Careers Succeeding at Work Want to Know What Goes Into an Employee Handbook Table of Contents? Your Employee Handbook Helps Employees Know What Is Important at Work Share PINTEREST Email Print Oli Kellett/ Taxi/ Getty Images Succeeding at Work Human Resources Employment Law Job Search Resources Hiring Best Practices Glossary Employee Motivation Employee Management Management Careers Management & Leadership Employee Benefits Table of Contents Expand What Contents Are Recommended? Overview and Employment Relationship General Employment Information Attendance at Work Workplace Professionalism Payroll Information Benefits Employee Time Off From Work Use of Company Equipment Monitoring in the Workplace Performance Expectations and Evaluation By Susan M. Heathfield Susan M. Heathfield Susan Heathfield is an HR and management consultant with an MS degree. She has decades of experience writing about human resources. Learn about our Editorial Process Updated on 04/06/20 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 Equal Employment Opportunity Policy (article) Accommodation for People With Disabilities (article) Employment Eligibility Internal Employee Application Process Promotions Employment of Relatives Rehiring Policy Open Door Policy Personnel File Policy Access to Personnel Records Harassment and Discrimination Harassment and Discrimination Reporting Procedure Harassment Investigation Process Office Romances: Fraternization Policy Attendance at Work Exempt and Non-exempt Employee Definitions Working Hours and Overtime Break and Lunch Periods Attendance Expectations and Policy Severe Weather and Emergency Closings Telecommuting Policy Termination When Unable to Work Policy Workplace Professionalism and Company Representation Work Dress Code Smoke-Free Workplace Drugs and Alcohol: Drug-Free Workplace Workplace Violence Weapons at Work Safety and Security Parking Workplace Visitors Conflicts of Interest Accepting and Giving Entertainment or Gifts Travel for Business Policy Mileage Reimbursement Payroll Information Compensation ScheduleRecording Time Worked Benefits Benefits Eligibility Health Insurance Dental Insurance Vision Insurance Group Life Insurance Disability Insurance COBRA 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 Paid Holidays Paid Time Off (PTO) Vacation Sick Leave Attendance Policy Family and Medical Leave (FMLA) (article) Bereavement Leave Jury Duty Military Leave (USERRA) Use of Company Equipment and Electronics Telephone Use Cellphone Policy Company Tools, Equipment, and Supplies Computer and Internet Use Policy Blogging and Social Media Policy Monitoring in the Workplace Email, Computer, Voicemail, Internet, and Telephone Usage Video Surveillance and Physical Searches Performance Expectations and Evaluation Performance Development Planning and Feedback Process Employee Conduct and Performance Immediate Employment Termination (article) Progressive Discipline Conflict Resolution Complaint Procedure Employment Termination (article) Exit Interviews (sample questions) Return of Company Property Please note that the information provided, while authoritative, is not guaranteed for accuracy and legality. 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