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

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The Nebraska 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
  • 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
  • Confidently writing a harassment policy

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 handling applications, employee performance documentation, ADA concerns like reasonable accommodation, separation of medical paperwork, termination, and much more.

Wages and Hours— An Employer's Guide provides 20 chapters and 2 appendices, covering topics such as defining "hours worked", computation of overtime compensation, exemptions from overtime, and much more.

An Employer's Guide to FMLA and ADA walks you through the many complicated procedures associated with keeping your business in compliance with the Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA) and the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA). The guide will help you answer questions such as: who is eligible for medical leave, what constitutes a disability, am I properly displaying FMLA posters, and more. 

Employment Verification: Immigration, Form I-9, and E-Verify walks you through the many complicated procedures associated with verifying the work authorization of your workers and maintaining a business that is in compliance with the Immigration Reform and Control Act of 1986 (IRCA).

Workplace Safety and Health Compliance Manual covers citations and civil penalties, affirmative defenses, development of a comprehensive health and safety program, and much more.

Employee Benefits--An Employer's Guide provides guidance on topics such as: The Health Care Reform Act, severance, benefit plans, and much more.

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 Nebraska 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.

Nebraska Pro was created in collaboration with Knudsen, Berkheimer, Richardson & Endacott, LLP, and authored by Carly Bahramzad, Jeanelle R. Lust.


These documents are low-cost essentials for almost every business in Nebraska. Members of our chamber value the HR manuals since federal and state employment laws are ever-changing.

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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. 

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Knudsen, Berkheimer, Richardson & Endacott, L.L.P., is a legal services firm with extensive experience in employment-related matters. Its employment practice ranges from day-to-day problem solving for its clients to major litigation. The firm addresses a broad range of employment-related issues that clients are likely to encounter, including employment discrimination, employee injury and disability, wage and hour compliance, handbook policies and procedures, non-solicitation agreements, and many more. The firm complements this employment expertise with experience in the more

Nebraska Chamber of Commerce and Industry

This resource will assist you in operating your business more efficiently by avoiding the hidden pitfalls in Human Resources law.

We consider this a “must-have” manual. It covers more than thirty primary topics directly related to the employment process – from job descriptions to job termination and beyond. Moreover, it contains practical advice on what should be done, how to do it, and why it is important.

This updated and revised edition of the Nebraska 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 your life easier. The examples, FAQs and step-by-step instructions will ensure your business is on solid ground.

This manual is part of a series of resources prepared exclusively for Nebraska employers. It is made available by the State Chamber in a continuing effort to provide reliable and practical information for our members... learn more

Topics covered

Nebraska Human Resources Manual

About the Nebraska Chamber of Commerce

About the firm

About the authors


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: Temporary and leased employees

Chapter 07: Independent contractors

Chapter 08: Noncompete agreements and trade secrets

Chapter 09: Policies and procedures

Chapter 10: Wages and hours

Chapter 11: Child labor

Chapter 12: Discrimination

Chapter 13: Disabilities and reasonable accommodations

Chapter 14: Workplace harassment

Chapter 15: Benefits

Chapter 16: Health insurance reform

Chapter 17: Family and medical leave

Chapter 18: Military leave

Chapter 19: Performance evaluations

Chapter 20: Personnel files

Chapter 21: Workplace investigations

Chapter 22: Discipline

Chapter 23: Termination

Chapter 24: Plant closings and mass layoffs

Chapter 25: Health insurance continuation coverage

Chapter 26: Unemployment insurance

Chapter 27: Privacy rights

Chapter 28: Health insurance portability and privacy

Chapter 29: Internet use

Chapter 30: Safety and health

Chapter 31: Workplace violence

Chapter 32: Workers' compensation

Chapter 33: Politics in the workplace

Chapter 34: Celebrating in the workplace

Chapter 35: Federal contractors and affirmative action

Chapter 36: Public employers

Chapter 37: Telecommuting

Chapter 38: Employment practices liability insurance

Chapter 39: Families First Coronavirus Response Act

Chapter 40: Pandemic outbreaks

Appendix A: Recordkeeping requirements

Appendix B: Posting requirements

Workplace Safety and Health Compliance Manual

About Fisher Phillips LLP

About the Author

Chapter 01: Snapshot - An HR audit

Chapter 02: Introduction

Chapter 03: Duties and responsibilities

Chapter 04: Employer's general duty

Chapter 05: Recordkeeping requirements

Chapter 06: Significant standards

Chapter 07: Inspections

Chapter 08: Citations and civil penalties

Chapter 09: Settling citations

Chapter 10: Procedural and affirmative defenses

Chapter 11: Criminal penalties

Chapter 12: Developing a comprehensive health and safety program

Chapter 13: Whistleblower protections

Chapter 14: Emergency response and preparedness

Appendix A: Required postings

Appendix B: Forms for recording work-related injuries and illnesses

Appendix C: Partially exempt industries from recordkeeping requirements

Appendix D: Safety checklist

Appendix E: State plan review commissions/boards

Appendix F: State plan notice of contest timeline

Appendix G: Emergency action plan checklist

Appendix H: Safety strategies

Appendix I: Model Written Lockout/Tagout Program

Appendix J: National, regional, local and special emphasis inspection programs

Appendix K: OSHA Injury and Illness Recordability Worksheet

Appendix L: Handling violence in the workplace

Appendix M: Safety for temporary employees

Appendix N: Fact Sheet: General industry walking-working surfaces and fall protection standards

