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In-depth HR guides to Missouri 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 Missouri employers and made available by the Missouri Chamber of Commerce and Industry in a continuing effort to provide reliable and practical information for our members and the Missouri 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 Missouri 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 Missouri 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.

Missouri Plus was created in collaboration with Fisher & Phillips LLP, Polsinelli, and authored by Greg Ballew, Michelle Anderson.


It minimizes the time I spend researching issues in a number of other resources for both my internal and external clients. I have trust and confidence in the information shared.

Karen Shannon, Human Resources Consulting Director, Ollis & Co. Business Consulting Division, Missouri

HRsimple describes this site exactly. It is easy to navigate, straight forward information, and has reliable and diverse information. In my busy job, it is essential that I am able to access information that is trustworthy, specific to my state in a quick and simple fashion.

Kelley Miller, Director of Human Resources, St. Louis Arc, Missouri

These manuals are the best professional HR books that I have ever bought. If you want concise and accurate information, here it is!

Paul Kahn, Cardinal Scale Manufacturing, Webb City, Missouri

I love HRsimple because the humor used brightens my day yet offers valuable information on HR.

Mary Kathryn Schomaker, Finance Director, Guardian Angel Settlement Association, Missouri

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.

This makes it easy for a small company to take care of business without hiring extra people.

Jerry Smith, President, Powell Supply Inc., Missouri

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

I really appreciate the content of the ACCR’s HR Update. In the email format, it has been great! It comes automatically and it is short and concise. If there is a topic we are interested in, it is expandable to the full article. The topics are always up to the minute and applicable. With all the P/R applicable items to deal with this last year, the articles with links have been a real time-saver. These are issues that usually take so much time to research and gather the right forms. Your articles, with links to forms or rules or sample notices have been great. They are usually posted just as it is time to start looking at those items! I have gotten to a point, where I look for each posting and read it carefully. I know is it usually going to contain a topic I will need soon.

Marian Wallis, Accounting, Unitherm Furnace Corp. Missouri Heat Treat, A Div., Wentzville, Missouri

About the law firm

Fisher & Phillips LLP

Established in 1948, FISHER & PHILLIPS LLP is one of the country’s oldest and largest firms devoted exclusively to representing employers in labor, employment, wage-hour, workplace safety and health, employee benefits, and business immigration law. Our depth and breadth of experience in these niche areas are unsurpassed.

Our practice includes counseling and defending employers under all major federal and state labor, employment, employee benefits, workplace safety and health, and business immigration laws and regulations including,...read more ,


Polsinelli is proud to work with the American Chamber of Commerce Resources to produce the Kansas Human Resources Manual: A Guide to Kansas and Federal Employment Laws and Regulations, Model Policies and Forms for Illinois Employers and the Missouri HR Library. Our firm’s national reach includes two Kansas offices – one in Overland Park and one in Topeka – that have grown to support our many Kansas clients. Our presence in the region is further strengthened by...read more

Missouri Chamber of Commerce and Industry

The Missouri Chamber of Commerce and Industry understands that the quality of life in our state depends on quality jobs for Missourians. To that end, we have one simple mission: to protect and advance Missouri business.

Whether you are part of a small business, large corporation, or manage a local chamber of commerce or association, the Missouri Chamber of Commerce and Industry provides you with a voice of experience and influence. Our staff of policy experts, lobbyists, and legal advisors make up the state’s largest and most influential business association representing more than 3,000 employers who provide more than 425,000 jobs for Missourians.

All Missouri Chamber members have access to these valuable benefits:

  • Effective representation before the Missouri General Assembly, government agencies, and the courts to reduce taxes, limit regulation, support infrastructure improvements, protect the education system, and foster positive economic development opportunities for Missouri employers.
  • Valuable... learn more

Topics covered

Missouri Human Resources Manual

Missouri Chamber of Commerce and Industry

Introduction: Features of the HR Library

Chapter 01: Snapshot – an HR audit

About Polsinelli

Chapter 02: Compliance thresholds

Author's Foreward

Chapter 03: Recruiting and hiring

Chapter 04: Immigration

Chapter 05: Federal contractors and affirmative action

Chapter 06: Policies and procedures manuals

Chapter 07: Independent contractors

Chapter 08: Wages and hours

Chapter 09: Prevailing wage

Chapter 10: Performance evaluations

Chapter 11: Child labor

Chapter 12: Workplace investigations

Chapter 13: Discrimination

Chapter 14: Whistleblower protections

Chapter 15: Disabilities and reasonable accommodation

Chapter 16: Family and medical leave

Chapter 17: Military leave

Chapter 18: Employee discipline

Chapter 19: Termination

Chapter 20: Relationships in the workplace

Chapter 21: Reductions in force

Chapter 22: Plant closings and mass layoffs

Chapter 23: Restrictive covenants and trade secrets

Chapter 24: Privacy rights

Chapter 25: Social networking

Chapter 26: Protecting electronic information

Chapter 27: Politics in the workplace

Chapter 28: Safety and health

Chapter 29: Workplace violence

Chapter 30: Benefits

Chapter 31: Healthcare reform

Chapter 32: Worker's compensation

Chapter 33: Unemployment insurance

Chapter 34: Health insurance continuation coverage

Chapter 35: Health insurance portability and privacy

Chapter 36: Public employers

Chapter 37: Labor relations for the non-union employer

Chapter 38: Disaster planning

Chapter 39: Telecommuting

Chapter 40: Families First Coronavirus Response Act

Chapter 41: Pandemic outbreaks

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)

