Tennessee Human Resources Library


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In-depth HR guides to Tennessee 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.

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 Tennessee 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 Model Policies and Forms for Tennessee  Employers is the second publication in the Tennessee Human Resources Library and includes form and policy templates you can download, edit, save and print such as:

  • Basic workplace policies for Tennessee
  • Time Off and Leaves of Absence policies
  • Tennessee required postings
  • Personnel Records and Recordkeeping Requirements
  • Employee Benefits
  • Tennessee specific Termination of Employment
  • New Hire Reporting Form
  • Confidentiality and Conflicts of Interest
  • Tennessee leave requirements, including statewide mandatory sick leave law, domestic violence leave, Tennessee military family leave
  • Tennessee privacy laws
  • (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 Tennessee 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.  

Tennessee Human Resources Library was created in collaboration with Ogletree, Deakins, Nash, Smoak & Stewart, P.C., Wilson Worley Moore Gamble & Stout, PC, and authored by Andrew Wampler, William Rutchow.


The Employee's Benefits Guide is particularly helpful because the institution strives to provide the best quality benefits to attract and retain valuable employees; and one way to do this is to have a thorough knowledge and understand of how to make these benefits work for the employees.

Libby King, Director of Human Resources, Lincoln Memorial University, Harrogate, Tennessee

We take great pride in being able to offer quality products and services to our members. The Tennessee Human Resources Library is an outstanding product, and it will go a long way in helping Tennessee businesses operate more efficiently and avoid costly mistakes.

Bob Gaskill, Vice President for Employment Issues, Tennessee Chamber of Commerce & Industry, Nashville, Tennessee

Brad, just wanted to let you know how helpful it has been to have the TN Human Resources Manual at my fingertips for the last six years.  It is a quick way to get an overview on a topic.  Sometimes it is enough to answer my questions or at least points me in the right direction in the event I need more in depth detail.  Thanks for a product that worth’s having.

Christine Andrews, Director of Finance, Christ Methodist Day School, Tennessee

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.

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

About the law firm

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 as...read more ,

Wilson Worley Moore Gamble & Stout, PC

Wilson Worley has an established commitment to superior client service. Its predecessor firms were formed in 1951 and 1967. The firms merged in 2005, and Wilson Worley continues the traditions started by those firms. Our attorneys provide premier civil legal services in the East Tennessee region. We listen to client needs and seek to establish long-term relationships. We enjoy a reputation of principled and progressive representation while being influential leaders in our community.

Wilson Worley’s labor and...read more

Tennessee Chamber of Commerce & Industry

The Tennessee Chamber of Commerce & Industry is the state chamber of commerce and the state manufacturers’ association. The Chamber promotes and protects the state’s business climate through a wide variety of efforts. The Chamber is involved in federal and state legislation and regulations, human resources, taxation, the environment, health care and other issues that affect the state’s business community. The Chamber works to make your business a success by advocating for you in the State Capitol and by providing you with access to knowledge and services that improve your bottom line.

One way we do this is by offering our Human Resources Library. We are pleased to announce the release of the Tennessee Human Resources Manual and Model Policies and Forms for Tennessee Employers. We know it is not easy to understand all the rules and regulations affecting the way you run your business. We hope these guides will... learn more

Topics covered

Tennessee Human Resources Manual

The Tennessee Chamber of Commerce and Industry

About Wilson Worley, PC

About the editor

Editor's foreword

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: Reporting new hires

Chapter 06: Policies and procedures manuals

Chapter 07: Performance evaluations

Chapter 08: Discrimination

Chapter 09: Disabilities and reasonable accommodation

Chapter 10: Immigration

Chapter 11: Discipline

Chapter 12: Termination

Chapter 13: Employee initiated exit

Chapter 14: Celebrations in the workplace

Chapter 15: Wages and hours

Chapter 16: Interns and volunteers

Chapter 17: Child labor

Chapter 18: Family and medical leave

Chapter 19: Independent contractors

Chapter 20: Temporary and leased employees

Chapter 21: Workplace investigations

Chapter 22: Whistleblower protections

Chapter 23: Restrictive covenants and trade secrets

Chapter 24: Privacy rights

Chapter 25: Employment in the Internet age

Chapter 26: Plant closings and mass layoffs

Chapter 27: Safety and health

Chapter 28: Smoking in the workplace

Chapter 29: Employee personnel files

Chapter 30: Military leave

Chapter 31: Affirmative action

Chapter 32: Benefits

Chapter 33: Health insurance continuation coverage

Chapter 34: Workers' compensation

Chapter 35: Unemployment insurance

Chapter 36: Health insurance portability and accountability

Chapter 37: Drugs and alcohol in the workplace

Chapter 38: Workplace violence

Chapter 39: Lie detector tests

Chapter 40: Unions

Chapter 41: International employment law

Chapter 42: Employment practices liability insurance

Chapter 43: Public employers

Chapter 44: Politics in the workplace

Chapter 45: Disaster planning

Chapter 46: Telecommuting

Chapter 47: Families First Coronavirus Response Act

Chapter 48: Pandemic outbreaks

Appendix A: Recordkeeping requirements

Appendix B: Posting requirements

Model Policies and Forms for Tennessee Employers

About the firm

About the authors


Features of the HR Library

Chapter 01: Snapshot - An HR audit

Chapter 02: Compliance thresholds

Chapter 03: Introduction

Chapter 04: Job descriptions and applications

Chapter 05: Candidate screening

Chapter 06: Time of hire

Chapter 07: Time off and leaves of absence

Chapter 08: Employee benefits

Chapter 09: Basic company policies

Chapter 10: Wages and hours

Chapter 11: Performance reviews, promotion and layoff

Chapter 12: Confidentiality and conflicts of interest

Chapter 13: Technology in the workplace

Chapter 14: Complaint procedures

Chapter 15: Other matters

Chapter 16: Termination of employment

Chapter 17: Acknowledgment of receipt of handbook

Appendix A: Posting requirements

Appendix B: Tennessee drug-free workplace program