Should an employee handbook include COVID-19-specific policies?

Author: XpertHR Editorial Team

In general, it is not recommended that employers include COVID-19 policies in their handbooks. Many COVID-19-specific laws and related policies are temporary and could quickly make a handbook out of date. However, if the COVID-19 pandemic has prompted a permanent, general change to a company policy, then an employer could include the new or changed policy in its handbook. For instance, if an organization recently decided to offer paid sick leave for any illness, it would be appropriate to include a paid sick leave policy in its handbook.