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Cozen O'Connor

Minnesota Human Resources Library

In-depth HR guides to Minnesota 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 Minnesota employers and made available in a continuing effort to provide reliable and practical information for our members and the Minnesota 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
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The Minnesota 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

Temporary and leased employees
Workplace harassment
Personnel files
Health insurance reform
Pandemic outbreaks
Families First Coronavirus Response Act
Health insurance continuation coverage
Compliance thresholds
Features of the HR Library
Snapshot An HR audit
Recruiting and hiring
Background checks
Independent contractors
Restrictive covenants and trade secrets
Policies and procedures manuals
Wages and hours
Child labor
Disabilities and reasonable accommodation
Family and medical leave
Military leave
Performance evaluations
Workplace investigations
Plant closings and mass layoffs
Health insurance portability and privacy
Safety and health
Workers compensation
Politics in the workplace
Federal contractors and affirmative action
Appendix A Recordkeeping requirements
Appendix B Posting Requirements
Unemployment insurance
Privacy and technology
Social media
Disaster planning
About the Authors
About the Firm
Telecommuting agreement
Telecommuting checklist
Telecommuting policy
Communicable Diseases Policy
Shutdown Policy
Stay Home From Work Poster
Wash Your Hands Poster
FFCRA Leave Policy
FFCRA Poster
FFCRA Request for Leave of Absence (FMLA)
FFCRA Request for Leave of Absence (Non-FMLA)
COBRA Continuation Coverage Election Form
Model COBRA Continuation Coverage Election Notice
Model COBRA Continuation Coverage General Notice
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)
Form W-4 (2020)
Interview Checklist
Interviewer Evaluation
Interviewing Form
Job Description Form
Offer Letter
A Summary of Your Rights under the Fair Credit Reporting Act (FCRA)
Employment Reference
Fair Credit Reporting Act - Certification of Compliance
Fair Credit Reporting Act - Employee Disclosure and Authorization
Fair Credit Reporting Act - Job Applicant Disclosure and Authorization
Fair Credit Reporting Act - Notice of Adverse Action
Fair Credit Reporting Act - Notice of Intent to Take Adverse Action
Reference Inquiry
Reference Release Form
Acknowledgment of Receipt of Handbook
Anti-Harassment Policy
Attendance and Punctuality Policy
Confidentiality Policy
Employee Classification Policy
Equal Employment Opportunity Policy
Family and Medical Leave Act Policy
Introduction to Handbook
Jury Duty Policy
Personal Conduct Policy
Vacation Pay Policy
Voting Leave Policy
Sample Salary Basis 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
Exempt Performance Appraisal
Performance Appraisal
Performance Appraisal Summary
Performance Improvement Plan
Discipline Documentation Form
Progressive Discipline Policy
Employee Exit Checklist
Employee Exit Interview (Option 1)
Employee Exit Interview (Option 2)
Separation Summary
Termination Policy
Certificate of Group Health Plan Coverage
Sample Notice of Special Enrollment Rights
Statement of HIPAA Portability Rights
Form I-9 (2020)
Form I-9 Instructions (2020)
Cozen O'Connor
A first generation firm established in 1970, Cozen O’Connor is a nationally recognized law firm with approximately 750 attorneys in 29 offices in the U.S., U.K., and Canada. Ranked among the top law firms in the United States, Cozen O’Connor has gained a national reputation for quality representation of clients in business and litigation matters. Our attorneys handle the most challenging matters for a diverse roster of clients that spans virtually every industry. In an industry built on talk, Cozen O’Connor has made its name by doing. With the resources of a large law firm and the vigor of a first-generation business, Cozen O’Connor has become a recognized leader in the legal industry, with an excellent reputation for trial advocacy and a flourishing litigation practice. With more attorneys in the American College of Trial Lawyers than any other similarly sized firm, we can boast litigators who are distinguished among their peers, both for their trial advocacy skills and for their aggressive and innovative representation of clients in areas such as labor & employment, securities & financial services litigation, aviation, construction law, subrogation, coverage, trade secrets, white collar & complex criminal defense, and products liability. Our wide range of experience means that clients turn to us to succeed in high-stakes business matters. We are proud to boast an international roster of business clients who rely upon our guidance in the most complex areas of business law. Though Cozen O’Connor has grown drastically over the last few decades, our full-service approach to the law will never change. We have the attorneys, the offices and the knowledge to offer our clients counseling, advice and trial advocacy across a broad range of practices. Mission and Core Values Built on a foundation of uncompromising effort, integrity and work product, Cozen O’Connor embraces a culture that is entrepreneurial in spirit, cohesive in operation, and familial at heart. We continually reinforce our reputation for excellent service through the effective representation of our clients, providing an enriching and rewarding work environment for our employees, and an unyielding commitment to our profession and our community. By embodying and inspiring our core values of integrity, excellence, teamwork, community service, and collegiality, we are certain to ensure Cozen O’Connor’s continued success and growth. To learn more about the firm, visit 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 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.

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