The best way to create a staff handbook

Charles BrecqueCharles Brecque
Last updated on:
March 30, 2022
Published on:
March 4, 2022

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Staff Handbooks, also known as employee handbooks are great for companies. They give old and new employees a quick reference to employment policies and help them understand the company culture. However, creating one can be a time consuming and difficult task for most small business owners and startup founders. This guide will help you create your own staff handbook and save time!

What is a Staff handbook?

A staff handbook, also known as an employee handbook, is an employee manual which stores company policies, rules and procedures which are not referenced in the employee's employment contract. For example, a staff handbook might detail perks, work hours, the code of conduct and dress code along with more formal policies such as a whistle blowing or health and safety policy. A staff handbook can also be a place to include the company’s mission statement so that employees and new hires can always refer to the company’s core values when needed. Finally, according to UK employment law a staff handbook is not obligatory but it is recommended to offer a complete employment experience to your team members.

Key features of the Legislate employee handbook template

Legislate's staff handbook template is lawyer reviewed and written in plain English. it can be tailored to your requirements by answering simple questions. Moreover, the staff handbook is compatible with the Legislate employment contract and other company policies which means you can offer a consistent experience to your employees.

Some elements of the staff handbook table of contents are detailed below:

  • Sick leave
  • Employee benefits
  • Work environment
  • Expenses
  • Remote work policy
  • Travel
  • Equal opportunities and non-discrimination of company employees
  • Holiday policy

Legislate's contracts also have up-to-date boiler plate clauses such as governing law, disciplinary and grievance procedures the entire agreement clause which allows the Legislate contract if necessary to replace any prior version of a staff handbook you might have created with employees.

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Main benefits of creating your staff handbooks with Legislate

Legislate is an end-to-end contract management platform which offers a professional and seamless contracting experience for all the involved parties. With Legislate you can:

  • Easily manage your staff handbook and employment contracts from your legislate dashboard
  • Give your employees confidence by offering a professional contracting experience during the onboarding process of their first day of employment
  • Create all the additional documents and policies you might need during the employment

How to create a Staff Handbook with Legislate

To create a staff handbook on Legislate simply set the terms of the agreement and invite the employee to the contract by email. Once they have previewed the agreement and accepted the terms, you can both sign the agreement.

About Legislate

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The opinions on this page are for general information purposes only and do not constitute legal advice on which you should rely.

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