HR policies dictate the procedural requirements for employees, often through formal documentation and handbooks. The main goal of proper HR policy is to mandate and formalize compliance with employment law
, structure a positive work environment, and mitigate risk for the employer and employees.
HR policies often come about through an informal process of trial and error: employee complaints, new legislation, concerns of executives and other events often create a constantly shifting set of policies. However, it is imperative that Human Resources professionals set an overriding plan for the development of a cohesive policy. Employment law experts should be consulted, and changes made to the initial policy set should be systematically recorded. It is most important that the overall employment policy framework be set in place by knowledgeable professionals and that the policy covers all major risks to the employer and employees.