HR-13 Employee Handbook/Code of Conduct

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What is the HR-13 Employee Handbook/Code of Conduct Control?

The HR-13 Employee Handbook/Code of Conduct Control communicates the organization’s values and ethics. It lets employees know the acceptable code of conduct. It is a must to document an employee handbook with a code of conduct and update it every year.

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Control implementation

To implement this control,

Document an employee handbook that includes a mission statement and purpose. Ensure the following components are taken into account:

  • At-will relationship
  • Equal employment opportunities
  • Acceptable conduct
  • Compensation and performance
  • Benefits and leaves
  • Health and safety
  • Workplace guidelines
  • Disciplinary actions
  • Annual review
  • Communicated to all employees

What evidence do auditors look for?

Most auditors, at a minimum, are looking for the below-suggested action:

  1. Provide the most recently updated handbook

Evidence example

For the suggested action, an example is provided below:

  1. Provide the most recently updated handbook.
    The following screenshot is from TrustCloud’s employee handbook.
    TrustCloud Employee Handbook

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