Background Research Release (Option 1)

Background Research Release (Option 2)

Background Verification Disclosure

Certification to Consumer Reporting Agency

Driving History

Educational Reference

Employment Interview Analysis

Employment Reference

Equal Employment Opportunity Policy

Fair Credit Reporting Act Notice

Fair Credit Reporting Act Step-by-Step Guide

Form W-4 (2020)

Interview Checklist

Interviewer Evaluation

Interviewing Form

Introduction to Handbook

Invitation to Self Identify

Job Description Form

Notice of Adverse Employment Action

Notice Regarding Criminal Background Checks

Pre-Adverse Action Notice

Reference Inquiry

Reference Policy

Reference Release Form

Release for Criminal Background Check

Response to Request for Information Regarding Consumer Report

Summary of Your Rights Under the Fair Credit Reporting Act

Voluntary Self Identification of a Disability

Warning Memo to Employees Handling Information

I-9 Form (2020)

I-9 Form Instructions (2020)

Attendance Policy (Option 1)

Attendance Policy (Option 2)

Business Ethics Policy (Option 1)

Confidentiality Policy

Conflict of Interest Policy

Dress Code Policy

Drug Free Workplace Policy

Email Policy

Employee Suggestion Program Entry Form (Bright Idea Program)

Employee Suggestions Policy

Employment Status Policy

Family and Medical Leave Act Policy

Fraternization Policy

General Harassment Policy

General Rules and Regulations Policy

Handbook Acknowledgment

Holiday Policy

Inspection Policy

Jury Duty Policy

Military Leave Policy

Orientation period policy

Paid Time Off Policy

Personal Conduct Policy

Personal Days Policy

Reference Policy

Sexual Harassment Policy

Sick Days Policy

Smoke-Free Workplace Policy

Solicitation Distribution Policy

Telephone Usage Policy

Union-free Policy (Option 1)

Union-Free Policy (Option 2)

Vacation Pay Policy

Hours of Work Policy (Option 1)

Hours of Work Policy (Option 2)

Nursing Mother Policy

Payroll Advance Policy

Payroll Direct Deposit Form

Timekeeping Policy

Compliance Checklist - Contractors

Compliance Checklist - Public Bodies

Compensation Review Policy

Exempt Performance Appraisal

Performance Appraisal Summary

Performance Evaluation

Performance Review Policy

Promotion and Transfer Policy

Salary Change Recommendation Form

Self/ Peer Evaluation Form

Complaint Policy (Option 1)

Complaint Policy (Option 2)

Bereavement Leave Policy

Non-FMLA Leave Policy

Personal Leave Policy

Request for Non-FMLA Leave of Absence

WH-380-E Certification of Healthcare Provider for Employee's Serious Health Condition

WH-380-F Certification of Healthcare Provider for Family Members' Serious Health Condition

WH-381 Notice of Eligibility and Rights & Responsibilities

WH-382 Designation Notice

WH-384 - Certification of Qualifying Exigency for Military Family Leave

WH-385 - Certification for Serious Injury or Illness of Current Servicemember

WH-385-V - Certification for Serious Injury or Illness of a Veteran for Military Caregiver Leave

Discipline Documentation Form

First-Step Warning

Second-Step Warning

Third-Step Warning

Employee Exit Checklist

Employee Exit Interview (Option 1)

Employee Exit Interview (Option 2)

Employee Separation Summary

Layoff and Recall Policy

Termination Policy

Appropriate Use Policy

Cellphone Policy

Employee Acknowledgment and Consent

Information Security Policy

Introduction/Policy Statement

Message and Document Creation and Retention Policy

Monitoring Provision (Routine Monitoring)

Monitoring Provisions (No Routine Monitoring)

Ownership of Information, Data and Software Policy

Personal Use Provision

Remote Access Policy

Voicemail Policy

Social Media Policy

Accident Reporting Policy

Record of Accident-Incident-Serious Harm Form

Safety and Health Policy (Option 1)

Safety and Health Policy (Option 2)

Safety and Health Policy (Option 3)

401(k) Policy

Continuing Education Policy

Designation of Beneficiary

Long-term Disability Plan Policy

Model COBRA Continuation Coverage Election Notice (2020)

Model COBRA Continuation Coverage General Notice (2020)

Short-Term Disability Plan Policy

Health Insurance Policy

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)

Communicable Diseases Policy

Shutdown Policy

Stay Home From Work Poster

Wash Your Hands Poster

Examination of Records Policy

Company Use Job Description

Sample Job Questionairre