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In-depth HR guides to Illinois and federal employment. Includes what to do and how to do it for everything from pre-hire through post-termination. These publications are prepared exclusively for Illinois employers in a continuing effort to provide reliable and practical information for the Illinois business community.

Brand new chapters on COVID-19 in the workplace include:

  • New Families First Coronavirus Response Act Posting Requirement
  • Families First Coronavirus Response Act addition to FMLA and how it applies to your business
  • Telecommuting – telecommuting policy, agreement and employee checklist
  • Handling Pandemics and Communicable Diseases in the Workplace

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 library also includes necessary form and policy templates that are ready for you to download, edit, save and print such as:

  • Time Off and Leaves of Absence policies
  • Personnel Records and Recordkeeping Requirements
  • Employee Benefits
  • New Hire Reporting Form
  • Confidentiality and Conflicts of Interest
  • (OWBPA) The Older Workers Benefit Protection Act
  • Family medical leave

The Hiring, Firing, and Discipline for Employers guide focuses on all the issues faced by employers and managers, with seven state-by-state charts and 14 chapters, covering topics such as:

  • Crafting a task-focused job advertisement
  • Handling applications
  • ADA concerns like reasonable accommodation
  • Separation of medical paperwork
  • Performance appraisals and progressive discipline

The Wages and Hours— An Employer's Guide focuses on all of these wage-related issues, providing 20 chapters and 2 appendices, covering topics such as: 

  • Commonly asked questions and answers
  • Defining "hours worked"
  • Rest and meal periods
  • Computation of overtime compensation
  • Exemptions from overtime

With no monthly subscriptions, HRSimple provides businesses with just one flat price and immediate access to information that is continually updated for as long as you need it! Trust that your information is compiled, written, updated, and translated by a well-credentialed team of practicing attorneys. The Illinois Human Resources Library is the most comprehensive, plain-English guide that's available to your HR team! And clients from pro sports teams to mom-and-pop stores put their trust in us year after year for that exact reason.

Illinois Plus was created in collaboration with Ford & Harrison LLP, Laner Muchin, Polsinelli, Squire Patton Boggs, and authored by Andrew Cripe, Frank L. Day, Jr., Jill S. Kirila, Peter J. Gillespie, Scott Gilbert, Shennan Harris.


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. 

Dena Smith, Heartland EMS, Inc. 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

About the law firm

Ford & Harrison LLP

FordHarrison is a labor & employment firm with nearly 200 attorneys in 28 offices, including three affiliate firms.

The firm has built a national legal practice as one of the nation's leading defense firms with an exclusive focus on labor law, employment law, litigation, business immigration, employee benefits and executive compensation. Through its global practice group and membership in the global employment law firm alliance, Ius Laboris, FordHarrison provides clients that have multinational operations with a more ,

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 Relations Act and the first head of the legal staff of the National Labor Relations Board’s Chicago Regional Office, the Firm currently provides a full range more ,


Polsinelli is proud to work with the American Chamber of Commerce Resources to produce the Kansas Human Resources Manual: A Guide to Kansas and Federal Employment Laws and Regulations, Model Policies and Forms for Illinois Employers and the Missouri HR Library. Our firm’s national reach includes two Kansas offices – one in Overland Park and one in Topeka – that have grown to support our many Kansas clients. Our presence in the region is further strengthened more ,

Squire Patton Boggs

Squire Patton Boggs combines sound legal counsel with a deep knowledge of our clients’ businesses to resolve their legal challenges. We care about the quality of our services, the success of our clients and the relationships that are forged through those successes. With approximately 1,500 lawyers in 44 offices located in 21 countries, our global legal practice is in the markets where our clients do business.

Our labor and employment lawyers represent employers across the 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

Illinois Human Resources Manual

Laner Muchin, Ltd.

