist. Briefcase inspections are done periodically.

 

  1. Consumption of alcoholic beverages and/or any non-prescription drugs used 12 hours before or anytime during scheduled working hours is grounds for dismissal and prosecution to the fullest extent of the law. Consumption of alcoholic beverages and/or drugs or contribution to such while on LeGrande Affaire Limousine Service, Inc., property or in LeGrande Affaire Limousine Service, Inc., vehicles at any time is grounds for dismissal and prosecution to the fullest extent of the law.

 

  1. If a chauffeur sets off the alarm, he/she is required to call the emergency telephone numbers posted above the telephone. Any alarm charges that may occur due to a culpable degree of negligence will become the full responsibility of the Chauffeur.

 

 

 

  1. All chauffeurs are required to observe the NO PARKING and RED ZONE areas. Chauffeurs are not to park in reserved spaces or the customer parking area at any time.  Chauffeurs are not to park in front of the building between the hours of 6:00AM-8:00PM.  Chauffeurs should park on the paved strip adjacent to the building or inside of the gate (if it is Monday or Tuesday, between 5:00AM – 3:00PM, do not park In the wash bay area because all limousines get washed on these days.).  All chauffeurs must maintain five (5) miles or less in the parking lot.

 

  1. To assure prompt processing of payroll, chauffeurs are requested to turn in pay logs by noon on the 1st and the 16th of each month. Paychecks are subject to a delay if not turned in on time.  Pay days are the 7th & 22nd of the month.  Paychecks are distributed at 3:00 P.M. on pay day, unless that day falls on a Saturday or a Sunday.  Then, paychecks are distributed at 3:00 P.M. on Monday.

 

  1. Any chauffeur who is involved in an accident must report the damage to the operations manager in writing immediately. Failure to report damage is grounds for termination.  Any chauffeur who is involved in an accident will be subject to appropriate disciplinary action including, but not necessarily limited to, suspension and/or probation.  Employees may be required to pay for the costs of repair if the employee engages in misconduct or a culpable degree of negligence.

 

  1. All chauffeurs understand and agree if they are involved in an accident and it is determined that the employee acted with a culpable degree of negligence, the chauffeur is responsible for the deductible up to $1,500.00 paid to the insurance company.

 

  1. Chauffeurs are not allowed into the sales department unless a manager of LeGrande Affaire Limousine Service, Inc has instructed them otherwise.

 

Suggestions for the sales department or notification of an error to the sales department must be done in writing and submitted to the operations manager who will in turn direct the information to the sales manager.  If there is a particular error on a contract or if the sales agent who made the contract has caused error on your service, you are required to run a copy of your invoice and specifically state the error or discrepancy with an incident report and turn a copy into the operations manager and a copy into the sales manager.

 

  1. Chauffeurs are strongly suggested to check their voicemail extensions and their mailboxes on a daily basis in order to remain informed on updated information. (You may call the direct number @ (408) 764-0500 then enter your extension to retain your mailbox.)

 

DURING THE RUN POLICY:

 

  1. Chauffeurs are responsible to check in with the Operations office when they arrive to begin their pre-run responsibilities when there is a manager in the operations department.

 

  1. When a chauffeur reports to LeGrande Affaire Limousine Service, Inc., for the contracted run, their contract must be time stamped under Time Out and the vehicle Mileage Out must be noted in the appropriate space on the contract. Upon returning to base, the contract must be time stamped under Time In and the vehicle’s Mileage In must be recorded in the appropriate space on the contract.

 

In the instance of back-to-back runs throughout the day, (these are invoices in which there are no time gaps in between to allow you the time to return to the shop) all invoices for that day are to be time stamped under Time Out but only record the beginning Mileage Out on the first of the contracts.  After the first contract is completed, record the Mileage In. This mileage would then serve as the Mileage Out for your next run. Follow this pattern throughout the day.  At the end of the day, time stamp all of the day’s contracts under Time In.

 

  1. Chauffeurs are required to complete a Mandatory Limousine Checklist prior to leaving LeGrande Affaire Limousine Service, Inc., grounds. Note any and all damage to the vehicles interior and/or exterior.  Note any non-functional feature or missing items.  In the case of any vehicle damage you notice to your vehicle prior to leaving LeGrande Affaire property, you must 1) get an ops manager to come out to witness the damage and initial the checksheet or 2) in the absence of an ops manager you must time stamp and note the new damage to the limousine checksheet and have it witnessed (if possible) and slip it under the ops door and notify ext. 515 (the ops manager) prior to leaving the property WITHOUT EXCEPTI0N.  Make sure to keep a copy of the checksheet and turn it in at the end of your run.

