Company handbook

09 July 2019
For information about our Employee Handbook advice service, please visit the appropriate page. The company handbook, sometimes known as employee manual, policies and procedures manual or staff manual, is a source for both new and established employees to refer to codes of practice, policies and procedures, company rules and employment legislation. Whilst it is not a legal requirement, many companies see it is an invaluable business tool in communicating effectively with employees and reducing the potential for ambiguity and misunderstandings between employer and employees. A company handbook could include information in areas such as:
  • The history, background, ethos and culture of the company,
  • A welcome note and information for new Employees
  • Pay and benefits
  • Working hours
  • Holiday provision
  • Diversity policy
  • Equality policy
  • Whistle blowing policy
  • Maternity and paternity leave
  • Use of company property
  • Internet policy
  • Employee Assistance Programme
  • Training and development programmes
  • Appraisal procedure
  • Performance standards
  • Promotion policy
  • Reporting lines
  • Absence and sickness policies
  • Disciplinary and grievance procedures
  • Company rules
  • Pensions
  • Termination of employment
  • Resignation procedures
  • Redundancy
  • Health and safety
  • Wastage
  • Sick Pay
  • Capability Procedure
  • Personal Harassment Policy and Procedure
  • Use of company vehicles
  • Welfare and Hygiene
  • Safeguards
This list is not comprehensive and it is advisable to seek advice to ensure your handbook is up to date and covers all the key areas necessary.

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