Maine Human Resources Library

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Bernstein Shur, Littler

Maine Human Resources Library

In-depth HR guides to Maine 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.


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 Maine 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 publication 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
  • Maine required postings
  • Personnel Records and Recordkeeping Requirements
  • Employee Benefits
  • Maine specific Termination of Employment
  • New Hire Reporting Form
  • Confidentiality and Conflicts of Interest
  • Maine leave requirements, including statewide mandatory sick leave law, domestic violence leave, Maine military family leave
  • Maine 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 Maine 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.

Confidentiality and conflicts of interest
Employee discipline
Features of the HR Library
Snapshot An HR audit
Job descriptions and applications
Time of hire
Wages and hours
Time off and leaves of absence
Additional policies
Termination of employment
Appendix A Recordkeeping requirements
Appendix B Posting requirements
About the authors
Applicant screening
About the firm
Performance reviews
Pandemic outbreaks
Temporary and leased employees
Noncompete agreements trade secrets and other employment agreements
Workplace harassment
Military leave
Other types of leave
Privacy rights
Health insurance portability and privacy act
Workplace violence
Politics in the workplace
Celebrations in the workplace
Federal contractors and affirmative action
Disaster planning
Families First Coronavirus Response Act
Background checks
Introduction Features of the HR Library
Recruiting and hiring
Personnel files
Independent contractors
Policies and procedures manuals
Health insurance continuation coverage
Disabilities and reasonable accommodation
Health insurance reform
Family and medical leave
Technology and the Internet
Social media
Safety and health
Workers compensation
Performance evaluations
Employment of minors
About the Maine State Chamber of Commerce
Compliance thresholds
Confidentiality Acknowledgment Form
Conflicts of Interest Policy
Documentation of Counseling
Employee Acknowledgement
Last Chance Letter (Performance)
Memorandum of Counseling
Standards of Conduct-Disciplinary Policy.docx
At-Wil Employment Application
Job Description Form
Employment At Will Policy
Employment Status Policy
Equal Employment Opportunity Policy
Form I-9 (2020)
Form I-9 Instructions (2020)
Global Workplace Policy
Management Rights Policy
Offer Letter
Open Letter to All Employees
Break Time for Nursing Mothers
Hours of Work Policy
Overtime Policy
Acknowledgement of Company Leave Policies
Application for Family and Medical Leave of Absence
Attendance and Punctuality Policy
Conditions of Leave of Absence Notice
Emergency Responder Absence Policy
FMLA Policy
Leave for Victims of Violence Policy
Legislative Leave Policy
Maine Family Medical Leave Policy
Maine Family Military Leave
Public Health Emergency Leave
Reasonable Accommodations Policy
Religious Observances Accommodation Policy
Volunteer Firefighter Absence for Emergency Response 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 of a Current Servicemember
WH-385-V Certification for Serious Injury or Illness of a Veteran
Cellular Phone and Personal Electronic Devices Policy
Computer Systems Policy
Drug and Alcohol Use Policy Statement
Email Policy
Employee Acknowledgement
Independent Contractor Agreement
Internet Acceptable Use Policy
Internship Agreement
Natural Disaster Policy
Open Door Policy
Relationships in the Workplace Policy
Smoking Policy
Social Media and Blog Policy
Social Media Passwords Policy
Software Code of Ethics Policy
Telephone Usage Policy
Employer Response to Request for Termination Reasons
Employer Response to Request to Review Personnel File
Exit Interview Form
Separation Agreement and Release For Employees Over Age 40
Separation Agreement and Release for Employees Under Age 40
Separation Checklist
Termination of Employment Policy
WARN Notices
Written Reasons for Termination
Telecommuting Policy
Educational Reference
Employment Interview Analysis
Employment Interview Form
FCRA Authorization and Disclosure
Interview Evaluation
Interviewing Form
Reference Inquiry
Reference Release Form
Topics for Applicant Questions
Your Rights Under the Fair Credit Reporting Act
Performance Appraisal Policy
Performance Evaluation (Results)
Performance Evaluation (Results-Behavior)
Performance Plan Memorandum
Communicable Diseases Policy
Shutdown Policy
Stay Home From Work Poster
Wash Your Hands 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 I-9 (2020)
Form I-9 Instructions (2020)
Form W-4 (2020)
Sample Notice of Special Enrollment Rights
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


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