As a legal standard, the term public policy has no fixed definition. Nonetheless, courts find contracts to be against public policy if the contracts harm the interests of the public or violate a public statute, or otherwise are contrary to the interests of society.
Principles, values and standards that courts and legislatures consider to be in the best interest of an individual, and the general public as well. May be expressed or implied and varies among jurisdictions. Employer violations of employment, labor and common laws are often broadly referred to as violations of public policy, because it's in the best interest of the general public that all employers honor such laws. Alleged violations of public policy typically must go through the courts for resolution.
A set of action guidelines or rules that results from the actions or lack of actions of governmental entities.