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Electronic Model Employee Handbook

WRA's Model Employee Handbook is a template/guide containing information on employment law and examples restaurateurs can follow in creating their own employee handbooks.

  • Alleviates time and stress – quicker and easier than starting from scratch
  • State-specific employment laws not available elsewhere
  • Tool can save you $1000s over consulting a law professional

Note: The model is only a guide and is not intended as legal advice. Because labor laws can and do change, WRA recommends that all employee handbooks produced using this model be reviewed by a labor law attorney.

Download the Electronic Model Employee Handbook from Members Only

Non-members may obtain the electronic handbook by becoming a WRA member. Click for more information on membership or complete the online application.

Table of Contents
The policies in bold are essential, basic policies that every employer should have.


  • Welcome
  • Establishment history
  • Purpose of employee handbook
  • Employment-at-will statement

Employment Policies

  • Equal Opportunity Statement
  • Non-harassment policy
  • Open door policy

House Policies

  • Break times
  • Code of conduct
  • Discipline procedures
  • Drug/alcohol use
  • Employee schedules/time off
  • Employee patronage
  • Equipment handling
  • Errors
  • Guest courtesy and service
  • Holidays
  • Non-Fraternization
  • Overtime
  • Performance reviews
  • Personal appearance/grooming
  • Personal phone calls/visitors
  • Safety/accidents/injuries
  • Security/Monitoring
  • Smoking
  • Social Media and Internet Usage
  • Tardiness/absences/illness
  • Time cards
  • Tip reporting
  • Uniforms

Employee Benefit Policies

  • Employee meals
  • Family and medical leave
  • Health insurance
  • Vacation Employee

Food Safety Related Policies

  • Handwashing
  • Hand Antiseptics/Sick Employees
  • Hygenic Practices
  • Safe Food Handling Practices
  • Food Safety Corrective Action/Inspections

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