An employee handbook is essential when starting a company. Employee Handbooks shed light on issues that may seem confusing to employees such as policies and hours. It is also used by employers as a tool of communication to the workers regarding company rules . When printing out employee handbooks, remember to include these statements and policies.

Summary of Employment Relationship

· Introduction and the Purpose of the Handbook

· Message from the President/CEO

· Company History

· Company Vision and Mission

· Values and general goal

· Confidentiality – This is vital because the employee will learn the ropes of the company and confidential procedures that should be kept away from competitors.

· Non-compete Agreement – States that the employees are not allowed to work for the competitor after leaving the company for a certain period of time.

· Employee Handbook Disclaimer and Acknowledgement – It serves as proof that the employees will understand and follow the company policies.

General Policies about Employment

· Equal Employment Opportunity (Accommodation for People with Disabilities) – The law requires companies to be fair to all kinds of people when it comes to recruitment.

· Employment Eligibility

· Internal Employee Application Process

· Promotions

· Rehiring Policy – Companies can only rehire employees under certain conditions.

· Harassment and Discrimination Procedure and Investigation – Informs employees on what to do in case of harassing or discriminative actions.

Work Attendance and Professionalism

· Exempt and Non-exempt Employees – Defines what an exempt and non-exempt employee is.

· Working Hours (Breaks and Overtime)

· Dress Code

· Smoke and Substance-free Workplace – States the punishment for employees who are proven drug addicts and the proper smoking areas outside the office.

· Workplace Safety and Security

Payroll Information, Compensation, and Benefits

· Timekeeping

· Overtime

· Payday

· Benefits Eligibility

· Health Insurance – Includes dental, vision, and life insurance available for employees.

· COBRA – The conditions under Consolidated Omnibus Budget Reconciliation Act that gives right to employees who lost health benefits because of unemployment to continue group health benefits.

· Bonuses

· Workers' Compensation

· Unemployment Compensation

· Supplemental Insurance

· Disability Insurance


· Attendance Policy

· Paid Holidays and Time Off

· Vacation

· Sick Leave

· Family and Medical Leave (FMLA)

· Jury Duty or Military Leave (USERRA) – Conditions for employees who need to perform duty for the "uniformed services" or the court.

Employee Evaluation

· Conduct and Performance

· Progressive Discipline

· Termination of Employment

· Exit Interviews

· Return of Company Property