What issues should I expect to find in my employer's handbook and staff rules?

Handbooks do vary, but their aim is to provide useful information about the organisation you work for and to explain terms and conditions of employment. 

These may include: 

  • general information about the organisation; 

  • employment information, such as information on individual conditions of employment, maternity leave, adoption or shared parental leave, the sickness scheme, flexible working, bereavement leave and any specific company rules; 

  • organisational policies and procedures around, for example, training, equal opportunities, time off for trade union activities, grievance and disciplinary procedures, and any collective bargaining arrangements; and 

  • special benefits or services offered to employees, such as occupational health provision, canteen facilities or staff discount schemes. 

Note: This content is provided as general background information and should not be taken as legal advice or financial advice for your particular situation. Make sure to get individual advice on your case from your union, a source on our free help page or an independent financial advisor before taking any action.

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