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North Carolina Pro

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

Duties and responsibilities
Employers general duty
Recordkeeping requirements
Significant standards
Citations and civil penalties
Settling citations
Criminal penalties
Developing a comprehensive health and safety program
Whistleblower protections
Emergency response and preparedness
Appendix G Emergency action plan checklist
Appendix C Partially exempt industries from recordkeeping requirements
Appendix D Safety checklist
Appendix E State plan review commissionsboards
Appendix H Safety strategies
Appendix A Required postings
Appendix J National regional local and special emphasis inspection programs
Appendix I Model Written LockoutTagout Program
Appendix L Handling violence in the workplace
Appendix B Forms for recording workrelated injuries and illnesses
Appendix F State plan notice of contest timeline
About Fisher Phillips LLP
Procedural and affirmative defenses
Appendix K OSHA Injury and Illness Recordability Worksheet
Snapshot An HR audit
Appendix N Fact Sheet General industry walkingworking surfaces and fall protection standards
Appendix M Safety for temporary employees
About the Author
Overtime compensation nonexempt employees
Additional exemptions
What counts as wages nonexempt employees
Determining work time nonexempt employees
Deductions from pay
Remote workers and telecommuting
Equal pay
Appendix A State agencies
Appendix B Wage and hour district offices
Covered employers
Leased or temporary employees
Whitecollar exemptions
Minimum wage requirements nonexempt employees
Employment of minors
Payment of wages
About the authors
Where to go for more information
Posting requirements
Workers not covered by federal law
Squire Patton Boggs
About the North Carolina Chamber
Pandemic outbreaks
Other types of leave
Background checks
Temporary and leased employees
Health insurance reform
Military leave
Plant closings and mass layoffs
Health insurance continuation coverage
Politics in the workplace
Celebrations in the workplace
Disaster planning
Compliance thresholds
Recruiting hiring and employee selection
Independent contractors
Noncompete agreements trade secrets and protecting company information
Employee handbooks
Wages and hours
Child labor
Equal employment opportunities
Disabilities and genetic information
Workplace harassment
Family and medical leave
Privacy rights
Workers compensation
Federal contractors affirmative action and diversity
Drug testing
Unemployment compensation
Technology in HR
Safety and health
Workplace violence
Appendix A Recordkeeping requirements
Appendix B Posting requirements
Features of the HR Library
Performance evaluations
Tips for documentation
About Smith Anderson
Preemployment testing
Policy manuals and employee handbooks
Personnel files
Noncompete agreements and trade secrets
Affirmative action
Employment litigation
Union organizing activity
Social media
Appendix A Federal recordkeeping requirements
The employment relationship
Preemployment issues
New hire reporting
Editors Foreward
Employment contracts
About FordHarrison LLP
About the Editors
Tips to complete the Form I
Antidiscrimination provisions
Appendix A Sample memorandum
Immigration and employment
Immigration visas
Expired documents and the I form
Nomatch letter and wage reporting compliance
Additional verification services
IMAGE program
Responding to visits and calls regarding immigration
EVerify regulations for federal contractors and subcontractors
Helpful steps to comply with EVerify requirements
Criminal enforcement and I audits
Form I
Electronic completion and storage of Form I
Conducting internal audits
About the Cavanagh Law Firm PA
Other fringe benefits
Regulation of group health plans
Disability plans
Severance plans
Cafeteria plans
Retirement plans
Additional k qualification requirements
Nonqualified deferred compensation plans
Employee communications
Fiduciary duties
Employee benefits law
Health benefits plans
Life Insurance
Recent developments
About Ogletree Deakins
Introduction to the Family and Medical Leave Act
Notice and documentation Employee obligations and employer challenges
Employers covered
Introduction to the Americans with Disabilities Act
Employer coverage and employee eligibility
Reasons for leave
Military leave
Length of leave
Certifications necessary for leave
Employer notice and documentation requirements
Amendments and proposals
The Americans with Disabilities Act Amendments Act
Employee rights
Enforcement of the Family and Medical Leave Act
Disability in detail
Reasonable accommodations
How the Americans with Disabilities Act impacts your business
Enforcement of the Americans with Disabilities Act
Appendix A Leave and other state laws
Key definitions
Serious health conditions
About the author
The Pregnancy Discrimination Act
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
Model Written Lockout-Tag Out Program
OSHA Form 300A - Summary of Work-Related Injuries and Illnesses
OSHA Form 300 - Forms for Recording Work-Related Injuries and Illnesses
Telecommuting agreement
Telecommuting checklist
Telecommuting policy
Communicable Diseases Policy
Shutdown Policy
Stay Home From Work Poster
Wash Your Hands Poster
Absence Tracking Form
Bereavement Leave Policy
FFCRA Leave Policy
FFCRA Poster
FFCRA Request for Leave of Absence (FMLA)
FFCRA Request for Leave of Absence (Non-FMLA)
Holiday Policy
Inclement Weather Policy - Option 1
Inclement Weather Policy - Option 2
Inclement Weather Policy - Option 3
Inclement Weather Policy - Option 4
Jury Duty
Paid Time Off Policy - Option 1
Paid Time Off Policy - Option 2
Parental Leave for Child Bonding Policy
Parental Leave Policy
Personal Leave Policy
Sick Leave Policy
Time Off Leave Request
Vacation Policy
A Summary of Your Rights Under the FCRA
