Employee handbook is not mandatory however it is highly recommended and best practice.
A robust employee handbook can help defend costly tribunal claims and is also a point of reference for employees regarding policies and procedures.
The employee handbook should contain both mandatory policies and procedures such as grievance and disciplinary and policies outlining how other staff matters will be handled by the organisation – these include employee absence, social media use, codes of conduct etc.
Yes. However, each employee doesn’t necessarily need to receive a hard copy of their handbook. Each employee should sign to acknowledge that they have received, read and understood the contents of the employee handbook.