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
Â· Introduction and the Purpose of the Handbook
Â· Message from the President/CEO
Â· Company History
Â· Company Vision and Mission
Â· Values and general goal
Â· Confidentiality â€“ This is vital because the employee will learn the ropes of the company and confidential procedures that should be kept away from competitors.
Â· Non-compete Agreement â€“ States that the employees are not allowed to work for the competitor after leaving the company for a certain period of time.
Â· Employee Handbook Disclaimer and Acknowledgement â€“ It serves as proof that the employees will understand and follow the company policies.
General Policies about Employment
Â· Equal Employment Opportunity (Accommodation for People with Disabilities) â€“ The law requires companies to be fair to all kinds of people when it comes to recruitment.
Â· Employment Eligibility
Â· Internal Employee Application Process
Â· Rehiring Policy â€“ Companies can only rehire employees under certain conditions.
Â· Harassment and Discrimination Procedure and Investigation â€“ Informs employees on what to do in case of harassing or discriminative actions.
Work Attendance and Professionalism
Â· Exempt and Non-exempt Employees â€“ Defines what an exempt and non-exempt employee is.
Â· Working Hours (Breaks and Overtime)
Â· Dress Code
Â· Smoke and Substance-free Workplace â€“ States the punishment for employees who are proven drug addicts and the proper smoking areas outside the office.
Â· Workplace Safety and Security
Payroll Information, Compensation, and Benefits
Â· Benefits Eligibility
Â· Health Insurance â€“ Includes dental, vision, and life insurance available for employees.
Â· COBRA â€“ 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.
Â· Workers' Compensation
Â· Unemployment Compensation
Â· Supplemental Insurance
Â· Disability Insurance
Â· Attendance Policy
Â· Paid Holidays and Time Off
Â· Sick Leave
Â· Family and Medical Leave (FMLA)
Â· Jury Duty or Military Leave (USERRA) â€“ Conditions for employees who need to perform duty for the "uniformed services" or the court.
Â· Conduct and Performance
Â· Progressive Discipline
Â· Termination of Employment
Â· Exit Interviews
Â· Return of Company Property