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This Model Policies and Forms for Illinois Employers is offered to you for free. Find state specific laws and regulations below.

Features of the HR Library

Employment laws are modified every year and staying up to date on all the changes can be a full-time job – and is, for human resources professionals and employers. For the experienced attorneys who write our books, this manual is a way to help businesses stay on the right side of employment law, minimize the risk of litigation, and avoid costly penalties. This reference has been organized to fit your needs and outfitted with numerous features to help you make sure your policies and business practices are in compliance with the law.

  • The place to start - Our goal is to provide you with a useful resource to help you make effective employee handbooks and appropriate policies. As such, Chapter 01: Employer resources, is dedicated to getting you started. Check out this quick overview before drafting your handbook or updating your policies.
  • The structure - To make this book more functional, we’ve displayed many sample policies and forms in text, directly after the topic is addressed. This is meant to aid you during the process of crafting your handbook. For instance, for the discussion of job descriptions and a sample job description form available for download, look in Chapter 02: Job descriptions and applications.
  • The content - While we’ve worked to make this book as effective as possible – providing efficient ways to find specific content without expecting busy employers to sit down and read the text straight through – we want every chapter to be readable and uncomplicated, letting you know what to do, how to do it, and a little bit of why. 
  • The connections - As there is a lot of information in this book that requires interaction with different professional parties, contact information – including websites, email addresses, phone numbers, and fax numbers for many government departments and local organizations – is spread throughout the book. In-text mentions of external sources are followed by links to make it easier for you to apply our text to your own business. Look out for sections with prompts for where to download important forms and posters, like in Chapter 11: Termination of employment. Think of it as the most detailed address book you’ve ever owned!
  • The appendices - We’ve tried to make every page of this manual useful, not just the beginning; so don’t dismiss the appendices. At the end of the book there are a number of valuable resources for your use. The topics include recordkeeping and posting requirements, both complete with federal and state constraints. Find the exact information you need, compiled and at hand, ready for your use.