Need to Know What Goes into an Employee Handbook?

Here's an Employee Handbook Table of Contents for Your Use

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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.

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

  • Telephone Use

Monitoring in the Workplace:

Performance Expectations and Evaluation

Disclaimer: Please note that the information provided, while authoritative, is not guaranteed for accuracy and legality. The site is read by a world-wide audience and employment laws and regulations vary from state to state and country to country.

Please seek legal assistance, or assistance from State, Federal, or International governmental resources, to make certain your legal interpretation and decisions are correct for your location. This information is for guidance, ideas, and assistance.