Iowa Human Resources Library

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Iowa Human Resources Library

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In-depth HR guides to Iowa 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.

These publications are prepared exclusively for Iowa employers and made available by the Iowa Association of Business and Industry in a continuing effort to provide reliable and practical information for our members and the Iowa business community.

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 Iowa 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 Iowa Employers is the second publication in the Iowa Human Resources Library and includes form and policy templates you can download, edit, save and print such as:

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

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 Iowa 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.  

Editors foreword
Features of the HR Library
Time off and leaves of absence
Job descriptions and applications
Employee benefits
Candidate screening
Time of hire
Basic company policies
Wages and hours
Performance reviews promotions and layoffs
Protecting business information
Complaint procedures
Other matters
Appendix A Recordkeeping requirements
Acknowledgment of receipt of handbook
About the firm
About the authors
Appendix B Posting requirements
About the contributors
Families First Coronavirus Response Act
Plant closings and mass layoffs
Snapshot An HR audit
Compliance thresholds
Recruiting and hiring
Background checks
Temporary and leased employees
Independent contractors
Child labor
Policies and procedures manuals
Restrictive covenants and trade secrets
Performance evaluations
Personnel files
Privacy rights
Iowa Association of Business and Industry
Health insurance reform
Military leave
Health insurance continuation coverage
Family and medical leave
Unemployment compensation
Health insurance portability and privacy
Safety and health
Workplace violence
Workers compensation
Public employers
Politics in the workplace
Protecting electronic information
Federal contractors and affirmative action
Social media
Workplace investigations
Disabilities and reasonable accommodation
Pandemic outbreaks
Disaster planning
Workplace harassment
Celebrating in the workplace
Accommodation Request
Bereavement Leave Policy
Emergency Services Policy
Family and Medical Leave Act Policy
FFCRA Leave Policy
FFCRA Request for Leave of Absence (FMLA)
FFCRA Request for Leave of Absence (Non-FMLA)
Holiday Policy
Jury Duty Policy
Military Leave Policy
Non-FMLA Leave Policy
Paid Time Off Policy
Personal Leaves of Absence Policy
Request for Leave of Absence (Non-FMLA)
Sick Day Policy
Vacation Policy
Veterans Day 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 Rules & Responsibilities
WH-382 Designation Notice
WH-384 Certification of Qualifying Exigency
WH-385 Certification for Serious Injury and Illness of a Current Servicemember
WH-385-V Certification for Serious Injury or Illness of a Veteran
Application for At-Will Employment (Option 1)
Application for At-Will Employment (Option 2)
Application for At-Will Employment (Option 3)
Application for At-Will Employment (Option 4)
Conditional Offer Letter
Invitatation to Self-Indentify
Job Description
Voluntary Self-Identification of Disability
401(K) Plan Policy
COBRA Continuation Coverage Election Notice
Continuing Education Policy
Health Insurance Policy
Health Insurance Statement
Long-Term Disability Plan Policy
Model COBRA Continuation Coverage Election Notice (2020)
Model COBRA Continuation Coverage General Notice (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
Short-Term Disability Plan Policy
Candidate Evaluation
Employment Interview Analysis Form
Employment Reference
Employment Reference Release Form
Interview Checklist
Interviewing Form (Option 1)
Interviewing Form (Option 2)
Letter When No Current Openings
Model FCRA Preliminary Adverse Action Notice
Non-FCRA Rejection Letter - For Those Interviewed (Option 1)
Non-FCRA Rejection Letter - For Those Not Interviewed (Option 2).
Reference Inquiry
Summary of Your Rights Under the FCRA
EEO Policy
Form I-9 (2020)
Form I-9 Instructions (2020)
Form W-4 (2020)
Harrassment Policy
Introduction Policy
Iowa Health Care Referral Form
Iowa W-4 form (2020)
New Employee Checklist
Sexual Harassment Policy
Workplace Violence Policy
Attendance Policy (Option 1)
Attendance Policy (Option 2)
Computer and Electronic Use Policy
Consensual Relationship Agreement
Drug-Free Workplace Policy
Employment Status Policy
General Rules and Regulations Policy
Non-Fraternization Policy
No Distribution Policy
Notice to Donor
Personal Conduct Policy
Safety and Health Policy (Option 1)
Safety and Health Policy (Option 2)
Safety and Health Policy (Option 3)
Sample Letter - Current Employee Positive Test
Substance Abuse Policy
Workplace Violence Policy
Employee Payroll Change Notice
Hours of Work Policy (Option 1)
Hours of Work Policy (Option 2)
Nursing Mothers Policy
Overtime Policy
Paycheck by Mail Form
Payment by Debit Card Form
Payroll Advance Policy (Option 1)
Payroll Advance Policy (Option 2)
Payroll Direct Deposit Form
Salary Change Recommendation Form
Telecommuting Agreement
Telecommuting Policy
Timekeeping Policy
Travel Time Policy
Compensation Review Policy
Exempt Performance Appraisal
Layoff-Recall Policy
Performance Appraisal
Performance Appraisal Summary
Performance Evaluation
Performance Review Policy
Promotion and Transfer Policy
Self-Peer Performance Evaluation Form
Company Information Policy
Conflicts of Interest Policy
Employment Confidentiality Agreement
Employment Inventions Creations Agreement
Complaint Procedure Policy (Option 1)
Complaint Procedure Policy (Option 2)
Jury Waiver Policy
Dress Code Policy
Electronic Use Policy
E-mail and Online Activities Policy
Employee Suggestion Form
Employee Suggestion Policy
Employment of Relatives Policy
Examination of Records Policy
Inspection of Property Policy
Music in the Workplace Policy
Personal Cell Phones and Recording Devices Policy
Polygraph Testing Policy
Reference Release Form
Reference Requests Policy
Smoking Policy - Allows Limited Smoking (Option 1)
Smoking Policy - All Smoking Prohibited (Option 2)
Social Media, Blogging and Online Communication Policy
Social Networking Policy (Allowing Use)
Social Networking Policy (Disallowing Use)
Telephone Usage Policy
COBRA Termination Report
Employee Exit Interview (Option 1)
Employee Exit Interview (Option 2)
Employee Separation Clearance Checklist
Exit Checklist
Iowa WARN Notice (Option 1)
Iowa WARN Notice (Option 2)
Reference Request Policy
Separation Summary
Termination Policy (Option 1)
Termination Policy (Option 2)
Termination Policy (Option 3)
Acknowledgment of Receipt
Employee Polygraph Protection Act Poster
Employee Rights Under the Fair Labor Standards Act Poster
Equal Employment Opportunity is the Law Poster
Family and Medical Leave Act Poster
Iowa Equal Employment Opportunity Poster
Job Safety and Health Protection Poster
No Smoking Iowa Smoke-Free Air Act Poster
Safety and Health Protection on the Job Poster
Summary of Work-Related Illness and Injuries
Unemployment Insurance Poster
Uniformed Services Employment and Reemployment Rights Act Poster
Your Rights Under Iowa's Minimum Wage Poster
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)
Form W-4 (2020)
Form I-9 (2020)
Form I-9 Instructions (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
Communicable Diseases Policy
Shutdown Policy
Stay Home From Work Poster
Wash Your Hands Poster