About the author

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: Policies and procedures manuals

Chapter 07: Independent contractors

Chapter 08: Temporary and leased employees

Chapter 08: Wages and hours

Chapter 09: Discrimination

Chapter 10: Disabilities and reasonable accommodations

Chapter 11: Workplace harassment

Chapter 12: Benefits

Chapter 13: Health insurance reform

Chapter 14: Family and medical leave

Chapter 15: Military leave

Chapter 16: Other types of leave

Chapter 17: Personnel files

Chapter 18: Workplace investigations

Chapter 19: Discipline

Chapter 20: Termination

Chapter 21: Health insurance continuation coverage

Chapter 22: Privacy rights

Chapter 23: Health insurance portability and privacy

Chapter 24: Protecting electronic information

Chapter 25: Social media

Chapter 26: Safety and health

Chapter 27: Workers’ compensation

Chapter 28: Politics in the workplace

Chapter 29: Celebrations in the workplace

Chapter 30: Federal contractors and affirmative action

Chapter 31: Unions

Chapter 32: Telecommuting

Chapter 33: Families First Coronavirus Response Act

Chapter 34: Pandemic outbreaks

Appendix A: Recordkeeping requirements

Appendix B: Posting requirements

Model Policies and Forms for Illinois Employers

About the firm

About the author

Features of the HR Library

Chapter 01: Employer resources

Chapter 02: Job descriptions and applications

Chapter 03: Employment policies: Introduction and at-will employment

Chapter 04: Time off and leaves of absence

Chapter 05: Benefits

Chapter 06: Basic company policies

Chapter 07: Wages and hours

Chapter 08: Performance reviews, promotions and transfers

Chapter 09: Technology

Chapter 10: Additional matters

Chapter 11: Termination of employment

Appendix A: Recordkeeping requirements

Appendix B: Posting requirements

Wages and Hours – An Employer’s Guide

Squire Patton Boggs

About the authors

Chapter 01: Snapshot - An HR audit

Chapter 02: Overview

Chapter 03: Covered employers

Chapter 04: Workers not covered by federal law

Chapter 05: Leased or temporary employees

Chapter 06: White-collar exemptions

Chapter 07: Additional exemptions

Chapter 08: Minimum wage requirements - nonexempt employees

Chapter 09: Overtime compensation - nonexempt employees

Chapter 10: What counts as “wages” - nonexempt employees

Chapter 11: Determining work time - nonexempt employees

Chapter 12: Deductions from pay

Chapter 13: Recordkeeping requirements

Chapter 14: Enforcement

Chapter 15: Remote workers and telecommuting

Chapter 16: Posting requirements

Chapter 17: Employment of minors

Chapter 18: Equal pay

Chapter 19: Payment of wages

Chapter 20: Where to go for more information

Appendix A: State agencies

Appendix B: Wage and hour district offices

Hiring, Firing and Discipline for Employers

About FordHarrison LLP

About the Editors

Editor's Foreward

Chapter 01: Snapshot - An HR audit

Chapter 02: Pre-employment issues

Chapter 03: Pre-employment testing

Chapter 04: Interviews

Chapter 05: Background checks

Chapter 06: The employment relationship

Chapter 07: New hire reporting

Chapter 08: Policy manuals and employee handbooks

Chapter 09: Personnel files

Chapter 10: Employment contracts

Chapter 11: Noncompete agreements and trade secrets

Chapter 12: Affirmative action

Chapter 13: Discipline

Chapter 14: Termination

Chapter 15: Layoffs

Chapter 16: Employment litigation

Chapter 17: Union organizing activity

Chapter 18: Social media

Appendix A: Federal recordkeeping requirements

Appendix B: Posting requirements

Forms and Policies


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 Exit Checklist

Employee Exit Interview (Option 1)

Employee Exit Interview (Option 2)

Employee Separation Summary

Layoff and Recall Policy

Termination 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

Form I-9 (2020)

Form I-9 Instructions (2020)

Form W-4 (2020)

I-9 Form (2017 -2019)

Sample Notice of Special Enrollment Rights

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

Company Use Job Description

Sample Job Questionairre