South Carolina Human Resources Library


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

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  • Hardcopy Manuals: Because sometimes it just feels better to hold a book in your hands, and flip right to the page you need
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  • 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 South Carolina Employment Law Reference Guide 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 Model Policies and Forms for South Carolina Employers is the second publication in the South Carolina Human Resources Library and includes form and policy templates you can download, edit, save and print such as:

  • Basic workplace policies for South Carolina
  • Time Off and Leaves of Absence policies
  • South Carolina required postings
  • Personnel Records and Recordkeeping Requirements
  • Employee Benefits
  • Iowa specific Termination of Employment
  • New Hire Reporting Form
  • Confidentiality and Conflicts of Interest
  • South Carolina leave requirements, including statewide mandatory sick leave law, domestic violence leave, South Carolina military family leave
  • (OWBPA) The Older Workers Benefit Protection Act
  • Family medical leave

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 South 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.  

South Carolina Human Resources Library was created in collaboration with Burr Forman McNair, Fisher & Phillips LLP, Ogletree, Deakins, Nash, Smoak & Stewart, P.C., and authored by J. Hagood Tighe, Richard J. Morgan.


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Kaye Holcomb, HR Manager, Tritek Fire and Security, LLC,, South Carolina

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.

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About the law firm

Burr Forman McNair

For more than a century, Burr & Forman LLP’s experienced legal team has served clients at the intersection of business and government with local, national, and international interests in numerous industry and practice areas, ranging from commercial litigation and class actions to corporate transactions, including bankruptcy and restructurings. A Southeast regional firm with 360 attorneys and 19 offices in Alabama, Delaware, Florida, Georgia, Mississippi, North Carolina, South Carolina and Tennessee, Burr & Forman attorneys draw from more ,

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, more ,

Ogletree, Deakins, Nash, Smoak & Stewart, P.C.

Firm Overview

Ogletree Deakins is one of the largest labor and employment law firms in the world, representing management in all types of employment related legal matters. The firm has more than 850 lawyers located in 53 offices across North America and in Europe. For more than four decades, Ogletree Deakins has offered clients representation in every aspect of labor and employment laws, including business immigration, employee benefits and workplace safety and health more

South Carolina Chamber of Commerce

Our Vision

The South Carolina Chamber of Commerce is the unified voice of business and premier advocacy organization in the state. The South Carolina Chamber creates prosperity for all citizens through an economy of increased productivity and global competitiveness.

Our Mission

The mission of the South Carolina Chamber of Commerce, as the single, unified voice of business, is to enhance the quality of life for all South Carolinians. The South Carolina Chamber leads the way in achieving global competitiveness and ultimately increasing prosperity for our citizens by:

  • Creating a shared, collaborative vision for South Carolina;
  • Increasing productivity through an educated and highly-skilled, capable workforce;
  • Advocating a balanced, predictable tax and spending system;
  • Fostering a favorable climate among our members and their diverse employees; and,
  • Promoting the positive impact of a successful business community on our citizens.

