Want to Know What Goes Into an Employee Handbook Table of Contents?

Your Employee Handbook Helps Employees Know What Is Important at Work

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What Contents Are Recommended for an Employee 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 the author.

When additional resources are available on the site about a particular employee handbook item, click the links to find additional articles, policies, checklists, and forms here for central interest.

Overview and Employment Relationship

  • Introduction and Purpose of the Handbook
  • Welcome Message From the President/CEO
  • Company History
  • Company Vision
  • Company Mission
  • Company Values
  • Company Overall Goals
  • Company Commitment to Employees
  • Code of Conduct and Business Ethics
  • Non-solicitation Policy
  • Employee and Employer Confidentiality Agreement
  • Non-compete Agreement
  • Employee Handbook Disclaimer
  • Employment Relationship: At-Will Employment
  • Employee Signoff Signifying Receipt of the Handbook, the At-Will Statement, and Employee Acknowledgement That He or She Understands and Will Abide by the Contents

General Employment Information

Attendance at Work

Workplace Professionalism and Company Representation

Payroll Information

  • Compensation Schedule
  • Recording Time Worked


  • Benefits Eligibility
  • Health Insurance
  • Dental Insurance
  • Vision Insurance
  • Group Life Insurance
  • Disability Insurance
  • Health Care Flexible Spending Account (FSAs)
  • 401(k) Plan
  • Bonuses
  • Workers' Compensation (article)
  • Unemployment Compensation (article)
  • Expense Reimbursement
  • Educational Assistance (article)
  • Employee Assistance Program (EAP)
  • Paid Legal Aid
  • Supplemental Insurance
  • Stock Options
  • Employee Discounts
  • Retirement

Employee Time Off From Work

Use of Company Equipment and Electronics

Monitoring in the Workplace

Performance Expectations and Evaluation

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.