Illinois Human Resources Library

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Illinois Human Resources Library

In-depth HR guides to Illinois and federal employment law, delivered in one soft-cover book and online with form and policy templates. Includes what to do and how to do it for everything from pre-hire through post-termination.


Your subscription includes:

  • Hardcopy Manuals: Because sometimes it just feels better to hold a book in your hands, and flip right to the page you need
  • Digital HR Library: Regularly updated so that you will always have the latest policies at your fingertips
  • HRUpdate: weekly e-newsletter highlighting the top HR trends and best practices
  • SHRM and HRCI certified webinars: free monthly access – $120 value – each webinar is worth 1 SHRM credit and 1 HRCI credit
  • Customer Service: If you still can't find the answer you're looking for, our friendly customer service representatives can point you in the right direction.

The Illinois Human Resources Manual will help you to become an expert in:

  • Understanding state and federal specific compliance thresholds
  • Anticipating and being prepared for an HR Audit with our Self-HR-Audit
  • Managing the recruiting and hiring process lawfully
  • Understanding NDAs, intellectual property and trade secret law
  • Managing employee relationships
  • Conducting workplace investigations
  • Avoiding costly non compliance penalties on both the state and federal level
  • Filing personnel and medical records
  • Filing applications and other non-medical records
  • Knowing what questions you can and can't ask
  • Understanding sensitive topics and questions
  • Confidently writing a harassment policy
  • Legally performing drug and alcohol tests
  • Handling workplace violence before, during, or after it happens
  • Reinstating a veteran after military leave
  • Creating and managing email, Internet and other communications policy
  • Obtaining authorization from employees before generating consumer reports

The Model Policies and Forms for Illinois Employers is the second publication in the Illinois Human Resources Library and includes form and policy templates you can download, edit, save and print such as:

  • Basic workplace policies for Illinois
  • Time Off and Leaves of Absence policies
  • Illinois required postings
  • Personnel Records and Recordkeeping Requirements
  • Employee Benefits
  • Illinois specific Termination of Employment
  • New Hire Reporting Form
  • Confidentiality and Conflicts of Interest
  • Illinois leave requirements, including statewide mandatory sick leave law, domestic violence leave, Illinois military family leave
  • Illinois privacy laws
  • (OWBPA) The Older Workers Benefit Protection Act
  • Family medical leave

