Policy gears As new policies arecreated and old ones revised or eliminated, an employer's handbookshould be updated to reflect the changes. (Photo:Shutterstock)

Many companies have an employee handbook, but most handbooks have roomfor improvement. There is no one-size-fits-all formula. There are,however, a number of best practices that can help employers of allsizes maximize the positive impact of this often-overlooked humanresources tool.

Employee handbook must-haves

No two handbooks are the same, just as no two companies are thesame. The contents of an employee handbook will be driven by avariety of factors such as the size of the business, the type ofbusiness (e.g. manufacturing, sales, professional services, etc.),the states where the company has employees and the corporateculture. Regardless, there are certain provisions that should bepart of every employee handbook.

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