What is the purpose of an employee handbook?

Author: XpertHR Editorial Team

An employee handbook serves as an important communication tool between an employer and its employees. The handbook is also a valuable resource for an employer because it sets workplace standards that guide employee behavior and performance expectations. A well-written, compliant handbook may also prevent and/or serve as a defense against employee lawsuits, but only if the handbook accurately reflects the employer's current policies, practices and procedures.