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How to write and amend an employee handbook

Author: Toni Trevett


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  • Ensure that the handbook is accessible to all of your employees.
  • Include a staff declaration and sections on employee rights, policies and procedures and staff benefits.
  • Identify whether or not the staff handbook is incorporated into employment contracts.
  • Be aware that including policies and procedures in an incorporated handbook could make them contractual.
  • Remember that if a handbook is changed, employment contracts may need to be amended.
  • Be aware that employees are more likely to support changes when they have been involved in the process.
  • Consider whether or not any change requires agreement.
  • Do not presume implied agreement nor that employees' silence amounts to their consent to a variation.