Farm Employee Management

Iowa State University Extension and Outreach

Type: PDF
Knowledge level: Introductory

Do We Need an Employee Handbook?

This report has been prepared by Melissa O’Rourke, Farm and Agribusiness Management Specialist in conjunction with the Iowa State University of Science and Technology.

It looks at  whether your farm has two employees or 25, it is important to be consistent in communications with workers about expectations and conditions of employment.

One tool that can assist in this task is a written employee handbook or policy document. Such a written document can be short and simple or highly detailed, depending on your needs.

It asks the question – what could an employee handbook do for your farm operation?

The key points the report covers are:

  • provide background information about your farm
  • outline work rules, standards of conduct, and other information that informs employees what is expected of them
  • provide information about pay and benefits of working at your farm
  • confirm information about the legal relationship with the employee
  • do not use the employee handbook to replace good communication practices
  • looking for more information on farm employee handbooks

In conclusion the report suggests that a you have your document reviewed by a legal professional who is experienced in employment law.


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