Staff Handbooks are not essential, but they are highly recommended for employers. Complimenting the statement of particulars, well-drafted handbooks provide more detail about policies & expectations of employees, and can help form the contract of employment.
Used efficiently, handbooks should contain all the information necessary from a statement of particulars that does not need to be provided to each individual employee – details that can be referred to, or are otherwise easily available to the employee.
Policies, procedures, and guidance that can and should be included in most staff handbooks include:
- Computer & telephone misuse;
- Company property;
- General conduct – including anything that might bring the employer into disrepute;
- Disciplinary & Grievance Procedures;
- Equal Opportunities;
- Bullying & harassment;
- Health, safety & welfare;
- Leave – including sick leave policies, family leave, annual holidays;
- Flexible working;
- Other policies or procedures specific & relevant to the workplace/employer.
As a centrally prepared resource applying to all staff, handbooks can be easily updated & revised as company policies are revised. Employment Law Clinic can provide handbooks for your workplace with policies, procedures, and guidance relevant to the unique needs of your business. However, as all workplaces will be different, we don’t offer a template staff handbook, as these will typically require plenty of time & attention by the employer before they fit appropriately into your business. Instead, we discuss & identify the needs of our customers, and using the knowledge & resources we have acquired over many years, can quickly have a tailor-made handbook available that will require no immediate attention by the customer.
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