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Key Components of a Handbook and Contract

(1) What are the key components of a handbook and contract?
(2) Also, what is the similarities and difference between handbooks and contracts.

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1. What are the key components of a handbook and contract?

The Employment contract is an agreement entered into between an employer and an employee at the commencement of the period of employment and the key components state the exact nature of their business relationship, specifically what compensation the employee will receive in exchange for specific work performed en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Employment_contract

Contracts differ across employment types, but legally need to include certain components, whereas other components are optional and more organizational specific (see Example 1)

Example 1: Midwifery Employment contract


The duties and obligations associated with the employment position should be clearly stated within the
document and can even be appended as a formal job description. Work hours, work site, call responsibilities,
hospital rounds, clinical coverage, and professional outreach or administrative obligations are all topics that
should be addressed.

Terms, Terminations, and Renewals

The starting date and length of the contract, any probationary period, and the terms of renewal should be clearly
stated in the contract. If renewal is based on an annual performance review, written performance criteria should be attached to the contract. The terms under which the contract may be terminated should be explicit. ...

Solution Summary

This solution explains the key components of a handbook and contract, including the similarities and difference between handbooks and contracts through discussion, examples and two supplementary articles which expand on these ideas. Several links are also provided for further research.