A handbook for handbooks

Tips for ensuring employee handbooks are effective, legal and up to date
By Megan Burkett
|Canadian HR Reporter|Last Updated: 01/14/2013

There are numerous benefits to implementing an employee handbook. It’s a communication tool through which workplace rules and procedures can be set out for employees to follow, and it’s an effective way to clearly explain expectations to employees in a consistent manner. If expectations are not in writing, there is a risk some employees will not be aware of workplace rules.

An employee handbook can also provide legal protection, as the policies can be relied upon as a contractual term, with consequences for an employee failing to meet those terms.

To ensure a handbook is effective and legal, here are some tips to follow: