Your employee handbook lays out the employment policies and procedures you want to communicate to everyone on your team. Properly written, it can help you avoid conflicts and eliminate confusion. Incorrectly written, it can cause any number of headaches for employees, supervisors, and administrators. It's best to consult a professional when setting up your handbook, but here are some basics any handbook should include:

  • A brief description of your company that includes your company's legal name
  • Introductory HR Policy Statement that includes an "employment at will" statement that says the employment relationship may be ended at any time by either the business or the employee without reason
  • An established probationary period that new employees must successfully complete before they are considered "permanent" (sometimes this probationary period must be completed before new employees are eligible for benefits)
  • Performance Evaluations and Compensation information-when salary reviews/increases are considered
  • A list of benefits you provide to your employees
  • A list of holidays that you are closed for and if they are paid holidays
  • A statement of your vacation policy
  • A statement on how you handle time off for illness or injury (sick time)
  • A list showing examples of reasons for which you can and may terminate someone's services
  • A statement that the business has the right to conduct drug/alcohol tests for current employees and all persons who have been offered a position with your business
  • A statement about acceptable and unacceptable uses of your business' electronic equipment/computers, including that the business has the right to review all employee electronic media
  • A confidentiality, non-disclosure, intellectual property agreement that all employees must sign and agree to at the time they are hired
  • A non-compete agreement to be signed at the time of hire for employees who will be engaged in sales and/or in the creation of proprietary products or who have access to proprietary or customer information, or are in sales.


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