Prepare an Employee Handbook

Key Points

  • An employer should make a list of all policies to be included in the employee handbook, including, but not limited to, policies regarding compensation, benefits, discrimination, harassment, confidentiality, ethics, visitors, dress, privacy, grooming, schedules, attendance, work rules and any other employee conduct expected in the workplace.
  • These policies should be memorialized in a written handbook so that employees know what is expected of them. Simple language should be used in drafting polices to make sure that all employees understand the rules. Employers should be sure to periodically update the employee handbook and make sure all policies comply with federal, state and local law.
  • The handbook should be distributed to all employees and employees should be required to sign a written acknowledgment that they have reviewed the contents of the handbook and consent to its terms. The employer should make sure that all employees and supervisors receive proper training on all relevant policies and procedures.

XpertHR Resources