The Employee Handbook

What is an employee handbook?


When should a company create a handbook?

What to include in an employee handbook

  • Company mission and vision
  • Attendance policy
  • Dress code
  • Anti-harassment policy — this should include sexual harassment as well as harassment on the basis of any protected class characteristics. Protected class characteristics include age, sex, disability, race/color, national origin, and religion. This is not an exhaustive list and some states and cities include more protected class characteristics.
  • PTO and how to request time off (both sick time and vacation time)
  • Performance management
  • Disciplinary policies
  • Safety procedures (including OSHA requirements)
  • Anything else relevant to the company



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