 

Any damage unaccounted for and any missing items become the full responsibility of the chauffeur.  (All mechanical problems or damages listed on this checklist must also be noted on the mechanics service board in the showroom.  Print your name and date alone side of any reported problems you put on the board.)

 

If the vehicle is not in full operating condition to properly service the client, management will make the decision as to whether or not the service is still to be provided in that vehicle.

 

If the vehicle is in unsafe condition, notify the operations manager for a vehicle switch and proceed to red tag the keyboard and the vehicle’s windshield.

 

  1. All assigned runs must be confirmed with the customer the evening prior to the service date. Confirmation must be done between 6pm and 9pm.  Please be courteous and professional when calling to confirm.

 

Due to the nature of service we provide, ie: surprises, confidential occasions, introduce yourself BY NAME ONLY! to the person answering the telephone.  Identify yourself as LeGrande Affaire Limousine Service, Inc., only to the actual contract holder.  To anyone else inquiring as to who you are, state you are <your name> and it is personal business so as to not spoil the surprise…… just in case!!!!!!!

 

  1. All incoming airport runs must have the arrival time verified through the airline at least 2 hours prior to the scheduled arrival time. In the instance of an arrival where the flight is less than 2 hours long, the arrival time must be confirmed at least one hour prior to scheduled arrival time.

 

  1. The chauffeur is responsible to leave the grounds of LeGrande Affaire Limousine Service, Inc., in a meticulously clean limousine (please report an unclean vehicle to the operations manager), prior to leaving LeGrande Affaire Limousine Service, Inc., grounds, the chauffeurs must place the throw mat into the passenger area, turn off all garage bay lights and lock the garage door they just used to exit in the vehicle.

 

  1. All contracts must be signed by the contract holder and paid in full prior to the beginning of service. The chauffeur is required to get a signature on all contracts regardless if there is a balance due or not.  The chauffeur understands and accepts responsibility for all payments due when he/she fails to comply with this rule and an outstanding balance remains due, as it is the result of the chauffeur’s gross negligence or willful misconduct.

Exception:  Some clients, travel agencies, and corporate accounts do not want the passenger to see or sign the contract.  This will be noted on the contract.

 

* The Chauffeur Is responsible for collecting parking fees, toll fees, etc. from the customer.

 

  1. LeGrande Affaire Limousine Service, Inc., currently accepts the following methods of payment: VISA, MasterCard, American Express, Diners Club, Discover, personal or company checks, money orders, cashiers checks, travelers checks and cash.

 

Accepting a credit card from the contract holder as form of payment requires a valid pictured drivers license, California pictured I.D., or passport.  The drivers license number or pictured I.D. number must be recorded on the credit card sales slip in the area marked “description”.  Also include the contract number on the credit card sales slip and be certain to get the credit card embossed and get the card holders signature.  On the contract in the balance due area, mark “paid” and record which form of payment was used.

 

Exception:  If the credit card holder/contract holder has the referral source listed on the contract as “ACCOUNT – CORPORATE,” “CREDIT CARD ACCOUNT,” “PRIOR” or “VIP PLATINUM ACCT MEMBER”, you are not required to confirm the driver’s license.  This is the only exception, all other information and signatures are still required.

 

Accepting a personal check or travelers check from the contract holder as long as it is not a cash only run as form of payment requires a valid pictured drivers license or California pictured I.D. recorded into the customer/billing information portion of the contract.  Record the drivers license number, the chauffeur initials and the contract number on the face of the check.  On the contract in the balance due area, mark “paid” and record which form of payment was used.

 

When  someone other than the contract holder wishes to pay with a personal check and the contract states “CASH ONLY”, the chauffeur is required to also get an approval code for the amount of the personal check with the check holders major credit card. This information must be recorded on the contract only.

 

When accepting payment (in any form) from anyone other than the contract holder, the name, address and telephone number of the person making payment must be added to the customer/billing portion of the contract you are now required to get their signature on the contract in the appropriate area.  All forms of payment must be confirmed with all appropriate identification as listed above.

