QUESTION

What should an employee handbook include?

SHORT ANSWER
There are no rules for what should be included. But certain policies help protect employers if an employee raises a claim.
Read More Below

There are no set rules for what must be included in an employee handbook.  However, there are certain policies that serve to protect employers should an employee ever raise claims under state or federal law, or should an employer seek to make clear that certain conduct is per se unacceptable and grounds for immediate termination.  These include:

There are categories of policies employers may then want to consider, but are not necessarily needed in every workplace.  They include, but are not limited to:

Ultimately, each company is different and needs to look at its culture and its workforce to decide which policies are necessary.