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What to expect with your employee handbook

Depending on where you are in life, getting a new job may be a monumental achievement, or simply the next gig that pays the bills. Regardless, there is likely a learning curve that will be experienced involving specific processes and being ingrained in the company’s culture. Part of the introduction will likely involve learning about the employee handbook. While it is natural to gloss over this part of employee orientation, it is helpful to know what a handbook may include.

As such, this post will highlight a few elements that your handbook should have. 

Compensation – You probably know how much you will be paid, and whether you are an hourly or salaried employee, but your handbook should include information about overtime pay (if applicable), pay schedules and performance reviews.

Anti-discrimination policies – Of course, your employer must comply with state and federal equal opportunity laws; especially those that prohibit discrimination on the basis of race, sex, or religion. You can also expect that your handbook will include information about the expectation that employees refrain from harassing other employees.

Policies regarding leave – Your orientation session likely will have a section on taking time off, but your handbook should have information about the processes behind requesting time off.

Standards of Conduct – Finally, your handbook should include details about the expectations regarding office dress codes and ethical obligations. After all, maintaining a specific business culture is integral to the company’s success. So it is important to know about how to operate within it.

If you have questions about your employee handbook, an experienced employment law attorney can help. 

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