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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.