Iowa Association of Business and Industry employment law

Iowa Association of Business and Industry

The Iowa Association of Business and Industry, Iowa’s oldest and largest statewide business network is pleased to present the Iowa HR Library. We hope it will help you operate your business more efficiently and avoid the hidden pitfalls that lurk among the maze known as HR.

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BrownWinick employment law


In 1951, a tax-law specialty firm opened its doors in downtown Des Moines, Iowa. Its modest size hid lofty ambitions: to help its clients build on a strong foundation, and to put businesses from Iowa, the Midwest and around the country on a powerful footing for growth and...

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Fredrikson & Byron employment law

Fredrikson & Byron

At Fredrikson & Byron, we’ve built a reputation as the firm “where law and business meet” by bringing business acumen and entrepreneurial thinking to our work with clients, and by operating as business advisors and strategic partners as well as legal counselors.

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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

I’ve had many occasions to use the materials purchased from ACCR. I enjoy the fact that they come both electronically and in hard copy. I keep the electronic copy on my desktop and find it very user friendly. I usually just search for a word in the document and just like that, I have my answer. The hard copy is nice for traveling or just looking things up the old fashioned way. The layout is very handy. Overall, I’ve been very pleased with my purchases thus far. The information is easy to find and the books are very easy to read.

Bill Pinegar, SPHR Human Resources Consultant, Kiesling Associations, Des Moines, Iowa

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. ,

As ABI visits with business leaders throughout the state, there is no question that employment issues are at the top of their list of concerns. Our members value this resource and use it to address their HR needs. And for those professionals who make decisions on health and other benefits, it is a valuable tool to stay ahead of the curve.

Kathy Anderson Vice President, Member Development and Programs, Iowa Association of Business and Industry, Iowa



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