If you would like to know more about the South Carolina Chamber... learn more

Topics covered

Model Employee Policies for South Carolina Employers

About the firm

About the author

Features of the HR Library

Chapter 01: Introduction

Chapter 02: Establishing documentation procedures

Chapter 03: Disclaimers

Chapter 04: Pre-hire considerations

Chapter 05: Job descriptions

Chapter 06: Hiring

Chapter 07: Basic company policies

Chapter 08: Pay practices

Chapter 09: Insurance and other benefits

Chapter 10: Time off and leaves of absence

Chapter 11: Accommodations

Chapter 12: Workplace safety

Chapter 13: Performance evaluations

Chapter 14: Work rules and discipline

Chapter 15: Termination of employment

Chapter 16: Unemployment benefits

Chapter 17: Miscellaneous forms and policies

Appendix A: Posting requirements

Appendix B: Recordkeeping requirements

South Carolina Employment Law Reference Guide

About the South Carolina Chamber of Commerce

About Fisher Phillips

About the Authors and Editors

Features of the HR Library

Chapter 01: Snapshot - An HR audit

Chapter 02: Compliance thresholds

Chapter 03: Introduction

Chapter 04: The employment relationship

Chapter 05: Recruiting and hiring

Chapter 06: Personnel files

Chapter 07: Employee policies and procedures manual

Chapter 08: Employment contracts

Chapter 09: Immigration

Chapter 10: Civil rights

Chapter 11: Racial discrimination

Chapter 12: Age discrimination

Chapter 13: Anti-discrimination and government contracts

Chapter 14: Disability discrimination

Chapter 15: Workplace investigations

Chapter 16: Military service

Chapter 17: Wage and hour issues

Chapter 18: Interns and volunteers

Chapter 19: Child labor

Chapter 20: Employee benefits

Chapter 21: Time off and leaves of absence

Chapter 22: Workplace privacy

Chapter 23: Employment-related torts

Chapter 24: Alcohol and drug testing

Chapter 25: Workers’ compensation

Chapter 26: Safety and health issues

Chapter 27: Unions in the workplace

Chapter 28: Workforce reductions

Chapter 29: Alternative dispute resolution

Chapter 30: Performance evaluations

Chapter 31: Employee discipline

Chapter 32: Termination

Chapter 33: Unemployment compensation

Chapter 34: Violence in the workplace

Chapter 35: Enforcement

Chapter 36: Disaster planning

Chapter 37: Social media

Chapter 38: Telecommuting

Chapter 39: Families First Coronavirus Response Act

Chapter 40: Pandemic outbreaks

Appendix A: Recordkeeping requirements

Appendix B: Posting requirements

Forms and Policies

Form I-9 (2020)

Form I-9 Instructions

Form W-4 (2020)

Form I-9 (2020)

Form I-9 Instructions (2020)

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

Acknowledgement of Receipt of Handbook

Sample Cover Page of Employee Manual

The Legal Disclaimer

Adverse Action Letter

Affirmative Action Policy

Affirmative Action Program Applicants Pre-Offer Invitation

Affirmative Action Program - Applicants Who Are Disabled

Affirmative Action Program Post-Offer Invitation

Affirmative Action Voluntary Information

At Will Employment Application (Option 1)

At Will Employment Application (Option 2)

At Will Employment Application (Option 3)

At Will Employment Application (Option 4)

At Will Employment Offer Letter

Authorization to Release Information

Authorized Access Agreement

Background Research Release (Option 1)

Background Research Release (Option 2)

Background Verification Disclosure

Candidate Rating Sheet

Candidate Tracking Log

Conditional Offer Questionnaire

Credit Check Consent Form

Disclosure to Applicant Regarding Investigative Consumer Report

Educational Reference

Employment Interview Analysis

Employment of Relatives Policy

Employment Reference

Equal Employment Opportunity Policy (Option 1)

Equal Employment Opportunity Policy (Option 2)

Equal Employment Opportunity Policy (Option 3)

Exempt Telephone Refernce Check

Interview Checklist

Interviewer Evaluation

Interviewing Form

Medical History Questionnaire

Non-Exempt Telephone Reference Check

Offer-Acceptance Letter

Police Check

Post-Conditional Job Offer Request for Physician's Certification

Reference Inquiry

Substance Abuse Policy

Substance Abuse Prevention Program Consent Form

Telephone Reference Check

At Will Job Description Non-Exempt (Office)

At Will Job Description Non-Exempt (Production)

At Will Position Description

Job Descriptions

Job Duties and Descriptions Policy

Employee Information

Employee Orientation and Training Checklist

Employment At Will (Option 1)

Employment At Will Policy (Option 2)

Employment Notice

Employment Status Policy

Hiring Checklist

I-9 Form (2020)

I-9 Form Instructions (2020)

Immigration Law Compliance Policy

Length of Service Policy

Orientation Period Policy

Union-Free Policy (Option 1)

Union-Free Policy (Option 2)

Union-Free Policy Third Party Intervention (Option 3)

W-4 Form (2020)

Welcome Statement

Confidential and Proprietary Information Statement

Confidentiality of Company Information

Conflicts Arising from Personal Relationships Policy

Conflicts of Interest Policy

EEO Policy Statement to New Employees

Employment Confidentiality Agreement

Ethics Policy

Inspection of Property Policy

Media Contact Policy

Non-Fraternization Policy

No-Solicitation No-Distribution Policy

Outside Employment Policy

Social Media Policy

Workplace Dating Policy

Workplace Diversity Policy

Authorization Form for Deduction from Wages

Check Request Form

Employee Payroll Change Notice

Employee Referral Bonus Policy

Errors in Payment Policy

Expense Reimbursement Policy

Hours of Work (Option 1)

Hours of Work (Option 2)

Natural Disasters Policy

Overtime Policy

Payment of Bonuses Policy

Payment of Commissions Policy

Payroll Advances Policy (Option 1)

Payroll Advances Policy (Option 2)

Payroll Direct Deposit Form

Place and Time of Payment Policy (Option 1)

Place and Time of Payment Policy (Option 2)

Recording Your Hours Policy

Salary Change Recommendation Form

Severe Weather Policy

Shortages and Overages Policy

Telecommuting Policy

Terms of Employment Notice

Travel Pay Policy

Use of Time Cards Policy

Wage Deductions Policy

401(K) Plan Enrollment Form

Beneficiary Designation Form

Cafeteria Plan Policy

Continuation of Group Health Insurance Policy

Designation of Beneficiary

Employee Assistance Program Policy

Health Insurance

Information on Categories of Benefits

Insurance Policy

Life Insurance

Long-Term-Disability Plan Policy

Model COBRA Continuation Coverage Election Notice (2020)

