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In-depth HR guides to Iowa 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 Iowa employers and made available by the Iowa Association of Business & Industry in a continuing effort to provide reliable and practical information for our members and the Iowa 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 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 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 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.

Iowa Plus was created in collaboration with BrownWinick, Fredrikson & Byron, and authored by Ann Holden Kendell, Bridget R. Penick, Elizabeth A. Coonan, Kendra D. Simmons, Megan Erickson Moritz.


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

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. 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


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 competitive success.

Nearly 70 years later, those ambitions continue to act as our compass. BrownWinick has grown to become one of the region’s preeminent more ,

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.

A proactive, problem-solving mindset runs throughout our service areas, from our traditional legal areas of support like litigation, real estate, and intellectual property to our more consultative practices like government relations more

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.

Targeted, timely and comprehensive, this manual is considered the cornerstone guide of the compliance library. It covers more than thirty primary topics directly related to the employment process.

This updated and revised edition of the Iowa Human Resources Manual was not written as a response to employee-related problems, but to help you avoid them. The guidelines and checklists will help make that easier and the examples, FAQ’s and step-by-step instructions will give you the confidence to know that you are on solid ground.

This manual is a part of a series of publications prepared exclusively for Iowa employers and made available by ABI in... learn more

Topics covered

Iowa Human Resources Manual

About the firm

About the contributors

About the authors

Iowa Association of Business and Industry

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: Temporary and leased employees

Chapter 07: Independent contractors

Chapter 08: Restrictive covenants and trade secrets

Chapter 09: Policies and procedures manuals

Chapter 10: Wages and hours

Chapter 11: Child labor

Chapter 12: Discrimination

Chapter 13: Disabilities and reasonable accommodation

Chapter 14: Workplace harassment

Chapter 15: Benefits

Chapter 16: Health insurance reform

Chapter 17: Family and medical leave

Chapter 18: Military leave

Chapter 19: Families First Coronavirus Response Act

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: Protecting electronic information

Chapter 31: Social media

Chapter 32: Safety and health

Chapter 33: Workplace violence

Chapter 34: Workers' compensation

Chapter 35: Politics in the workplace

Chapter 36: Celebrating in the workplace

Chapter 37: Federal contractors and affirmative action

Chapter 38: Public employers

Chapter 39: Telecommuting

Chapter 40: Disaster planning

Chapter 41: Pandemic outbreaks

Appendix A: Recordkeeping requirements

Appendix B: Posting requirements

Model Policies and Forms for Iowa Employers

About the firm

About the authors

Editors’ foreword

Features of the HR Library

Chapter 01: Introduction

Chapter 02: Job descriptions and applications

Chapter 03: Candidate screening

Chapter 04: Time of hire

Chapter 05: Time off and leaves of absence

Chapter 06: Employee benefits

Chapter 07: Basic company policies

Chapter 08: Wages and hours

Chapter 09: Performance reviews, promotions and layoffs

Chapter 10: Protecting business information

Chapter 11: Complaint procedures

Chapter 12: Other matters

Chapter 13: Termination

Chapter 14: Acknowledgment of receipt of handbook

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


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

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

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

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)

Short-Term Disability Plan 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 Solicitation/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

Form W-4 (2020)

Form I-9 (2020)

Form I-9 Instructions (2020)

FFCRA Leave Policy

FFCRA Poster

FFCRA Request for Leave of Absence (FMLA)

FFCRA Request for Leave of Absence (Non-FMLA)

Telecommuting agreement

Telecommuting checklist

Telecommuting policy

Communicable Diseases Policy

Shutdown Policy

Stay Home From Work Poster

Wash Your Hands Poster

Company Use Job Description

Sample Job Questionairre