 

Please note:  If a check is returned or a credit card becomes a charge back to LeGrande Affaire Limousine Service, Inc., and the chauffeur has not provided all of the above information it will be presumed the result of a culpable degree of negligence or willful misconduct.  If the charge back results from a culpable degree of negligence, the chauffeur may be required to reimburse the company for the loss and may be subject to termination.  Be certain to scrutinize all identification and compare signatures.

 

**All chauffeurs must get a credit card backup for all checks unless c/c account, prior, or corp. account; i.e. deposit on credit card with authorization code to back up check in case the check bounces we have recourse on the credit card.

 

 

 

  1. Chauffeurs are required to follow all traffic and speed laws. Speed laws include not driving over the speed limit and taking into account lowering speeds for specific road conditions or road hazards.  Any chauffeur exceeding the speed limit, driving in a unsafe manner or otherwise not following traffic laws will be reprimanded and/or have their employment terminated.

 

 

Any chauffeur who receives a citation, either a moving violation or a parking citation, in an LeGrande Affaire Limousine Service, Inc., vehicle, is required to report the incident immediately to the Operations Manager in writing.

 

Chauffeurs are required to report any and all moving violations in their own personal vehicles to the Operations Manager including DUI citations in writing within 3 business days of the violation.

 

  1. Any chauffeur who leaves their limousine unattended, and in doing so acts with a culpable degree of negligence, will be held financially responsible for any and all damage done to the limousine and/or its contents and the chauffeur will be reprimanded and/or their employment will be terminated.

 

  1. Any chauffeur bringing an unauthorized person on a contracted run will have their employment terminated. NO EXCEPTIONS. Unauthorized persons include spouses, friends, fellow unassigned chauffeurs or unassigned trainees and anyone else that is not by invitation of the contract holder or LeGrande Affaire Limousine Service, Inc., management.

 

  1. When driving an LeGrande Affaire Limousine Service, Inc., vehicle, chauffeurs are required to drive the vehicle in “drive”. For freeway driving, chauffeurs are required to use “overdrive”. When going downhill, use “low gear” instead of the brakes. (using the brakes causing overheating and will result in brake loss.)

 

  1. In the event a chauffeur arrives late to their pick up due to their own gross negligence or willful misconduct, the chauffeur is responsible to make up the lost time to the client at the end of the charter at the chauffeur’s expense.

 

  1. If a chauffeur fails to present the complimentary items listed on the contract (see also the special instructions section of the contract), the chauffeur may be required to refund the chauffeur’s fee at the client’s discretion or at the discretion of LeGrande Affaire Limousine Service, Inc., management. If any items are refused by the client, it must be noted on the contract that they refused the items and initialed by the contract holder.  Any unused champagne, cider, roses, etc., remain the property of LeGrande Affaire Limousine Service and must be returned to stock.  You can not keep these items as if they are your personal property.

 

  1. If a charter goes over 10 minutes from the scheduled drop time, the chauffeur is responsible to collect 1/2 hour of overtime, the license fee on the 1/2 hour and their chauffeur’s fee. All overtime is charged in 1/2 hour increments only.  On all flat rate service, chauffeurs are required to charge $15.00 for each additional stop (along the way) plus the license fee and their chauffeur’s fee.  If an additional stop is NOT along the way, Chauffeur must charge on 1/2 hour increments.  Chauffeurs are required to charge waiting time if waiting goes past the 10 minute grace period. (The chauffeur is always responsible to collect the license fee and their chauffeur’s fee.)

 

  1. Any chauffeur providing unauthorized limousine service or service outside of their assigned contract will have their employment terminated.

 

Any chauffeur who takes or accepts money not due to him/her will have their employment terminated and will be prosecuted for theft.  This includes listing as a tip amounts paid for an extra stop or payment on overtime and therefore due to LeGrande Affaire Limousine Service, Inc.

 

  1. Chauffeurs must maintain the cleanliness of their vehicle between runs and throughout the entire service. Each time the client exits the vehicle, the chauffeur is required to clean the interior of the passenger area for the client and secure the glasses before moving the vehicle.

 

  1. At the end of a wedding charter, all window decorations must be thoroughly cleaned off of the vehicle before returning the limousine to base. Chauffeurs must never allow tape or any other items to be placed on or near any part of the vehicle or have items tied to the vehicle. i.e. balloons, streamers, tin cans etc.  The only windows to be decorated are the non-moving windows on each side of the car.  On sedans, only the rear window may be decorated.

 

  1. Chauffeurs must never lean or allow anyone to lean on the vehicle at any time as it causes small dents, indentations and scratches and looks very unprofessional in the public eye.

