There is no specific legislation on the topic of staff handbooks, although the content is the expression of a combination of good employment practice and statutory obligations.

Since there are no specific employers’ duties in respect of a staff handbook, there is scope for choice and judgment in the purpose, style and content of the final document.

This topic considers the purpose and the structure of the staff handbook including the format and style. It also looks at the content that should be contained in the handbook and how it should be updated.

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