Bar Bulletin

Bar Bulletin

Workplace Rules for Employee Handbooks

By Karen Sutherland

There are thousands of statutes, rules and regulations that apply to workplaces. Deciding which statutes, rules and regulations should be translated into plain language and included in an employee handbook can be overwhelming. This article outlines some tips for deciding what rules and other information to include in an employee handbook.

Employers (and employment lawyers) can disagree as to what workplace rules to adopt. Having too many workplace rules may feel oppressive and may negatively impact innovation and creativity, and employees’ development of problem-solving skills. On the other hand, having too few workplace rules may lead to violations of laws and regulations, and misunderstandings about expectations for workplace conduct....

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