Model COBRA Continuation Coverage General Notice (2020)

Profit-Sharing Plan

Short-Term Disability Plan Policy

Tuition Reimbursement Policy

Bereavement Leave Policy

Doctor's Statement Concerning Medical Maternity or Health Related Condition

DOLs Final Rule on Family and Medical Leave

Education Leave Policy

Family and Medical Leave (Option 1)

Family and Medical Leave (Option 2)

Holidays Policy

Jury Duty Policy

Medical Leave of Absence Policy

Military Leave Policy

Model Absence Tracking Form

Paid Time Off Policy

Personal Days Policy

Personal Leave of Absence (Option 1)

Personal Leave of Absence (Option 2)

Physicians Release to Return to Work

Physicians Statement Concerning Leave

Report of Absence

Request for Leave of Absence (Non-FMLA)

Request Form for Non-FMLA Leave

School Parental Leave Policy

Sick Leave Bank Policy

Sick Leave Policy

Vacations (Option 1)

Vacations (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 and Illness of a Current Servicemember

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

Accommodation Request

Accommodations for Disabled Individuals

Accommodations Request Form

Employee Reasonable Accommodation Request Form

Religious Accommodations Policy

Request for Reasonable Accommodation

Response to Request for Accommodation

Response to Request for Accommodation

Cellular Telephone Usage Policy

Driver Qualifications Policy

Electronic Communications Policy

Safety Problem Solving Policy (Option 4)

Sample Safety Policy (Option 1)

Sample Safety Policy (Option 2)

Use of Company Motor Vehicles Policy

Violence in the Workplace Policy

Weapons Policy

Workers' Compensation Policy

Work-Related Injuries and Illnesses Forms & Instructions

Your Safety Pledge Policy (Option 3)

Compensation Review Policy (Option 1)

Compensation Review Policy (Option 2)

Department Checklist-Employee Progress Report

Exempt Performance Appraisal

New Employee Progress Report

Non-Exempt Employee Performance Appraisal

Performance Appraisal

Performance Appraisals Policy

Performance Appraisal Summary

Performance Evaluation

Self-Peer Performance Evaluation Form

Temporary Employee Evaluation

Anti-Bullying Policy (Option 1)

Anti-Bullying Policy (Option 2)

Attendance Bonus Policy (Option 3)

Attendance Policy (Option 1)

Attendance Policy (Option 2)

Discipline Documentation Form

Employee Appearance Policy

Employee Conduct Policy (Option 1)

Employee Conduct Policy (Option 2)

Employee Conduct Policy (Option 3)

First-Step Warning

Harassment Policy (Option 1)

Harassment Policy (Option 2)

Harassment Policy (Option 3)

Open-Door Form

Open-Door Policy (Option 1) Problem Resolution

Open-Door Policy (Option 2) Problem Resolution

Open-Door Policy (Option 3)

Open-Door Policy (Option 4)

Second-Step Warning

Third-Step Warning

Employee Exit Summary

Employee Separation Clearance Checklist

Exit Checklist

Exit Interview

Exit Interview Policy

Layoffs and Recalls Policy

Reductions in Force Policy

Reference Release Form

Reference Release Waiver

Reference Requests Policy

Separation Summary

Severance Acceptance Agreement

Termination Due to Poor Performance

Termination Letter

Termination of Employment Policy

Voluntary Resignation

Election to Become Reimburseable Employer

Employer Quarterly Contribution and Wage Reports

Employer Quarterly Wage Continuation Sheet

Employers Report of Change

Employers Request for Benefit Address

Employer Status Report

Instructions for Employer Quarterly Continuation Report

Instructions for Employer Quarterly Wage Report....

Mass Separation.....Total Unemployment

Notice to Employer Regarding an Offer of Work

Offer of Work

Regulations Governing Offers of Work

South Carolina School-to-Work

Statement to Correct Information

Statement to Correct Information Continuation Sheet

Affidavit of Marriage

Bright Idea Program - Entry Form

Displaced Employee Data Sheet

Employment Information Change

Equipment Reimbursement Form

Expense Reimbursement - Smoking Policy

Job Posting Policy

Listening to Music Policy

Medical Authorization

Policy Statement Regarding Duplication of Software

Position Decline Statement

Promotion or Transfer Request

Promotions and Transfers Policy

Promotions, Transfers, Demotions and Reclassifications Policy

Smoking Policy

Substance Abuse Prevention Process Substance Abuse Investigation Form

Telephone Usage Policy

Verification of Dependent Status

Visitors in the Workplace Policy

Employee Records Policy

Medical Information Policy