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Pennsylvania Prime

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 Pennsylvania Prime is available. For years, the Pennsylvania Chamber of Business and Industry HR Library has helped employers and HR personnel find answers quickly. The Pennsylvania Prime 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 Pennsylvania Prime 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 webinars worth credit towards SHRM-CP/SCP and HRCI certifications.

Includes 2 products for $248.00
  • Model Policies and Forms for Pennsylvania Employers
  • Pennsylvania Human Resources Manual
  • Plus a 1-year online subscription

    Pennsylvania Prime was created in collaboration with Cozen O'Connor,SkarlatosZonarich LLC , and authored by Jeffrey Pasek, Kathy Speaker MacNett, Esq.


    The Village Library has a small ‘small business collection’ that was started with grant money to address the needs of the business community in our service area. Your company provides essential information and forms to provide vital information needed by these patrons. Another added plus is that you update this information when necessary. I have also found that your publications are reasonably priced, so you are a good resource for human resource information. You are a pleasure to do business with and I enjoy your contest!

    Susan Shipe, Library Director, The Village Library of Morgantown, Morgantown, Pennsylvania

    I am the Human Resources Manager for our company of over 900 employees. It is myself and my HR Generalist in my department to manage 37 departments and a lot of employee issues. This newsletter has helped me stay on track. I feel like this newsletter is another HR employee in my department sharing vital information. It has become part of our career and I look forward to the suggestions and reminders that are sent. It also reassures me that in a company with this many employees we are doing things correctly.

    Tamara Benkoski, Human Resources Manager, Bear Creek Mountain Resort, Macungie, Pennsylvania

    Your books have come in handy as a quick reference guide when questions arise. It’s much quicker than locating our HR consultant. THANK YOU!

    Nancy R. Stasko, CAN DO, Inc., Hazleton, Pennsylvania

    As the Director of Human Resources in a very fast paced unionized environment, the HR updates and annual manuals are extremely useful. Like most HR practitioners, I am a member of SHRM. I like to cross-reference from time to time and the Pennsylvania Human Resources Manual helps me do this quickly. It helps me be more confident in my decision-making. I highly recommend the Pennsylvania Human Resources Manual.

    Chris Horn
, Lehigh Valley Coca-Cola Bottling Co., Bethlehem, Pennsylvania

    HR simple gives me up to date, useful information on key topics in a format that I can read quickly on a busy day. The links to more information ensures that if a topic is of immediate concern I can get a more detailed report. It is a nice service.

    Jim Cook, Executive Director, CRS, Pennsylvania

    For me, I’m a big fan of the weekly HR Update, though. Love the info and especially the tone of the author. I’m guessing the author is a woman and I wish she worked in our company. We’d get a lot accomplished and have fun in the process.

    Ben, Human Resources Manager, Certified Investigator, Bucks County Transport, Inc., Pennsylvania

    It’s so easy to read and very informative!

    Sue Canning, Office Manager, Chambersburg Dental Associates, Pennsylvania

    I do enjoy keeping up with some of the HR issues which will impact my company, and not being an HR professional who is in charge of that aspect of the company, I can use all the help I can.

    Scott Kleinberg, Controller, Service Supply Corp., Pennsylvania

    In the challenging and ever-changing human resources regulatory environment, our members need accurate, up-to-date information they can find quickly in an easy to use format. is a powerful online resource that provides the latest information, helping companies stay in compliance and avoid costly mistakes.

    Gene Barr, President and CEO, Pennsylvania Chamber of Business and Industry, Harrisburg, Pennsylvania

    It is so easy to go on and find what I am looking for! Its a great reference when I'm fairly certain of an answer, but I just need a quick confirmation!

    Brandi Doroba, Human Resources, Corle Building Systems, Pennsylvania

    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. 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

