14 Employee Handbook “Must Haves”

14 Employee Handbook “Must Haves”

This blog is the first in a three part series. These articles are developed from the ComplianceHR whitepaper: What Should Be Included In Your Employee Handbook, download it here.

What Should I Include in My Employee Handbook?

While there is no universal template for what should be included in an employee handbook, there are a few “must haves.” These are topics that every employee handbook should address. Included in this list: sexual and other harassment, anti-retaliation, disability and religious accommodations, employee privacy and equal employment opportunity, health and safety practices, and company policies on smoking and substance abuse, as well as drug testing and workplace violence. Most handbooks also cover payroll, compensation, holidays, and attendance and leave policies (including vacation, sick leave, military, jury duty and parental leave).

A high-level “must have” list of the most important and most common policies would include:person writing bucket list on book

  1. General employment policies and practices
  2. Anti-Discrimination policy
  3. Anti-harassment policy
  4. Discipline policy
  5. Health and safety policy
  6. Compensation policy
  7. Employee benefits policy
  8. Work conditions and hours
  9. Attendance and leave of absence policy
  10. Work performance
  11. Business policies and procedures
  12. Communication policies
  13. Non-disclosure policy
  14. IT policy

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