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How Compliant is your Employee Handbook

An employee handbook is a standard document that informs employees about employee

rights, basic working conditions and key policies adopted by an organization. Subjects addressed include hours of work, overtime, vacations, leaves, privacy, confidentiality, human rights, violence and harassment, standards of conduct, attendance management and discipline. A comprehensive employee handbook could be a very effective reference guide for employees throughout their stay in an organization. Employees who understand company policies would know the expectations from employees and the commitment of the

employer towards the employees.

Why you should have in an Employee Handbook.

  • Defines working relationships and therefore can determine how well employees work with each other, clients, and other stakeholders.

  • Stipulates legal and employee conducts at the workplace.

  • Explains behavioral expectations and potential consequences should expectations not be met.

  • Addresses discrimination, grievances, workplace safety, violence, and sexual harassment to provide a safe and inclusive workplace for employees

  • Provides insight into company disciplinary and conflict management procedures.

  • Protects the organization and its employees by outlining legal requirements, rights,

  • and responsibilities, reducing the risk of legal disputes and providing a basis for

  • defense if litigation arises.

What you should have in your Company Employee Handbook

1. Welcome and Introduction.

2. Company Overview.

3. Mission, Vision, and Values.

4. Employment Policies.

5. Code of Conduct.

6. Anti-Discrimination and Harassment Policies.

7. Health and Safety Policies.

8. Time Off and Leave Policies.

9. Compensation and Benefits.

10. Performance Expectations and Evaluations.

11. Confidentiality and Intellectual Property.

12. Termination and Separation.

How can you create an effective Employee Handbook

1. Knowledge of the relevant laws like the ESA, OHSA, CLC etc. is imperative

2. Use of clear, concise and unambiguous language

3. Personalize the handbook to reflect company values and culture

4. Review handbook regularly and communicate changes immediately to employees

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