You are entitled by law to receive a written statement of particulars or terms and conditions of employment within two months of starting work.
For certain terms, namely sickness provisions, pensions, notice periods and certain discipline and grievance matters, your employer can refer you to another document, such as a company handbook, provided you have reasonable access to it.
You have a statutory right to see a copy of the handbook if it specifies terms and conditions relevant to your employment.
Your employer would be acting unfairly if they tried to penalise or discipline you for breaking a rule or failing to follow a procedure that you didn’t know about because nobody gave you a copy of the handbook or staff rules.
Sometimes the staff handbook can be accessed online on the employer’s intranet.