What are the key policies to include in an employee handbook?

Author: Shannon C. Johnson

Employee handbooks should include the employer's policies on discrimination and harassment based on age, religion, gender, race, national origin, disability and pregnancy. In addition, the handbook should have a policy on claim reporting, investigation and resolution procedures. Employee rights and responsibilities regarding Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA) leave is another key policy. An employer should also include a section that covers an employee's right to privacy in the workplace - including privacy in personal belongings, electronic communications, vehicles and employee storage areas.