Codes of practice are written guidelines issued by a company to help its employees understand, follow and comply with its standards and expectations. These enable employees to carry out activities to an agreed organisational standard, allow a behavioural benchmark to be established and provide a basis for dispute resolution.

Within a company, expected codes of practice are normally outlined in the employee’s initial employment contract, written statements which summarise an employee’s main particulars of employment and/or the company handbook.

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