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In-depth HR guides to Ohio and Federal employment law, policies and form templates in one soft-cover book. Includes what to do and how to do it for everything from pre-hire through post-termination, policies and form templates that you can use as-is or customize, updated online access, email notifications and a weekly e-newsletter

Ohio Human Resources Manual

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Ohio Prime was created in collaboration with Kastner Westman & Wilkins, and authored by Amanda S. Smith, Thomas Evan Green.


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About the law firm

Kastner Westman & Wilkins

Kastner Westman & Wilkins LLC is a labor and employment law firm representing management in all aspects of the employer-employee relationship. Six founding partners who had practiced together for many years formed the firm of Kastner Westman & Wilkins in January 2000.

Since our founding, we have added attorneys and key professionals to our staff in order to provide our clients with sound, comprehensive legal advice on the full range of labor and employment issues. Our professionals...read more

American Chamber of Commerce Resources

For more than 25 years, ACCR has worked with State Chambers of Commerce and Associations of Business and Industry across the country. Our goal is to provide employers and HR professionals with the resources they need to stay in compliance with the rapidly changing world of employment laws and regulations. Our manuals tell you:

  • what to do
  • how to do it
  • and a little bit of why.

No legalese, no endless strings of case citations…our guidebooks simply get you the answers you need, so that you can get back to business.

If seeing is believing, come explore our Publications section and READ A CHAPTER from a book written specifically for your state.


In the early 1980’s, Dick Apland, the godfather of ACCR, worked for the Illinois Chamber of Commerce. He found the Chamber struggling as they attempted to sustain themselves on member dues alone. He then... learn more

Topics covered

Ohio Human Resources Manual

About the firm

About the authors

Features of the HR Library

Chapter 01: Snapshot - An HR audit

Chapter 02: Compliance thresholds

Chapter 03: Recruiting and hiring

Chapter 04: Background checks

Chapter 05: Immigration

Chapter 06: Employee handbooks

Chapter 07: Restrictive covenants and trade secrets

Chapter 08: Independent contractors

Chapter 09: Temporary, leased and franchise employees

Chapter 10: Wages and hours

Chapter 11: Employment of minors

Chapter 12: Discrimination

Chapter 13: Disabilities and reasonable accommodations

Chapter 14: Workplace harassment

Chapter 15: Benefits

Chapter 16: Health insurance reform

Chapter 17: Family and medical leave

Chapter 18: Military leave

Chapter 19: Other types of leave

Chapter 20: Performance evaluations

Chapter 21: Personnel files

Chapter 22: Workplace investigations

Chapter 23: Discipline

Chapter 24: Termination

Chapter 25: Plant closings and mass layoffs

Chapter 26: Health insurance continuation coverage

Chapter 27: Unemployment compensation

Chapter 28: Privacy rights

Chapter 29: Health insurance portability and privacy

Chapter 30: Social media

Chapter 31: Safety and health

Chapter 32: Workers’ compensation

Chapter 33: Politics in the workplace

Chapter 34: Celebrations in the workplace

Chapter 35: Federal contractors and affirmative action

Chapter 36: Unions

Chapter 37: Pandemic outbreaks

Chapter 38: Drugs and alcohol

Appendix A: Recordkeeping requirements

Appendix B: Posting requirements

Forms and Policies

Application for Employment

Form W-4 (2020)

Model Offer Letter

Fair Credit Reporting Act Notice

Sample Pre-Adverse Action Disclosure

Form I-9 (2020)

Form I-9 Instructions (2020)

Model Confidentiality Policy

Model Employee Acknowledgment

Model Employee Conduct & Discipline

Model Employment At Will Policy

Model Equal Employment Opportunity Policy

Model Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA) Policy

Model Harassment Free Policy

Model HIV and AIDS Policy

Model Management Rights Policy

Model Open Door Policy

Model Smoking Policy

Employee Status and Classification Language

Hours of Work Policy

Overtime Policy

Reasonable Break Time for Nursing Mothers

Salary Basis Policy

State of Ohio - Minor Labor Laws Poster

An Open Letter to All Employees

Model Reasonable Accommodations Policy

Harassment Training Acknowledgement Form

Model Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA) Policy

Model Physician's statement concerning leave

Model Religious Observances Accommodation Policy

Model Unpaid Leaves of Absence Policy (For Employers not Covered by the FMLA)

Model Last Chance Letter (Conduct)

Model Last Chance Letter (Performance)

Model Memorandum of Counseling

Model Performance Appraisal Plan

Model Performance Evaluation

Model Performance Evaluation Plan

Harassment-Free Work Environment Sample Policy

Model HIV/AIDS Policy

Religious Observance Accommodation Policy

Sample General Standards of Employee Conduct and Disciplinary Action Policy

Sample Harassment Training Acknowledgment Form

Counseling Notice.docx

Model Attendance and Punctuality Policy

Exit Interview Form

Model Separation Checklist

Sample Transfer or Separation from Employment Policy

Separation Agreement and Release - for Employees Under Age 40

Separation Agreement and Release (Over 40)

Model WARN Notices

Acknowledgment Form for All Employees Regarding Email Monitoring

Acknowledgment of Receipt and Understanding

Internet Acceptable Use Policy

Model Employee Use of Company Equipment and Resources Policy

Model Blog Policy

Model Social Networking Policy

Equal Employment Opportunity - It's the Law Poster

Know Your Rights - Ohio Fair Employment Practices Poster

Model Substance Abuse Policy

Federal Posting Requirements Checklist