, What is an Employee Handbook used for and why is it important?

Employee Handbook’s are a combination of procedures, policies, working conditions and behavioural expectations that an employer expects from the employee. They will also include information on the company, benefits, and additional terms and conditions of employment.

A Company Employee Handbook is an important document to have, if it is kept up to date and in line with changes in law. The beauty of having an Employee Handbook is that it is often much easier to make changes to Company practices or make amends which result from updates in Employment law through the Employee Handbook, rather than being to compelled to reissue a Contracts of Employment to each employee every time a change in required.
Ideally, Employee Handbook should be issued at the start of employment, usually within the induction period and should also be referred to in the employee’s contract. At the start of employment new employees should be asked to sign a form stating that they have read and understood the information and accept the Companies terms and conditions.
You will usually find the Employee Handbook to contain the following:

  • Terms and Conditions
  • Pay and Benefits
  • Health and Safety
  • Sickness and Absence
  • Family friendly policies (maternity/paternity/adoption leave, flexible working etc)
  • Capability Policies and procedures
  • Disciplinary Policy
  • Appeals
  • Grievance
  • Equal Opportunities
  • Whistle Blowing
  • Bullying, Harassment & Victimisation
  • IT
  • Lone Working
  • Remote Working
  • General Company Guidelines
  • Company Vehicles

You can amend the policies and procedures in the Employee Handbook at any time as required provided you then communicate these changes and make them readily available to employees to read.

If you feel your current Handbook requires an update, or maybe you don’t have one at all? Please contact Solve. for further information on how your Company can keep up with the changes happening in 2015!