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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 Iowa Plus is available. For years, the Iowa Association of Business and Industry HR Library has helped employers and HR personnel find answers quickly. The Iowa 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 Iowa 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 hrsimple.com webinars worth credit towards SHRM-CP/SCP and HRCI certifications.

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

    Iowa Plus was created in collaboration with BrownWinick,Fredrikson & Byron , and authored by Ann Holden Kendell, Bridget R. Penick, Danielle D. Smid, Elizabeth A. Coonan, 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.

    hrsimple.com 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.

    Today, half a century later, those ambitions continue to act as our compass. BrownWinick has grown to become one of the region's preeminent business-focused law firms, boasting...read 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 and health care...read 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 authors

    About the contributors

    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: Policies and procedures manuals

    Chapter 07: Employee personnel files

    Chapter 08: Restrictive covenants and trade secrets

    Chapter 09: Wages and hours

    Chapter 10: Child labor

    Chapter 11: Performance evaluations

    Chapter 12: Temporary and leased employees

    Chapter 13: Independent contractors

    Chapter 14: Privacy

    Chapter 15: Internet use

    Chapter 16: Social media

    Chapter 17: Lie detector tests

    Chapter 18: Discrimination

    Chapter 19: Workplace investigations

    Chapter 20: Disabilities and reasonable accommodation

    Chapter 21: Employee discipline

    Chapter 22: Termination

    Chapter 23: Plant closings and mass layoffs

    Chapter 24: Family and medical leave

    Chapter 25: Military leave

    Chapter 26: Workplace safety and health

    Chapter 27: Workplace violence

    Chapter 28: Benefits

    Chapter 29: Healthcare reform

    Chapter 30: Workers' compensation

    Chapter 31: Unemployment insurance

    Chapter 32: Healthcare continuation

    Chapter 33: Health insurance portability and privacy

    Chapter 34: Public employers

    Chapter 35: Disaster planning

    Chapter 36: Relationships in the workplace

    Chapter 37: Celebrating in the workplace

    Appendix A: Recordkeeping requirements

    Appendix B: Posting requirements

    Model Policies and Forms for Iowa Employers

    About the firm

    About the author

    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

    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

    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

    Harrassment Policy

    I-9 form

    Introduction Policy

    Iowa Health Care Referral Form

    Iowa W-4 form

    New Employee Checklist

    Sexual Harassment Policy

    W-4 form

    Workplace Violence Policy

    Accommodation Request

    Bereavement Leave Policy

    Emergency Services Policy

    Family and Medical Leave Act Policy

    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

    Model COBRA Continuation Coverage General Notice

    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