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

Employment Verification: Immigration, Form I-9 and E-Verify

About the Cavanagh Law Firm PA

About the Editors

Chapter 01: Snapshot - An HR audit

Chapter 02: Immigration and employment

Chapter 03: Immigration visas

Chapter 04: Form I-9

Chapter 05: Tips to complete the Form I-9

Chapter 06: Conducting internal audits

Chapter 07: Expired documents and the I-9 form

Chapter 08: Anti-discrimination provisions

Chapter 09: Electronic completion and storage of Form I-9

Chapter 10: No-match letter and wage reporting compliance

Chapter 11: Additional verification services

Chapter 12: Investigations

Chapter 13: IMAGE program

Chapter 14: Responding to visits and calls regarding immigration

Chapter 15: E-Verify

Chapter 16: E-Verify regulations for federal contractors and subcontractors

Chapter 17: Helpful steps to comply with E-Verify requirements

Chapter 18: Criminal enforcement and I-9 audits

Appendix A: Sample memorandum

Employee Benefits – An Employer's Guide

About Ogletree Deakins

About the authors


Chapter 01: Employee benefits law

Chapter 02: Life Insurance

Chapter 03: Health benefits plans

Chapter 04: Regulation of group health plans

Chapter 05: Health insurance reform

Chapter 06: Disability plans

Chapter 07: Severance plans

Chapter 08: Cafeteria plans

Chapter 09: Retirement plans

Chapter 10: Additional 401(k) qualification requirements

Chapter 11: Nonqualified deferred compensation plans

Chapter 12: Employee communications

Chapter 13: Fiduciary duties

Chapter 14: Other fringe benefits

Chapter 15: Recent developments

An Employer’s Guide to FMLA and ADA

About FordHarrison LLP

About the author


Snapshot - An HR audit

Chapter 01: Introduction to the Family and Medical Leave Act

Chapter 02: Key definitions

Chapter 03: Employer coverage and employee eligibility

Chapter 04: Reasons for leave

Chapter 05: Serious health conditions

Chapter 06: Military leave

Chapter 07: Length of leave

Chapter 08: Notice and documentation - Employee obligations and employer challenges

Chapter 09: Certifications necessary for leave

Chapter 10: Employer notice and documentation requirements

Chapter 11: Employee rights

Chapter 12: Enforcement of the Family and Medical Leave Act

Chapter 13: Amendments and proposals

Chapter 14: Introduction to the Americans with Disabilities Act

Chapter 15: The Americans with Disabilities Act Amendments Act

Chapter 16: Employers covered

Chapter 17: "Disability" in detail

Chapter 18: Reasonable accommodations

Chapter 19: The Pregnancy Discrimination Act

Chapter 20: How the Americans with Disabilities Act impacts your business

Chapter 21: Enforcement of the Americans with Disabilities Act

Appendix A: Leave and other state laws

Forms and Policies

Sample: Occupational injury and illness reporting policy

Model: Written hazard communication program

Sample: Vaccination acknowledgment

Sample Inspection Checklist

Company Commitment to Safety

Hazard Assessment Form

Model Safety and Health policy

Sample Emergency Action Plan

OSHA Poster - Job Safety, It's the Law

OSHA Form 300A - Summary of Work-Related Injuries and Illnesses

OSHA Form 300 - Forms for Recording Work-Related Injuries and Illnesses

Model Written Lockout-Tag Out Program


03 - Application for Employment - Option 2

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)

Employee Emergency Contact Form

Employment Interview Form (Option 1)

Employment Interview Form (Option 2)

Interview Checklist

Invitation to Self-Identify

Job Description Form

Payroll Direct Deposit Form

Supplemental Form - Driving History

Voluntary Self-Identification of Disability

Adverse Employment Action Letter (Option 1)

Adverse Employment Action Letter (Option 2)

Background Research Release

Consumer Report Disclosure and Authorization Form

Educational Reference

Employee's Former Employer Contact Release

Employment Reference

FCRA Disclosure (For Checks Involving Personal Interviews)

FCRA Disclosure (For Checks Not Involving Personal Interviews)

Model FCRA Pre-Use Letter

Reference Inquiry

Reference Release Form

Summary of Your Rights Under the FCRA

Form I-9 Instructions (2020)

Form I-9-paper-version (2020)

