What Is An Employee Handbook?
An employee handbook is a useful tool for communication between the employer and employee. It presents information on the organization’s history, mission, values, policies, procedures, and benefits in written form, providing guidance and clarity.
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- Indicates state-specific required policies and “best practice” policies
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Why Do I Need an Employee Handbook?
Employee handbooks are a valuable tool when written carefully and correctly. The accurate and compliant employee handbook can help you stay connected with your employees, avoiding confusion, poor employee relations, and even litigation.
Frequently Asked Questions On Employee Handbooks
At a minimum, your employee handbook should have the following categories.
- Company Mission, Vision, and Values
- Anti-Harassment and Non-Discrimination Policy
- Code of Conduct
- Dress Code
- Communications Policy
- Compensation and Benefits Information
- Reviews, Promotions and Raises
- Performance Improvement Plans
- Procedure for Filing a Grievance
- New Hire and Separation Procedures
Not all states require an employee handbook; however, state and federal laws require you to provide employees with information about paid time off (PTO), sick leave policies, workplace rights, and protections. The employee handbook is typically the best tool for organizing and distributing the required policies. The requirements vary from state to state, so make sure you work within our online HR platform to ensure compliance.
Typically, the HR department is responsible for the employee handbook in most companies. This is logical as they possess the necessary expertise and comprehension of the company’s policies. Nevertheless, in small businesses without a dedicated HR team, the handbook is often composed by the leadership. In that case, it is advised to seek advice from our online HR compliance database and live support.
While an employee handbook is not a legally binding contract unless it explicitly states that it is, certain statements in the handbook can be interpreted as contractual promises and may imply mutual obligations between employer and employee. Therefore, our advice is to treat it as a legally binding document and to develop it with the help of a professional.
With today’s technology, you should consider a digital handbook that is online and mobile. This is especially true if you have a remote workforce.
Regardless of how you distribute your handbook, all employees should be required to sign a statement saying they have reviewed, and agree to abide by the policies set forth.