HR Strategy, HR UPDATE



Creating The Employee Handbook

Creating the Employee Handbook

Use this template to create your Employee Handbook. An Employee Handbook should include the following elements:

  1. Company Story and Mission
  2. Who We Are (e.g., about us, about our logo)
  3. Company Values
  4. Perks, Benefits
  5. Company Voice (e.g., how we message)
  6. Company Community (e.g., office location)
  7. Social Media Policy
  8. How to Contact HR (e.g., HR contact info)
  9. House-keeping (e.g., shared spaces, cell phones, personal appearance)
  10. General Employment Policies
  11. At-Will Employment
  12. Equal Employment
  13. Immigration Laws
  14. Employee Classification (e.g., exempt, non-exempt, full-time, part-time, etc.)
  15. Workplace Conduct Overview
  16. Workplace Conduct Sample Infractions
  17. Complaint Procedure
  18. .Anti-discrimination & Harassment
  19. Sexual Harassment
  20. General Company Policies
  21. Drug, Alcohol & Smoking Policy
  22. Smoking & Tobacco Use
  23. Reasonable Suspicion Testing
  24. Post-Accident Testing, Medical Marijuana, Rehire the Following Termination for Substance Abuse
  25. Workplace Violence
  26. Protecting Confidentiality
  27. Conflict of Interest
  28. Reasonable Accommodation Under the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA)
  29. On the job injury/illness
  30. Safety
  31. Paid Time Off (PTO)
  32. Paid Holidays
  33. Sick Leave Policy
  34. FMLA
  35. Pregnancy Leave, Maternity and Paternity Leave
  36. Non-FMLA qualifying and/or Personal Leave of Absence; Volunteer Firefighters, Peace Officers, and Emergency Rescue Personnel
  37. Gender Transition Policy
  38. Hours of Work, Compensation & Leaving the Company
  39. PayDay
  40. Attendance & Punctuality
  41. Pay Schedule, Required Deductions, Garnishment
  42. Acknowledgment of Receipt
  43. Welcome!


We hope you found this guide helpful. Our goals were simple: lay down the fundamental pillars of Human Resource Strategy. By taking a deep dive into the basics, we have refreshed our understanding of the key drivers of great organizations.
We recognize that at the core of any company is a workforce. As labor becomes
increasingly specialized and knowledge economies bloom, you will be tasked with the increasingly complex task of managing professionals. Best of luck!

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