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What is an employee handbook?

A roadmap connecting employees to company culture

‍An employee handbook is a collection of regulations, procedures, working conditions, and behavioral standards that govern employee behavior in a specific company. The employee handbook contents can be accustomed to unite business and occupation-related data that employees need to know. It is also known as a representative manual, staff handbook, or organization strategy.

An employee handbook establishes clear expectations for your employees by mentioning employee rights and legal obligations. Employee manuals help companies avoid lawsuits and claims from employees, such as wrongful termination, harassment, and discrimination. The handbook also serves as an important introduction to your company for new employees, offering information that helps them grasp your vision and values.


Essentials of Employee Handbook

More than just a term of Employment, the Employee Handbook is an Essential Guide to your company culture and values.

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Composing an incredible employee handbook depends on an exhaustive comprehension of the organization and its way of life. Every company will have different needs, but here is an overview of what you should include in a standard employee manual:

  • Company culture and history
  • Compensation & Benefits Information
  • Company vision and mission
  • New hire and separation procedure
  • Company policies and employee benefits including work hours, dress code, vacation, sick days, workplace bullying and harassment, etc.
  • Human resource, employment laws and legal advice

What is an Employee Contract / Agreements?

The Employment Agreement lays down the rights and obligations of both employers and employees in managing employees.

An employment contract in India is a legally binding agreement extended from an employer to a new employee setting out the terms and conditions, rights, duties, and obligations that both parties must be aware of during the course of employment and thereafter.

While a verbal agreement is valid, proving its veracity may be challenging and can incur significant risk varying from expensive disputes and unsatisfied employees to a demoralizing work environment that fosters misunderstandings. In a world of uncertainty, employment contracts can be immensely valuable to employers as well as employees as they legally establish the working relationship and lay forth key guidelines and regulations with respect to the employment.


Essentials of Employee Contract/ Agreement

The agreement clearly define the duration, scope, and rights of employee-employer exchanget of services & pay.

As a legal contract, an employment agreement outlines the specific terms of employment and clearly outlines the various responsibilities of the employee. As soon as the draft has been approved and agreed upon, all parties must sign it to validate and complete the process.

A well drafted employment contract will address all the terms of employment and will leave no room for ambiguity or future misunderstandings.

Duration of Employment
Salary and Benefits
Leaves and Holidays
Non-compete and non- solicitation
Governing Laws and Jurisdiction
Intellectual Property Rights & Confidentiality
Designation, Job description and Duties


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Employees' employment agreements are legally valid only when they contain reasonable restrictions on them. Unreasonable restrictions make those provisions unenforceable.

Employment Agreements do not need to be notarized by a public notary, but stamp duty has to be paid. Stamp duty rates vary from state to state, so check the Schedule of the applicable Stamp Act.

The Service Agreement governs the relationship between contractors and their clients for fixed-term projects. An employee, on the other hand, is hired full-time and is covered by an Employment Agreement. Contractors are paid fees for which they must raise invoices, whereas employees are paid a fixed salary.

Safeguards the interest of the employer
Safeguards the interest of the employee
Helps set expectations
Helps list down laws of employment
Assists in case of any differences between employee and employer.

The court in the area in which the place of employment is located most often has the jurisdiction to adjudicate on the matter.

A contract typically includes the obligations, roles, and certain important details such as the commencement date, Work Duration, Trial Period, Details about the Pay, Employee’s Duties, Pay Period, etc.