Staff handbooks

Fiona Cuming

Editor's message: A staff handbook can be used to communicate disciplinary and grievance policies as well as the organisation's stance on other issues such as harassment, discrimination, absence, family-friendly rights and other HR matters.

It can also help an organisation show it has acted fairly in accordance with a set of policies and procedures, which can be invaluable for an employer facing a tribunal claim.

Careful drafting is required as terms may be incorporated into a contract of employment, including the entire handbook or some sections of it, regardless of whether or not this was the intention.

Fiona Cuming, employment law editor

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