Many Employers have employee handbook which sets out certain benefits and also covers matters like disciplinary procedures and general conduct.
Is this part of my employment contract?
While the appointment letter or Key Employment Terms (KETs) may set out the main terms of the employment contract, it may not be feasible for it to provide a comprehensive list of all employment obligations and benefits. Many companies therefore place these in a separate document, such as a staff handbook. A staff handbook can form part of the employment contract if the employee is given notice of it before or at the time that he or she enters into the employment contract.
For example, the appointment letter may specifically state that “Your employment is subject to the terms in the Staff Handbook.” Or there may be a more general statement, such as: “Your employment is subject to the general terms and conditions of the company.” This could be broad enough to cover documents such as the staff handbook.
If the employee or staff handbook is part of your contract, you should familiarise yourself with it, as you have to comply with its terms and conditions.
However, a staff or employee handbook may cover many matters, and not all of them may be employment terms and conditions. Certain minor matters might just be considered to be house rules or guidelines.
You may wish to include the following applicable clauses in your Employee Handbook:
|Induction Procedure For New Staff Members|
|2.00||Employee Commitment Form|
|3.00||Our Company And Its Business|
|5.00||Your Employment And This Handbook|
|6.00||Industrial Awards/Collective Agreements|
|7.00||Experience And Training|
|9.05||Contract Of Service (Employer & Employee Engagement)|
|10.02||Recruitment and Selection|
|10.13||Hours of Work|
|11.00||Time Avway From Work|
|11.02||Annual Leave Entitlements (not Applicable To Casuals)|
|11.03||Sick Leave (not Applicable To Casuals And Probationary Employees)|
|11.08||Child Care Leave|
|11.09||Unpaid Infant Care Leave|
|11.10||Long Service Leave (not Applicable To Casuals)|
|11.11||Unpaid Leave (not Applicable To Casuals)|
|12.01||Medical & Dental|
|12.03||Foreign Worker Medical Insurance|
|12.04||Personal Accident Insurance|
|15.00||Presentation And Dress|
|17.00||Discrimination And Harassment Policy|
|18.00||Dispute Settlement Procedure|
|20.00||Workplace Safety & Health Policy|
|20.03||Alcohol And Drug Policy|
|20.04||Fire Evacuation Procedure|
|20.05||Smoke Free Environment|
|21.00||Workplace Injuries And Compensation|
|22.00||Computer And Email Policy|
|23.00||Use Of Telephones|
|24.00||Emergency Contact Numbers|
|25.00||Disclosure Of Confidential Information|
|26.00||Retirement & Re-Employment Policy|
|27.01||Termination for Cause|
|27.02||Termination without Cause|
Remarks: Some of these clauses may or may not be optional to include in the contract.
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