Fair Credit Reporting Act Consent
Fair Credit Reporting Act Notice
Fair Credit Reporting Act Step-by-Step Guide
Fair Credit Reporting Act Warning Memo to Employees.docx
Reference Inquiry
Reference Release Form
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
Documentation of Counseling
Last Chance Letter - Conduct
Last Chance Letter - Performance
Memorandum of Counseling
Performance Plan Memorandum
Standards of Conduct Policy
Model COBRA Continuation Coverage Election Notice
Model COBRA Continuation Coverage General Notice
Parties in the workplace
Background Check Data Form
Candidate Tracking Log
Criminal History Matrix
Criminal Records Guidelines
EEO-1 Report Instruction Booklet
Emergency Contact Form
Employer Information Report EEO-1
Employment Application
Equal Employment Opportunity Instruction Booklet
Form I-9 (2020)
Form I-9 Instructions (2020)
Form W-4 (2020)
I-9 Form Compliance Responsibilities and Acknowledgment Memorandum
Interview Notes-Evaluation
Introductory Period Policy
Job Description
Job Seeker EEO Survey (not for Federal Contractors)
NC-4 Employee's Withholding Allowance Certificate
NC-4P Pension Withholding Allowance Certificate
New Hire Reporting Form
Offer Letter
Orientation-New Hire Checklist
Personnel Action Form
Reference Check Checklist
Rejection Letter
VETS-4212 Report
Model Bring Your Own Device (BYOD) Policy
Access to Personnel Records Policy
Attendance Policy
Business Ethics Policy
Common Employee Handbook Provisions-Sample Table of Contents
Company Resources Policy (Option 1)
Company Resources Policy (Option 2)
Conduct-Disciplinary Policy
Conduct-Disciplinary Policy (for Supervisors and Managers not Protected by the NLRA)
Conduct-Disciplinary Policy (Supervisors and Managers Information)
Dress-Personal Appearance Policy
Drug and Alcohol Policy
Employee Handbook Acknowledgment
Employment Handbook Acknowledgment (for Online Handbooks)
Employment of Relatives Policy
Employment References Policy
Employment Status Policy
Filling Vacancies Policy (Supervisors, Managers Information)
Filling Vacancies-Promotions-Transfers Policy
Grievance Process
Handbook Introduction-Disclaimer
Labor Relations Policy
Mobile Texting, Cellphone and Email Policy
Outside Employment Policy
Smoking, Tobacco Use and Vaping Policy
Social Media Policy
Social Media Policy for Supervisors and Other Managers not Covered by the National Labor Relations Act
Solicitation Policy
Welcome Letter
Workplace Dating (Fraternization) Policy (Option 1)
Workplace Dating (Fraternization) Policy (Option 2)
Workplace Dating (Fraternization) Policy (Option 3)
Breaks and Meal Periods Policy
Expense Reimbursement Policy
Methods of Computing North Carolina Income Tax Withholding Worksheet
Overtime Policy
Pay Practices Advances Policy
Payroll Deduction Authorization
Payroll Deduction Policy
Timekeeping Policy
Travel Time Policy
Withholding Certificate for Pension or Annuity Payments
Work Schedule Policy
EEO Policy - Federal Contractors
EEO Policy - Not Federal Contractors
EEO Policy - Supervisors and Managers
Employee Request for Accommodation for Disability
Request for Reasonable Religious Accommodation
Model Workplace Harassment Policy
Model Workplace Harassment Policy (Supervisor's and Manager's Information)
Model Benefits Disclaimer
Family and Medical Leave Act Policy
Family and Medical Leave Act Policy Checklist
Family Leave Benefit Policy
FMLA Policy (Supervisor and Manager Information)
Request Form for FMLA Leave.docx
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
Form 18 - Notice of Accident to Employee and Claim of Employee, Representative or Department (G.S. §§97-22 through 24)
Form 19 - Employer's Report of Employee's Injury or Occupational Disease to the Industrial Commission
EEO and Veteran Status Survey Form
Model Affirmative Action Program Provisions
Model Pay Transparency Nondiscrimination Policy (Legally Required for Covered Federal Contractors and Subcontractors)
Voluntary Self-Identification of Disability Form
Model Drug and Alcohol Consent and Release Form
Model Drug and Alcohol Testing Policy (Employment Handbook Provision)
Model Drug and Alcohol Testing Policy (Supervisor and Manager Information)
North Carolina Controlled Substances Act - Initial Notice to Employees-Applicants
North Carolina Controlled Substances Act - Post-Test Notice to Employees-Applicants
North Carolina Controlled Substances Act - Waiver by Applicant of Confirmation Test
Form I-9 (2020)
Form I-9 Instructions (2020)
Model Exit Interview
Model Separation Checklist
Model Termination Policy
Sample Form NCUI 500AB Request for Separation Information from Employer
OSHA Forms 300 300A 301
Safety Policy
Model Security Policy
Model Weapons Policy
Model Workplace Violence Policy
Model Memorandum of Counseling
Model Performance Appraisal Policy
Model Performance Evaluation (Results)
Model Performance Evaluation (Results - Behavior 1)
Model Performance Evaluation (Results - Behavior 2)
Model Performance Evaluation (Results-Focused)
Model Performance Evaluation (Trait)
Model Performance Evaluation (Trait-Focused)
Company Use Job Description
Sample Job Questionairre
I-9 Form (2020)
I-9 Form Instructions (2020)
No-Match Checklist
I-9 Form (2020)
I-9 Form Instructions (2020)
Immigration Compliance and Acknowledgment Form
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
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
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


North Carolina Chamber employment law

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The North Carolina Chamber is a nonpartisan business advocacy organization that works in the legislative, regulatory and political arenas to proactively drive positive change to ensure that North Carolina is a leading place in the world to do business.

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