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Employee handbook.

Employee handbook.

The employee or company handbook (or manual) is one of the best ways for employees to learn about your workplace. It usually includes codes of practice, policies and procedures, company rules and simple explanations of employment law.

You do not legally have to provide an employee handbook. But many employers like them because they help to clarify expectations and reduce misunderstandings at work. You usually provide them to new employees as a way of welcoming them to your company and introducing them to the way you do things.

An employee handbook includes, for example:

  • welcome note and information for new joiners
  • background and culture of the company
  • code of┬áconduct
  • health and safety
  • hours of work
  • leave provisions
  • pay and benefits
  • performance standards
  • redundancy
  • rules of company
  • training and development
  • termination (ending) of employment
  • use of company vehicles

It also sets out your policies and procedures, for example:

  • absence and sickness policies
  • equality or equal opportunity policy
  • internet, email and social media (or IT) policy
  • use of company property policy
  • bullying and harassment policy and procedure
  • appraisal procedure
  • disciplinary and grievance procedure
  • parental leave procedure
  • performance management procedure
  • resignation procedure

You need to keep the employee handbook current and are free to include other topics not listed here.

Employsure advisers will help you create a complete employee handbook. For peace of mind, please call our 24 hour Advice Line now on 1300 651 415.

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