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    Topics covered

    Pennsylvania Human Resources Manual

    Editor's foreword

    About the Firm

    About the Editor

    About the Chamber


    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: Immigration

    Chapter 06: Employee handbooks

    Chapter 07: Non-compete agreements and trade secrets

    Chapter 08: Wages and hours

    Chapter 09: Child labor

    Chapter 10: Performance evaluations

    Chapter 11: Independent contractors

    Chapter 12: Federal contractors

    Chapter 13: Privacy and technology in the workplace

    Chapter 14: Social media

    Chapter 15: Politics in the workplace

    Chapter 16: Discrimination in employment

    Chapter 17: Workplace investigations

    Chapter 18: Disabilities and reasonable accommodation

    Chapter 19: Employee discipline

    Chapter 20: Termination

    Chapter 21: Plant closings and mass layoffs

    Chapter 22: Family and medical leave

    Chapter 23: Military leave

    Chapter 24: Safety in the workplace

    Chapter 25: Benefits

    Chapter 26: Workers' compensation

    Chapter 27: Unemployment insurance

    Chapter 28: Healthcare continuation

    Chapter 29: Health insurance portability and privacy

    Chapter 30: Disaster planning

    Appendix A: Recordkeeping requirements

    Appendix B: Posting requirements

    Model Policies and Forms for Pennsylvania Employers

    About the firm

    About the author



    Features of the HR Library

    Chapter 01: Introduction

    Chapter 02: Basic company policies

    Chapter 03: Job descriptions and applications

    Chapter 04: Applicant screening

    Chapter 05: Time of hire

    Chapter 06: Time off and leaves of absence

    Chapter 07: Benefits

    Chapter 08: Hours of work and overtime

    Chapter 09: Performance reviews, promotion and layoff

    Chapter 10: Confidentiality and conflicts of interest

    Chapter 11: Complaint or open door procedures

    Chapter 12: Other matters

    Chapter 13: Termination/resignation

    Chapter 14: Acknowledgment of receipt of handbook

    Appendix A: Recordkeeping requirements

    Appendix B: Posting requirements

    Forms and Policies

    Attendance Policy (Option 1)

    Attendance Policy (Option 2)

    Drug and Alcohol Policy (Option 1)

    Drug and Alcohol Policy (Option 2)

    Employee Classification Policy (Option 1)

    Employee Classification Policy (Option 2)

    Music in the Workplace Policy

    No-Fault Attendance Policy (Option 3)

    Non-Fraternization Policy

    No-Solicitation Policy (Option 1)

    No-Solicitation Policy (Option 2)

    Orientation Period Policy (Option 1)

    Orientation Period Policy (Option 2)

    Personal Conduct Policy

    Rules of Conduct Policy

    Safety and Health Policy (Option 1)

    Safety and Health Policy (Option 2)

    Safety and Health Policy (Option 3)

    Safety and Health Policy (Option 4)

    Union-Free Policy (Option 1)

    Union-Free Policy (Option 2)

    Workplace Violence Policy

    At-Will Employment Application (Option 1)

    At-Will Employment Application (Option 2)

    At-Will Employment Application (Option 3)

    At-Will Employment Application (Option 4)

    Federal Fair Credit Reporting Act Forms

    Invitation to Self-Identify

    Job Description (Option 1)

    Job Description (Option 2)

    Voluntary Self-Identification of Disability

    Applicant Flow Log for Federal Contractors

    Educational Reference

    Employment Interview Analysis

    Employment Reference

    Interview Checklist - Clerical

    Interviewer Evaluation

    Interviewing Form

    Reference Inquiry

    Reference Release Form

    Sample Questions for Applicant

    Equal Employment Opportunity Policy (Option 1)

    Equal Employment Opportunity Policy (Option 2)

    Form I-9 (2017 - 2019)

    Form W-4

    Handbook Introduction

    Harassment Policy

    New Employee Checklist

    Overall Harassment Policy

    Sexual Harassment Policy (Option 1)

    Sexual Harassment Policy (Option 2)

    Accommodation Request Form (Option 1)

    Accommodation Request Form (Option 2)

    Accommodation Request Form (Option 3)

    Approval-Denial of Reasonable Accommodation Request

    Bereavement Leave Policy (Option 1)

    Bereavement Leave Policy (Option 2)

    Confirmation of Request for Reasonable Accommodation

    Denial of Reasonable Accommodation Request

    Employment Policies Relating to Pregnancy, Childbirth and Child Rearing

    Family and Medical Leave Policy (50+ Employees)

    Holiday Policy (Option 1)

    Holiday Policy (Option 2)

    Jury Leave Policy (Option 1)

    Jury Leave Policy (Option 2)

    Military Leave Policy (Option 1)

    Military Leave Policy (Option 2)

    Non-FMLA Leave Policy

    No Sick-time Policy (Personal Days)

    Paid Time Off (PTO) Policy

    Personal Day Policy

    Personal Leave of Absence Policy (Option 1)

    Personal Leave of Absence Policy (Option 2)

    Physician's Release to Return to Work

    Request for FMLA Leave

    Request for Leave of Absence (Non-FMLA)

    Request for Non-FMLA Leave

    Severe Weather and Emergency Conditions Policy

    Sick Day Policy

    Vacation Policy (Option 1)

    Vacation Policy (Option 2)

    Voting 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 Current Servicemember

    WH-385-V Certification of a Serious Injury and Illness of a Veteran

    Beneficiary Designation Form

    Beneficiary Designation Update Reminder

    Cafeteria Plan Enrollment Form - Salary Reduction Agreement

    Illustrative Samples for Beneficiary Designations

    Initial Notice of HIPAA Special Enrollment Rights

    Medicaid and Children's Health Insurance Program (CHIP)

