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Illinois Plus

Keeping up with federal and state employment regulations is complex work for any business -- but good human resources guidance can help employers steer clear of costly lawsuits. Fortunately, the Illinois Plus is available. For years, the American Chamber of Commerce Resources HR Library has helped employers and HR personnel find answers quickly. The Illinois Plus is a comprehensive, plain English resource that helps you manage employees from pre-hire through post-termination. Written in plain English, it is authored by top labor lawyers, so you know you can trust the guidance. The Illinois Plus Compliance Library allows users to download and customize hundreds of policies and forms; maintain proper employee personnel files; and create or bolster your employee handbook. When a federal or state labor law or regulation changes, the library is updated -- and you'll receive an e-mail notice so you can easily determine what, if any, changes you need to make. Extra bonus include the HR Update (a weekly newsletter with news and trends) and webinars worth credit towards SHRM-CP/SCP and HRCI certifications.

Includes 4 products for $386.00
  • Hiring, Firing and Discipline for Employers
  • Illinois Human Resources Manual
  • Model Policies and Forms for Illinois Employers
  • Wages and Hours – An Employer’s Guide
  • Plus a 1-year online subscription

    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 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 of labor 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 Authors and Editors

    Features of the HR Library

    Chapter 1: Snapshot

    Chapter 2: Compliance Thresholds

    Chapter 3: Recruiting and Hiring

    Chapter 4: Background Checks

    Chapter 5: Personnel Files

    Chapter 6: Employee Policy and Procedures Manual

    Chapter 7: Wages and Hours

    Chapter 8: Independent Contractors

    Chapter 9: Federal Contractors

    Chapter 10: Technology and the Internet

    Chapter 11: Social Media

    Chapter 12: Employment Discrimination

    Chapter 13: Workplace Investigations

    Chapter 14: Disabilities and Reasonable Accommodation

    Chapter 15: Leaves of Absence

    Chapter 16: Benefits

    Chapter 17: Healthcare Reform

    Chapter 18: Workplace Safety and Health

    Chapter 19: Workers’ Compensation

    Chapter 20: Employee Discipline

    Chapter 21: Termination of Employment

    Chapter 22: Healthcare Continuation, Portability, and Privacy

    Chapter 23: Celebrations in the Workplace

    Chapter 24: Immigration

    Chapter 25: Temporary and Leased Employees

    Chapter 26: Unions

    Appendix A: Recordkeeping Requirements

    Appendix B: Posting Requirements

    Model Policies and Forms for Illinois Employers

    About the Firm

    About the Authors

    Features of the HR Library

    Chapter 1 Employer Resources

    Chapter 2 Job Descriptions and Applications

    Chapter 3 Employment Policies: Introduction and At-Will Employment

    Chapter 4 Time Off and Leaves of Absence

    Chapter 5 Employee Benefits

    Chapter 6 Basic Company Policies

    Chapter 7 Wages and Hours

    Chapter 8 Performance Reviews, Promotions and Transfers

    Chapter 9 Technology

    Chapter 10 Additional Matters

    Chapter 11 Termination of Employment

    Appendix A Recordkeeping Requirements

    Appendix B Posting Requirements

    Hiring, Firing and Discipline for Employers

    About FordHarrison LLP

    About the Editors

    Editor's Foreward

    Chapter 1: Snapshot - An HR Audit

    Chapter 2: Pre-Employment Issues

    Chapter 3: Pre-Employment Testing

    Chapter 4: Interviews

    Chapter 5: Background Checks

    Chapter 6: The Employment Relationship

    Chapter 7: New Hire Reporting

    Chapter 8: Policy Manuals and Employee Handbooks

    Chapter 9: Employee Personnel Files

    Chapter 10: Employment Contracts

    Chapter 11: Non-Compete 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

    Wages and Hours – An Employer’s Guide

    Squire Patton Boggs

    About the Authors

    Chapter 01: Snapshot

    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

    Forms and Policies

    Company Use Job Description

    Sample Job Questionairre

    I-9 Form (2017 -2019)

    I-9 Form Instructions (2017 - 2019)

    Sample Notice of Special Enrollment Rights

    I-9 Form (2017 -2019)

    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

    Sample At-Will Employment Application (Option 1)

    Sample At-Will Employment Application (Option 2)

    Sample At-Will Employment Application (Option 3)

    Sample At-Will Employment Application (Option 4)

    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 (2017 - 2019)

    Form I-9 Instructions (2017 - 2019)

    Global Workplace Policy

    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

    Model General Notice of COBRA Continuation Coverage Rights

    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)

    Hours of Work Policy (Option 1)

    Hours of Work Policy (Option 2)

    Nursing Mothers Policy

    Overtime 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

    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