 

  1. A chauffeur must never leave a client that is paying for chartered service for any reason and must maintain close contact with their clients at all times, without leaving your vehicle, except as required to protect the safety of the chauffeur or passengers.

 

  1. A chauffeur must accept instruction from the contract holder only and if the chauffeur is released early, the chauffeur is required to get signed authorization, on the contract, from the contract holder.

 

  1. A chauffeur must maintain a calm and professional attitude and appearance at all times when representing LeGrande Affaire Limousine Service, Inc. This includes proper language (no slang) and appropriate body language and gestures (no hands in your pockets, slouched posture, folded arms etc.)

 

 

  1. Chauffeurs must maintain control of their charter and vehicle at all times. Be firm on policy while serving your clients appropriately.  Be certain to have the Rules of the Road and Damage Report forms signed prior to the start of the run every time that alcohol is being consumed.

 

  1. A chauffeur may never terminate a run prior to the scheduled drop time without permission from management. In the event of an out of control situation, the chauffeur is to remove himself, any uninvolved clients and the limousine from immediate harm/damage and contact proper authorities and management of LeGrande Affaire Limousine Service, Inc.

 

  1. In the event of an accident/collision, the chauffeur must contact the operations manager and the police immediately.  The chauffeur must immediately complete an accident report (located in the glove compartment of all LeGrande Affaire Limousine Service, Inc., vehicles) and must include information on all involved parties and witnesses and draw a complete diagram of the incident.  Take pictures of the vehicles and any thing else that is concerning the accident.  The chauffeur should not discuss the incident with anyone other than the police and LeGrande Affaire Limousine Service, Inc., management. The chauffeur should never discuss fault with the other party or with witnesses.

 

  1. All LeGrande Affaire Limousine Service, Inc., vehicles are non-smoking. No one, including the chauffeur, is allowed to smoke anything in the vehicles at any time, under any circumstances. If a client requests to smoke, find a safe place that the client can exit the vehicle and allow them to smoke OUTSIDE the vehicle.

 

  1. Prior to leaving the final drop off location, the chauffeur is required to thoroughly check the limousine for damage, missing items and/or items left behind by the client or their guests.

 

Be certain to compare the pre-trip inspection with the client as you are pointing out damage or missing items and listing these items on a damage sheet.  The chauffeur is required to collect damage fees appropriately and get the clients signature on both the pre-trip inspection sheet and the damage sheet.  If a client refuses responsibility, the chauffeur is required to contact the Operations Manager immediately and/or the authorities.  Chauffeurs may be held responsible for damage which results from their own culpable degree of negligence.

 

  1. Two way radios are for business purposes only. No pro-longed unnecessary conversation is allowed. All chauffeurs are required to use the “10” codes when operating the two-way radios with both management and fellow chauffeurs.  Chauffeurs are required to call into control upon arrival at the pick up location, upon departing from the initial pick up with the client(s) on board and after making the final drop at the drop off location.

 

  1. When a chauffeur attempts to provide airport pick up service and the client cannot be located, the chauffeur is required to contact a manager to receive permission to terminate the run as a “No Show”. All airport “no shows” require an airport parking stub which documents the date and time that you were there attached to a brief incident report.  This serves as proof to the client that LeGrande Affaire Limousine Service, Inc., was indeed there to provide service.

 

  1. Curbing tires causes damage to tires, rims and causes misalignment of the vehicles and will result in the chauffeur being financially responsible for that type of repair if the chauffeur acted with a culpable degree of negligence. If you are not confident in parking your vehicle next to a curb without hitting it, please do not park next to the curb.

 

 

POST RUN POLICIES:

  1. Prior to returning the vehicle to LeGrande Affaire Limousine Service, Inc., grounds, the chauffeur is responsible to fill the gas tank with midgrade, 89 Octane gasoline from the designated service station.

 

Occasionally, there will be runs when the Chauffeur must spend their own money to fill a car, as they are not able to return to the designated service station.  To be reimbursed, the Chauffeur must enclose the actual receipt attached to the front of the original contract (no copies) and mark the amount under the expense area of the Chauffeur pay area.  “Pre-paid” receipts will not be accepted, so make sure the receipt lists the number of gallons and price per gallon as well as the total paid.  If you do not have the money to fill the tank during your service, do not accept this type of run.

