The Full Handbook is attached below.


The NFIB Legal Foundation is pleased to provide you with this Model Employee Handbook for Small Business. This handbook is intended to assist you in creating your own custom employee handbook. The actual polices and procedures of your business may vary due to the size of the company, the number of employees, benefits offered and other factors. The handbook is therefore intentionally broad, and should be modified and supplemented to accurately reflect your individual company’s needs. 

While the information provided within this handbook is intended to be complete and accurate, it should not be considered legal advice. Employment laws vary from state to state, and it would be impracticable to provide a detailed employment handbook tailored to each locale. The authors and publishers cannot be held responsible for any errors or omissions. This handbook is provided with the understanding that neither the authors nor the publishers are supplying legal or professional advice.

The guidance and participation of a good attorney is invaluable when creating an effective employee handbook. For more information, contact an employment attorney licensed to practice in your area. If you need assistance in finding an attorney, visit the American Bar Association Lawyer Referral Service at lris/directory.html or contact (800) 285-2221 for your state or county bar association. 

The NFIB Legal Foundation is a 501(c)(3), nonprofit, public interest law firm dedicated to the principles of justice and equity for small business. The Legal Foundation protects the rights of America’s small-business owners by providing guidance on legal issues and by ensuring that the voice of small business is heard in the nation’s courts. The Legal Foundation does not rely on NFIB Member dues. Rather, the Foundation is supported through individual contributions. For more information on the Foundation’s courtroom activity or how to support this worthy cause, please call (800) 552-6342 or visit the “Get More Involved” section of the NFIB’s homepage at