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Need to Know What Goes in an Employee Handbook?

Here's an Employee Handbook Table of Contents


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Need to see a comprehensive list of the contents of an employee handbook? The benefits to an employer and employees in having an employee handbook were covered in an earlier article which also covered how to distribute a handbook.

Here are the policies, procedures, benefits, expectations of the employment relationship, professional behavioral expectations, and more that are often found in an employee handbook. This sample table of contents also covers pay,  performance expectations, and legal issues.

Please use these samples as guides for developing the policies and content of your own employee handbook. This table of contents and the linked policies, articles, and other material may not be reprinted online or used for publication without written permission from Susan Heathfield.

When additional resources are available on the site about a particular handbook item, I have linked additional articles, policies, checklists, and forms here for central interest.

Sample Contents for an Employee Handbook


Overview and Employment Relationship

General Employment Information

Attendance at Work

Workplace Professionalism and Company Representation

Compensation and Benefits

Payroll Information

  • Compensation Schedule
  • Recording Time Worked


Employee Time Off From Work

Use of Company Equipment and Electronics

Monitoring in the Workplace:

Performance Expectations and Evaluation

Find out why you need an employee handbook, how to make sure your handbook is legal, and how to distribute your handbook in Develop an Employee Handbook.

Free Policy Samples, Forms, and Check Lists:

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The site has a world-wide audience and employment laws and regulations vary from state to state and country to country, so the site cannot be definitive on all of them for your workplace. This information is not legal advice and is for guidance only. When in doubt, always seek legal counsel.

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