About the firm
Features of the HR Library
Employer resources
Job descriptions and applications
Employment policies Introduction and atwill employment
Time off and leaves of absence
Basic company policies
Wages and hours
Performance reviews promotions and transfers
Additional matters
Appendix A Recordkeeping requirements
Appendix B Posting requirements
Termination of employment
About the author
Workplace harassment
Military leave
Other types of leave
Privacy rights
Health insurance portability and privacy
Politics in the workplace
Families First Coronavirus Response Act
Pandemic outbreaks
Compliance thresholds
Snapshot An HR audit
Recruiting and hiring
Background checks
Personnel files
Policies and procedures manuals
Independent contractors
Protecting electronic information
Social media
Health insurance reform
Disabilities and reasonable accommodations
Family and medical leave
Workers compensation
Health insurance continuation coverage
Safety and health
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Temporary and leased employees
Celebrations in the workplace
Federal contractors and affirmative action
Workplace investigations
At-Will Employment Application (Option 1)
At-Will Employment Application (Option 2)
At-Will Employment Application (Option 3)
At-Will Employment Application (Option 4)
Background Research Release (Option 1)
Background Research Release (Option 2)
Background Verification Disclosure
Driving History
Educational Reference
Employment Interview Analysis
Employment Reference
Federal Contractor Veteran's Employment Report - VETS 4212
Interview Checklist
Interviewing Form
Invitation to Self-Identify
Job Description
Pre-Hiring Checklist
Reference Release Form
Voluntary Self-Identification of Disability
An Open Letter to All Employees
Employment At-Will Policy
Employment Status Policy
Equal Employment Opportunity Policy
Form I-9 (2020)
Form I-9 Instructions (2020)
Form W-4 (2020)
Global Workplace Policy
IL New Hire Form
IL W-4
Management Rights Policy
Model Offer Letter
Zero-Tolerance Program
Accommodation Request
Adverse Weather Policy
Bereavement Leave Policy
Family and Medical Leave Act Policy
Holidays Policy
Jury Duty Policy
Military Leave Policy
Non-FMLA Policy
Paid Time Off (PTO) Policy
Personal Days Policy
Personal Leave of Absence Policy
Physicians' Release to Return to Work
Physicians' Statement Concerning Leave
Reasonable Accommodation Request Form (Option 1)
Reasonable Accommodation Request Form (Option 2)
Request Form for Non-FMLA Leave
Sample Natural Disaster Policy
Sick Days Policy
Vacation Policy
WH-380-E Certification of Health Care Provider for Employee's Serious Health Condition
WH-380-F Certification of Health Care Provider for Family Member's Serious Health Condition
WH-381 Notice of Eligibility and Rights & Responsibilities
WH-382 Designation Notice
WH-384 Certification of Qualifying Exigency
WH-385 Certification for Serious Injury or Illness for Current Servicemember for Military Family Leave
WH-385-V Certification for Serious Injury or Illness of a Veteran for Military Caregiver Leave
401K Policy
Beneficiary Designation Form (Option 1)
Beneficiary Designation Form (Option 2)
COBRA Continuation Coverage Election Form
Continuing Education Policy
Health Insurance Policy
Long-Term Disability Plan
Model COBRA Continuation Coverage Election Notice (2020)
Model General Notice of COBRA Continuation Coverage Rights (2020)
Short-Term Disability Plan
Accident Reporting Policy
AIDS Policy
Attendance Policy (Option 1)
Attendance Policy (Option 2)
Business Ethics Policy (Option 1)
Business Ethics Policy (Option 2)
Discipline Documentation Policy
Drug-Free Workplace Policy (Government Contractors)
Employment Status Policy
First-Step Warning
Fraternization Policy
General Rules and Regulations Policy
Orientation Period Policy
Personal Conduct Policy
Politics in the Workplace Policy
Record of Accident-Incident-Serious Harm Form
Safety and Health Policy (Option 1)
Safety and Health Policy (Option 2)
Safety and Health Policy (Option 3)
Second-Step Warning
Solicitation Policy
Substance Abuse Policy
Third-Step Warning
Union-Free Policy (Option 1)
Union-Free Policy (Option 2)
Expense Reimbursement Policy
Hours of Work Policy (Option 1)
Hours of Work Policy (Option 2)
Nursing Mothers Policy
Overtime Policy
Secure Choice Savings Policy
Timekeeping Requirements Policy
Compensation Review Policy
Exempt Performance Appraisal
Performance Appraisal Form
Performance Evaluation
Performance Review Policy
Promotions and Transfers Policy
Self-Peer Performance Evaluation Form
Biometric Information Security Policy.docx
Cell Phones Policy
Email Policy
Introduction Policy
Message and Documentation Creation and Retention Policy
Model Appropriate Use Provision
Model Confidentiality Provision
Model Employee Acknowledgment and Consent
Model Information Security Provision
Model Monitoring Provision (No Routine Monitoring)
Model Monitoring Provision (Routing Monitoring)
Model Ownership of Information, Data and Software Provision
Model Personal Use Provision
Remote Access Policy
Social Media Policy
Voicemail Policy
Bright Idea Program Entry Form
Dress Code Policy
Employee Suggestions Policy
Employment of Relatives Policy
Examinations of Records Policy
Inspection of Property Policy
Reference Release Form
Reference Request Policy
Smoking Policy
Telephone Usage Policy
Employee Rights - Employee Polygraph Protection Act
Employee Rights for Workers with Disabilities (Paid at Special Minimum Wage)
Employee Rights under the Davis-Bacon Act
Employee Rights under the FLSA (Federal Minimum Wage) Poster
Employee Rights under the FMLA
Employee Rights Under the National Labor Relations Act (NLRA) Poster
Equal Employment Opportunity Poster
OSHA - It's the Law Poster
Your Rights under USERRA
Employee Exit Checklist
Employee Exit Interview (Option 1)
Employee Exit Interview (Option 2)
Employee Separation Summary
Layoff and Recall Policy
Termination Policy
Telecommuting agreement
Telecommuting checklist
Telecommuting policy
FFCRA Leave Policy
FFCRA Poster
FFCRA Request for Leave of Absence (FMLA)
FFCRA Request for Leave of Absence (Non-FMLA)
Communicable Diseases Policy
Shutdown Policy
Stay Home From Work Poster
Wash Your Hands Poster
Form I-9 (2020)
Form I-9 Instructions (2020)
Form W-4 (2020)
Model Notice for Employers Who Do Not offer a Health Plan
Model Notice for Employers Who Offer a Health Plan to Some or All Employees
Sample Notice of Special Enrollment Rights
I-9 Form (2017 -2019)


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Laner Muchin

Laner Muchin, Ltd. is one of the oldest and largest law firms in the country concentrating exclusively in representing employers in the field of labor, employment law, business immigration and employee benefits.

Established in 1945 by one of the drafters of the law which eventually became the National Labor...

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Reviews WHAT PEOPLE ARE SAYING ABOUT US is a must-have not only for HR professionals in the state, but for labor and employee relations professionals, employment lawyers and small business owners. It is comprehensive in scope, addressing the many legal and compliance issues that face employers from recruiting to retirement. Yet, despite the wide range of issues covered, and the complexity of those issues, information is easy to find and comprehend, avoiding much of the legal-speak that can often be difficult to interpret.

John A. Challenger Chief Executive Officer, Challenger, Gray & Christmas, Inc., Chicago, Illinois

This is the type of reference material that every manager and entrepreneur should have on his or her desk. The book addresses most employee-employer questions that occur during daily operations and includes coverage of many major federal employment laws. Managers will appreciate the implementation guidelines provided on specific state laws and requirements in the state of Illinois. In my opinion, owning this book is like having your own employment legal counsel sitting with you at staff meetings and when addressing routine business practices.

Dr. Melody Wollan Assistant professor of management, Eastern Illinois University School of Business, Charleston, Illinois

I have been in Human Resources for over 30 years.  "Performance Management Strategies: Finding Common G.R.O.U.N.D." was one of the best presented, arranged, and informative webinars I have ever participated in.  I wish my whole crew of supervisors and managers could have participated in it.  However, with the information I received and the way it was laid out, I hope that I will be able to mock the presentation for them. You and Jamie did an excellent job in presenting this in a clear, distinctive way that was interesting and was never boring. 

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