What is an employee handbook and why is it important to have one?
An employee handbook is a useful document to ensure your employees understand the rules, policies and procedures relating to their employment. It gives clear advice to employees and creates a culture where issues are dealt with fairly and consistently.
Outlining your Company’s policies and procedures in a handbook not only reduces the likelihood of employees abusing the system, but also if they do, you are in a stronger position to take disciplinary action against the employee because you can point to a clear procedure in your handbook which has been violated.
Our employee handbook is comprehensive and kept current with the most recent changes in employment law. Whether you’re providing an Employee Handbook for the first time, updating a number of policies or introducing new policies as your business grows, you can trust our handbook is fit for purpose.
What policies and procedures should an employee handbook include?
The employee handbook may contain a variety of procedures and will vary from employer to employer. As a minimum, it should include the following:
- Equal opportunities policy
- Disciplinary rules and procedures
- Grievance procedure
What if my company requires a more detailed employee handbook?
Your handbook can also incorporate the following (hover over each item to read more about that policy):
- Flexible working policy
- Maternity leave policy
- Paternity leave policy
- Adoption leave policy
- Parental leave policy
- Time off for dependants policy
- Dress code policy
- Anti-corruption and bribery policy
- Absence policy
- E-mail, internet and social media policy
- No smoking policy
- Whistleblowing policy
- Substance misuse policy
- Company rule
- Redundancy policy
- Data protection policy
- Capability procedure: poor performance
- Time off for training policy
- Vehicle policy
- Expenses policy
- Policy on the recruitment of ex-offenders
- Time off for public duties policy
- Capability procedure – sickness absence
- Search policy
- Compassionate leave policy
- Induction policy
- Health and safety policy
- Shared parental leave policy