A Company Handbook sets out the company’s policies and procedures and should be available to all staff regardless of position.
Sometimes allied a Staff Handbook or Employee Manual, it sets out the company’s procedures on things such as disciplinary procedures, sickness and holiday policies.
A Company Handbook is not a contract of employment but it sits alongside the Contract of Employment and should give clear advice to staff on how the business operates. It contains definitions, expectations, guidelines, rules and policies around amongst others:
- Pay and benefits
- Probation periods
- Policies around sexual and racial harassment
- Drug and alcohol
- Equal rights policies
- Internal promotion procedures
- Performance appraisals and reviews
- Use of company equipment for personal use
- References to the company on personal and corporate Social Media
- Health and Safety
- Notice of employment
- Termination of employment
- Grievance policy
- Sickness policy
- Management structure
- Data protection policies
Cadman HR can help write a fully comprehensive Company Handbook that gives employees the information they need whether issued at induction or later in employment.
A Company Handbook protects both the employee and the employer in employment tribunals and litigation so having it well and comprehensively written is a must for all companies.