 

  1. Upon returning the vehicle to LeGrande Affaire grounds, the chauffeur is required to park the vehicle back in the appropriate space and time stamp the day’s contract(s) and record mileage in on their contract. During the night hours when an Operations Manager is present, the Chauffeur is required to check in with the manager.

 

The chauffeur is to log all pay information and drop the completed contract(s) in the safe.  (NO EXCEPTIONS – A contract must never be “held” by a chauffeur overnight.)

 

In the event of back-to-back runs, only one (1) Mandatory Limousine Checklist is required provided the same limousine was used for each contract.  All of the days invoices must be in order with appropriate check sheets between each contract and individual payments attached to each corresponding contract.  The entire days work can then be deposited into the safe in one neat and organized bundle.

 

  1. The chauffeur is responsible to remove the passenger area floor mats and hang them up In the appropriate marked spot. The chauffeur will also clean the limousine in it’s entirety, this includes all interior and exterior windows, bars, coolers, decanters, intercom, divider window, mirrors, red carpet, interior carpet (front and back), trunk, napkins, glasses and sunroof. Limousines that are parked inside of the garage must have the sunroofs left open so the back of the vehicle can air out. All cleaning supplies in the trunk of the limousine must be refilled if they are low or gone.  (In the event the supply room is locked, refill all items that you have access to and leave a note with the keys on the keyboard and make a note on the mechanics service board.)  Chauffeur is responsible for the vehicle to be cleaned meticulously, regardless of any deals that are made with other employees.

 

On airport service, the cleaning supplies need to be put back into the trunk of the limousine you used to provide service.

 

If any of the trunk supplies that were in the vehicle when it was checked out are missing, the chauffeur will be held financially responsible, if the loss is the result of a culpable degree of negligence.  This includes items such as jumper cables, dust mops, safety flares and triangles, red carpets, window cleaner, fix a flat, etc.  Losing or misplacing items will be considered gross negligence or willful misconduct.

 

  1. Once a limousine has been returned to the shop, it is to remain at the shop. The limousine may not go back out unless there is prior approval from management only.  Limousines may never go home with a chauffeur and may never be used to stop off to take care of personal business.

 

  1. After service is rendered, the Mandatory Limousine Checklist must be filled out completely listing any and all problems or potential problems with the vehicle mechanically or cosmetically.

 

Also list all problems in detail on the mechanics service board.  If you notice that a particular problem is going unresolved, please bring it to the attention of the Operations Manager in person or in writing.

 

Again, any damage unaccounted for that is the result of a culpable degree of negligence or willful conduct will be the financial responsibility of the chauffeur.

 

All damage must be submitted to the operations manager in writing the same day of the accident. This includes dents, scratches, chips,  everything!  Any chauffeur who does not report damage to a vehicle and does not report it and/or tries to conceal it will be held financially responsible for the damage and will have their employment terminated.

 

  1. Limousines are not to be left unattended in the driveway or parking lot areas of LeGrande Affaire Limousine Service, Inc., grounds. This area must remain clear for other vehicles to enter and exit the premises.  All vehicles should be prepped and cleaned in their appropriate parking bay. The only exceptions are the limousines whose bays are in the mechanics shop area, these limousines are to be parked in the outside parking area Monday through Friday 8am to 5pm.  When entering and exiting limousines great care must be taken not to hit the limousine next to you. Place your hand between the car door and the other limousine to prevent damage.

 

  1. Incident reports must be attached to any contract where anything out of the ordinary has occurred while you were providing service. The original of the incident report gets attached to the original contract and dropped in the safe. A copy of the incident report and contract must be given to the Operations manager and another copy into the mailbox of your lead chauffeur.

 

  1. While in the shop or on the road, chauffeurs must never leave keys in or near the limousine for risk of theft. At the end of the work day, all keys must be placed in the key box on the corresponding key hook.  If a chauffeur takes keys home, they must be returned to LeGrande Affaire Limousine Service, Inc., immediately.

 

  1. A professional chauffeur should never show dissatisfaction with the vehicle they are assigned, the contract they are assigned, nor with the company. Especially in front of a client. If a client has a complaint during the service, write up their comments in an incident report and turn in your copies as previously instructed in section #58.