    Mini-COBRA Notice

    Model COBRA Continuation Coverage Election Notice

    Model COBRA Continuation Coverage General Notice

    Model Notice of Creditable Prescription Drug Coverage

    Model Notice of Non-Creditable Prescription Drug Coverage

    Model Notice of Reasonable Alternatives for Wellness Programs

    Newborns' and Mothers' Health Protection Act Notice

    Notice of Grandfathered Plans Status

    Participant Form for Electing Distributions after Termination of Employment

    Participant Form for Electing Distributions Due to Total Disability

    Participation Contribution Change Form

    Participation Contribution Election Form

    Participation Form for Electing Rollovers (to the 401(k) Profit-Sharing Plans)

    Policy Investment Statement

    Pre-Age 59.5 Hardship Withdrawal Instructions (for Withdrawing 401(k) Contributions)

    Pre-Age 59.5 Hardship Withdrawal Instructions (for Withdrawing Rollover Amounts)

    Pre-Age 59.5 Hardship Withdrawal Request Form (for Withdrawing 401(k) Contributions)

    Pre-Age 59.5 Hardship Withdrawal Request Form (for Withdrawing Rollover Amounts)

    Tuition Reimbursement Policy

    Women's Health and Cancer Rights Act Notice

    Hours of Work Policy (Option 1)

    Hours of Work Policy (Option 2)

    Overtime Policy

    Payroll Direct Deposit Form

    Sample Nursing Mothers Policy

    Timekeeping Requirements

    Compensation Review Policy (Option 1)

    Compensation Review Policy (Option 2)

    Employee Loan Request and Approval Form

    Employee Payroll Change Notice (Option 1)

    Employee Payroll Change Notice (Option 2)

    Exempt Performance Appraisal

    Layoff Policy

    Payroll Advance Policy (Option 1)

    Payroll Advance Policy (Option 2)

    Performance Appraisal

    Performance Appraisal Summary

    Performance Evaluation

    Performance Review Form (Self-Evaluation)(Option 1)

    Performance Review Policy

    Promotions, Demotions and Transfers Policy

    Salary Change Recommendation Form

    Self Evaluation Form

    Self-Peer Performance Evaluation Form (Option 2)

    Confidential Company Information Policy (Option 1)

    Confidential Company Information Policy (Option 2)

    Conflict of Interest Policy

    Employment Confidentiality Agreement (Option 1)

    Employment Confidentiality Agreement (Option 2)

    Employment Confidentiality Agreement (Option 3)

    Complaint Policy (Option 1)

    Complaint Policy (Option 2)

    Open-Door Policy

    Birthday Lunch Policy (Option 1)

    Birthday Lunch Policy (Option 2)

    Bright-Idea Program Entry Form

    Business Equipment Usage Policy (Option 1)

    Business Equipment Usage Policy (Option 2)

    Cell Phone Use Policy

    Cellular Telephone Policy

    Consensual Relationship Agreement and Acknowledgment of Harassment-Free Workplace Policy

    Dress Code Policy (Option 1)

    Dress Code Policy (Option 2)

    Employee Suggestion Policy (Option 1)

    Employee Suggestion Policy (Option 2)

    Employment of Relatives Policy

    Examinations of Records Policy (Option 1)

    Examinations of Records Policy (Option 2)

    Intern Policy

    Non-Fraternization Policy

    Political Speech-Contributions Policy

    Politics in the Workplace Policy

    Smoking Policy (Option 1)

    Smoking Policy (Option 2)

    Social Networking Policy (Option 1: Allowing Use)

    Social Networking Policy (Option 2: Allowing Use for Job Related Functions Only)

    Social Networking Policy (Option 3: Disallowing Use)

    Telephone Usage Policy

    Disciplinary Action Form

    Disciplinary Action Policy

    Employee Exit Interview (Option 1)

    Employee Exit Interview (Option 2)

    Employee Separation Clearance Checklist

    Exit Checklist

    Reference Request Policy

    Resignation Policy (Option 1)

    Resignation Policy (Option 2)

    Termination of Employment Policy

    Acknowledgment of Receipt of Handbook (Option 1)

    Acknowledgment of Receipt of Handbook (Option 2)

    A Summary of Your Rights under the Fair Credit Reporting Act (FCRA)

    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

    Sample Salary Basis Policy

    Abstract of the Child Labor Act Hours Provision

    Applications for Minors in Performances

    Hours of Work for Minor's Under Eighteen

    Parental Acknowledgment of Minors Duties and Hours of Employment

    Employee Exit Checklist

    Certificate of Group Health Plan Coverage

    Sample Notice of Special Enrollment Rights

    Statement of HIPAA Portability Rights