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Employee Handbooks

The law does not require employers to adopt an employee handbook or human resource manual, but it does require certain policies be developed and distributed to staff, health and safety and pay equity depending on the size of the company. Polices will not be as clearly communicated if a handbook is not adopted. Managers and employees will need to rely on the company's institutional memory to ensure that policies are consistently applied. Verbal communication of company policies carries no proof that employees were notified of the rules; this leaves the employer open to enforcement and even legal problems later. Work policies and expectations also take on more importance and are more likely to be followed when you publish them in an official handbook.

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