 

  1. Any concerns or complaints that a chauffeur has with LeGrande Affaire Limousine Service, Inc., or policies or procedures developed by LeGrande Affaire Limousine Service, Inc., should take their complaints through the chain of command i.e.: your lead chauffeur, Head Chauffeur, the Operations Manager, then to the General Manager. If necessary, a grievance meeting will be held with the chauffeur, the management team and lead chauffeurs of LeGrande Affaire Limousine Service, Inc., to come to a fair resolution.

 

  1. There will be no smoking allowed in any of the offices, garage areas, or common areas of LeGrande Affaire Limousine Service, Inc., including the chauffeurs’ lounge. Chauffeurs are allowed to smoke outside of the buildings and must use the ashtrays located outside the parking bay areas. Every effort must be made to keep the premises in showroom condition as clients are welcome to view our facilities at any time.

 

  1. Chauffeurs are required to clean up after themselves and should not litter or leave any personal items in the garage areas, chauffeurs’ lounge or the changing room or restroom facilities. Chauffeurs are encouraged to remind others to do the same as the last person to leave the chauffeurs’ lounge is responsible for its cleanliness.  When departing, each chauffeur is responsible to turn off all bay lights and close and lock the garage bay they pulled their car out of.  The gate must remain locked after 11pm Monday through Saturdays and on Sundays after 9pm.
  2. When the second to last chauffeur is ready to leave for the late evening/early morning and there is no management present, that chauffeur is required to notify the last chauffeur that they are leaving. The last chauffeur is required to secure the entire premises, turn off all lights, set the alarm and lock the gate.
  3. LeGrande Affaire Limousine Service, Inc., chauffeurs need to think of themselves as an extension of the sales department and should always promote TEAM LEGRANDE in a positive way and encourage people to call in or come down to visit our company. Passing out business cards, flyers, key chains and brochures is recommended and encouraged. Attendance at trade shows, bridal fairs and other events is highly recommended to further promote TEAM LEGRANDE and increase the company’s growth and success.

 

  1. At no time is a chauffeur to meet a client or a potential client of LeGrande Affaire Limousine Service, Inc. on the premises and fraternize or solicit to become a personal friend of any nature with that client.

 

  1. All company vehicles must make a right turn out of the parking lot at the office of LeGrande Affaire Limousine Service, Inc. without exception.

 

  1. For all fulltime chauffeurs, in order to qualify for health benefits, you must have been employed at LeGrande Affaire Limousine Service, Inc. for a minimum of 90 days, and must work either 35 hours a week, 70 hours per pay period, or 140 hours per month for three consecutive months and continue these hours throughout your employment to stay full time.

 

 

Anytime a chauffeur is not 100% confident in making a decision they are encouraged to ask questions to a lead or a manager of LeGrande Affaire Limousine Service, Inc.  A wrong decision can cause problems difficult to overcome…..”better safe than sorry!”

 

      Should any portion of this Company Policy handbook be deemed Invalid, the remaining contents are still considered as valid, legal, and enforceable.  This Chauffeur’s Handbook on Company Policy supercedes any and all other previous written and distributed, prior to the date of this instrument.

 

 

 

This is to acknowledge that I received a copy of LeGrande Affaire Limousine Service, Inc.’s, Chauffeur’s Handbook.  I have read and understood the contents of this Handbook, and have been given the opportunity to ask any questions I might have about policies that I do not understand.  I understand that the statements contained in the Handbook are guidelines for employees concerning some of LeGrande Affaire Limousine Service, Inc.’s, policies and are not intended to create any contractual or other  legal obligations or to alter the at-will nature of my employment with LeGrande Affaire Limousine Service, Inc.  I also understand that no department head, supervisor or any other employee of LeGrande Affaire Limousine Service, Inc., other than its President, has the authority to enter into any agreement for employment for any specified period of time or to make any agreement contrary to the at-will relationship described above.  I acknowledge that LeGrande Affaire Limousine Service, Inc., may modify or rescind any policies or practices described in the Employee Handbook, other than the at-will policy, at any time without prior notice to me.

 

I fully agree to abide by the LeGrande Affaire Limousine Service, Inc., Company Policy.  Furthermore, I fully understand that I will be held accountable for my actions and understand that all rules and policies will be strictly enforced.

 

I understand and agree that my employment with the company is at will, and can be terminated with or without cause or notice.  I further understand and agree that LeGrande Affaire Limousine Service, Inc., retains sole discretion to modify the terms and conditions of employment.  This is the entire agreement between the company and me on these issues, and it cannot be modified except by a new agreement in writing and signed by the President of the Company.

 

 

 

                                                                                                                                               

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