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What goes in the employee handbook?

Article-What goes in the employee handbook?

Employee handbook policies will be as varied as businesses themselves.

Employee handbook policies will be as varied as businesses themselves. You should consult with your attorney to understand what should (and should not) be included. Here are some questions that handbooks often answer:

What is your policy on sick leave and vacation? On attendance and tardiness?

May employees drink alcohol at lunch? Will you be testing for drug use?

Will the employer be inspecting desks, email and voicemail messages?

What insurance and other benefits will employees enjoy?

How can employees ask for pay corrections related to overtime?

In addition to the above, many handbooks clearly lay out policies prohibiting workplace harassment, as well as the gathering of any genetic or family medical information.

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