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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 Maine Plus is available. For years, the Maine Chamber of Commerce HR Library has helped employers and HR personnel find answers quickly. The Maine 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 Maine 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
  • Maine Human Resources Manual
  • Model Policies and Forms for Maine Employers
  • Wages and Hours – An Employer’s Guide
  • Plus a 1-year online subscription

    Maine Plus was created in collaboration with Bernstein Shur,Littler , and authored by John F. Lambert, Jr., Jonathan Shapiro, Shiloh Theberge


    We take great pride in being able to offer quality products and services to our members. The Maine Human Resources Manual is an outstanding product, and it will go a long way in helping Maine businesses operate more efficiently and avoid costly mistakes.

    Dana F. Connors, President, Maine State Chamber of Commerce, Augusta, Maine

    I am a HUGE fan of HRsimple! It is so easy to navigate and find the answer to my questions in the matter of a couple of clicks. I wear multiple hats for my employer and being responsible for Human Resources, Safety and Accounting I prefer to spend my time answering questions, not looking for them.

    HRsimple makes my job easier; therefore, I love it, love it, love it!!!

    Lynn Durost, HR/Accounting Manage, Rubb, Inc, Sanford, Maine

    I love HRSimple because it keeps me up-to-date with changes in federal and state regulations and does it with a little humor. Not an easy task when you’re talking about regulations. Thank you for making me laugh.

    Linda Cannon, Human Resources Manager, PowerPay, Maine

    The weekly emails are fun and informative. Generally speaking, there’s a little nugget of information that I take away after reading the newsletter. The attached articles and videos are great when you need more in depth information on a certain topic. I look forward to seeing them every week! Keep up the great work!

    Ingrid Wilbur Kachmar, Executive Director, Harbor House Community Service Center, Maine

    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

    Bernstein Shur

    A different kind of law firm since 1915.

    Bernstein Shur Sawyer & Nelson is a New England-based law firm that advises clients from across the U.S. and around the world. Our 100+ award-winning attorneys and professionals practice in more than 20 critical areas and a variety of industries. Bernstein Shur was also recently named as one of the 2018 Best Places to Work in Maine.

    While we’re proud of our roots, accolades, and wide-ranging expertise, it’s not...read more ,


    The Littler Difference

    We realize that in-house counsel, HR professionals and corporate executives do not just manage legal work; they are expected to be business partners and contribute to the organization’s overall success. This means you need us to do more than just great legal work. You need us to be your strategic partners, as well as legal counselors who understand your industry and your business. Our lawyers need to help your organization make money, save money and...read more

    Maine Chamber of Commerce

    As The Voice of Maine Business, the Maine State Chamber of Commerce is pleased to present the Maine Human Resources 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 30 primary topics directly related to the employment process, from job descriptions through termination and beyond. Each includes practical advice on what should be done, solid advice on how to do it, and a complete explanation of why it is important.

    This Maine Human Resources Library was not written as a response to employee-related problems, but to help you avoid them. The guidelines and checklists will make that easier, and the examples and step-by-step instructions will give you the confidence to know that you are on... learn more

    Topics covered

    Maine Human Resources Manual

    About the Maine State Chamber of Commerce

    About the Firm

    About the Authors

    Introduction: 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: Personnel files

    Chapter 06: Policies and procedures manuals

    Chapter 07: Wages and hours

    Chapter 08: Independent contractors

    Chapter 09: Minors, interns and volunteers

    Chapter 10: Technology and the Internet

    Chapter 11: Social media

    Chapter 12: Discrimination

    Chapter 13: Disabilities and reasonable accommodation

    Chapter 14: Leaves of absence

    Chapter 15: Benefits

    Chapter 16: Healthcare reform

    Chapter 17: Safety and health

    Chapter 18: Workers' compensation

    Chapter 19: Performance evaluations

    Chapter 20: Discipline

    Chapter 21: Termination

    Chapter 22: Healthcare continuation, portability and privacy

    Appendix A: Recordkeeping requirements

    Appendix B: Posting requirements

    Model Policies and Forms for Maine Employers

    About the firm

    About the authors

    Features of the HR Library

    Chapter 01: Snapshot – An HR audit

    Chapter 02: Job descriptions and applications

    Chapter 03: Applicant screening

    Chapter 04: Time of hire

    Chapter 05: Time off and leaves of absence

    Chapter 06: Wages and hours

    Chapter 07: Performance reviews

    Chapter 08: Confidentiality and conflicts of interest

    Chapter 09: Additional policies

    Chapter 10: Telecommuting

    Chapter 11: Employee discipline

    Chapter 12: 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

    Sample Notice of Special Enrollment Rights

    At-Wil Employment Application

    Job Description Form

    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

    Employment At Will Policy

    Employment Status Policy

    Equal Employment Opportunity Policy

    Form I-9

    Global Workplace Policy

    Management Rights Policy

    Offer Letter

    Open Letter to All Employees

    Acknowledgement of Company Leave Policies

    Application for Family and Medical Leave of Absence

    Attendance and Punctuality Policy

    Conditions of Leave of Absence Notice

    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

    Break Time for Nursing Mothers

    Hours of Work Policy

    Overtime Policy

    Performance Appraisal Policy

    Performance Evaluation (Results)

    Performance Evaluation (Results-Behavior)

    Performance Plan Memorandum

    Confidentiality Acknowledgment Form

    Conflicts of Interest Policy

    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

    Telecommuting Policy

    Documentation of Counseling

    Employee Acknowledgement

    Last Chance Letter (Performance)

    Memorandum of Counseling

    Standards of Conduct-Disciplinary Policy.docx

    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