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Employee Handbook vs Employment Contract

HARRY A.
Member
Sat, 28 Nov 2009 09:11:56 PM  (Last updated: Mon, 30 Nov 2009 01:35:57 PM)

Are the terms listed in employee handbooks have legal standing? Is it part of the employment contract?

KL Siew
Administrator
Sat, 28 Nov 2009 10:32:12 PM

To me, if the employee is given a copy of the handbook or the employment contract has made reference to the handbook, then the contents in it form part of the employment contract. Handbooks usually contend company policies, extra benefits, procedures and so on not mentioned in the employment contract.

HARRY A.
Member
Sun, 29 Nov 2009 03:30:13 PM

what about the clause "...it is intended to provide general information about the policies, benefits and regulations governing the employees and is not intended to be an express or implied contract." Does that mean the handbook is for reading pleasure only?

KL Siew
Administrator
Mon, 30 Nov 2009 01:35:57 PM

I think you are not wrong in saying that. It has no bite obviously.

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