Employment Confidentiality Agreement

Acknowledgment of Receipt of Handbook Policy

AIDS Policy

Anti-Bullying Policy

Anti-Harassment Policy

Appropriate Use of Technology Policy

Attendance Policy (Option 1)

Attendance Policy (Option 2)

Bereavement Leave Policy

Birthdays Policy

Breakroom Policy

Compensation Review Policy

Complaint Policy

Complaint Procedure Policy (Option 1)

Complaint Procedure Policy (Option 2)

Confidential Information Policy

Confidentiality Policy (Option 1)

Confidentiality Policy (Option 2)

Conflicts of Interests Policy

Continuing Education Policy

Dress Code Policy

Drug-Free Workplace (Government Contractors)

Electronic Device-Driving Policy

Email Policy

Employee Acknowledgment and Consent (Technology Use)

Employee Suggestions Policy

Employment of Relatives Policy

Employment Status Policy

Equal Employment Opportunity Policy

Examination of Records Policy

Family and Medical Leave Policy

Family and Medical Leave Policy (for Employers not Covered by the FMLA)

General Rules and Regulations Policy

Holiday Policy

Hours of Work Policy (Option 1)

Hours of Work Policy (Option 2)

Information Security Policy

Injury Prevention Program

Inspection of Property Policy

Internships Policy

Introduction to Handbook Policy

Jury Duty Policy

Layoff Policy

Long-term Disability Plan Policy

Love Contract Policy

Message and Document Creation and Retention Policy

Military Leave Policy

Monitoring Policy (Non-Routine Monitoring)

Monitoring Policy (Routine Monitoring)

Natural Disaster Policy

Nebraska Adoptive Parent Leave Policy

Non-Fraternization Policy

Nursing Mothers' Policy

Orientation Policy

Overtime Policy

Ownership of Information, Data, and Software Policy

Paid Time Off (PTO) Policy

Payroll Advances Policy

Performance Review Policy

Personal Conduct Policy

Personal Days Policy

Personal Leaves of Absence Policy

Personal Use of Company Property Policy

Personal Use of Technology Policy

Political Speech Policy

Promotions and Transfers Policy

Reference Request Policy

Relationship Notice Policy

Remote Access Policy

Retirement and 401(k) Policy

Safety and Health Hazard Reporting Procedures (Option 1)

Safety and Health Hazard Reporting Procedures (Option 2)

Safety and Health Policy (Option 1)

Safety and Health Policy (Option 2)

Safety and Health Policy (Option 3)

Short-term Disability Plan Policy

Sick Days Policy

Smoking Policy

Social Networking Policy

Solicitation-Distribution Policy

Substance Abuse Policy

Telephone Usage Policy

Termination Policy

Timekeeping Requirements Policy

Union-Free Policy

Vacation Policy

Voicemail Policy

Voting Leave Policy

Weapons Policy

Weather-Business Closing Policy

Workers' Compensation Insurance Policy

Workplace Violence Policy

Workplace Violence Prevention Policy

Reasonable Accommodation Request Form (Option 1)

Reasonable Accommodation Request Form (Option 2)

Reasonable Accommodation Request Form (Option 3)

Reasonable Accommodation Request Form (Option 4)

Response to Request for Accommodation

Beneficiary Designation Form

Designation of Beneficiary

Physician's Release to Return to Work

Physician's Statement Regarding Leave

Request for Leave of Absence (Non-FMLA)

Request Form for FMLA Leave

Request Form for Non-FMLA Leave

Request for Military Leave

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 and Illness of a Veteran for Military Caregiver Leave

Managers Performance Appraisal

Performance Appraisal

Performance Appraisal Summary

Performance Evaluation

Self-Peer Performance Evaluation Form

Discipline Documentation Form

Sample First-Step Warning

Sample Second-Step Warning

Sample Third-Step Warning

COBRA Termination Report

Employee Exit Interview Form

Employee's Application for Continuation of Coverage Under COBRA

Employee Separation Clearance Checklist

Exit Checklist

Exit Interview Form

Separation Summary Form

Sample Notice Letter for Death of a Covered Employee

Sample Notice Letter for Terminated Employees

Certificate of Group Health Plan Coverage

Statement of HIPAA Portability Rights

Sample Employee Security Survey

Sample Incident Report Form

Workplace Violence Prevention Program Form

First Report Form

Personal Use of Technology Policy

Political Speech Policy

Solicitation/Distribution 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

Company Use Job Description

Sample Job Questionairre

I-9 Form (2020)

I-9 Form Instructions (2020)

Immigration Compliance and Acknowledgment Form

I-9 Form (2020)

I-9 Form Instructions (2020)

No-Match Checklist

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-384 Certification of Qualifying Exigency

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

The Family and Medical Leave Act Poster (English)

The Family and Medical Leave Act Poster (Spanish)

WH-381 Notice of Eligibility & Rights and Responsibilities

WH-382 Designation Notice