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

  • Crafting a task-focused job advertisement
  • Handling applications
  • ADA concerns like reasonable accommodation
  • Separation of medical paperwork
  • Performance appraisals and progressive discipline

The Wages and Hours— An Employer's Guide focuses on all of these wage-related issues, providing 20 chapters and 2 appendices, covering topics such as: 

  • Commonly asked questions and answers
  • Defining "hours worked"
  • Rest and meal periods
  • Computation of overtime compensation
  • Exemptions from overtime

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 Plus was created in collaboration with Ford & Harrison LLP, Ogletree, Deakins, Nash, Smoak & Stewart, P.C., Squire Patton Boggs, Wilson Worley Moore Gamble & Stout, PC, and authored by Andrew Wampler, Frank L. Day, Jr., Jill S. Kirila, Shennan Harris, 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

Ford & Harrison LLP

FordHarrison is a labor & employment firm with nearly 200 attorneys in 28 offices, including three affiliate firms.

The firm has built a national legal practice as one of the nation's leading defense firms with an exclusive focus on labor law, employment law, litigation, business immigration, employee benefits and executive compensation. Through its global practice group and membership in the global employment law firm alliance, Ius Laboris, FordHarrison provides clients that have multinational operations with a broad...read 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 as...read more ,

Squire Patton Boggs

Squire Patton Boggs combines sound legal counsel with a deep knowledge of our clients’ businesses to resolve their legal challenges. We care about the quality of our services, the success of our clients and the relationships that are forged through those successes. With approximately 1,500 lawyers in 44 offices located in 21 countries, our global legal practice is in the markets where our clients do business.

Our labor and employment lawyers represent employers across the full...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

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

Forms and Policies


Form W-4 (2020)

Sample Adverse Employment Action Notice

Sample FCRA Notice

State of Tennessee New Hire Reporting

Form I-9 (2020)

Form I-9 Instructions (2020)

Employment Status: A Comparative Approach

Sample Carbon Monoxide Warning Sign

Certificate of Group Health Plan Coverage

Notice of Special Enrollment Rights

Statement of HIPAA Portability Rights

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

At-Will Employment Application (Option 1)

At-Will Employment Application (Option 2)

At-Will Employment Application (Option 3)

At-Will Employment Application (Option 4)

Driving History Form

FCRA Summary of Your Rights (9-2018)

Job Description Form

Educational Reference

Employment Interview Analysis

Employment Reference

Equal Employment Identifying Form (Option 2)

Equal Employment Indentifying Form (Option 1)

Equal Employment Indentifying Form (Option 3)

FCRA Disclosure for Checks Involving Personal Interviews

FCRA Disclosure for Checks not Involving Personal Interviews

FCRA Pre-Use Letter

FCRA Summary of Your Rights

Interview Checklist

Interview Evaluation

Interviewing Form

Personal Data Form

Reference Inquiry

Sample Questions for Applicant

Voluntary Self-Identification of Disability Form

Abusive Conduct Policy

EEO Policy

Form I-9 (2020)

Form I-9 Instructions (2020)

Form W-4 (2020)

Handbook Introduction Policy

Harassment Policy

New Hire Reporting Form

Notice for Employers with Benefit Plans

Notice for Employers without Benefits

Sexual Harassment Policy

Americans with Disabilities Act Policy (Employer Not Covered by FMLA)

Bereavement Leave Policy

Certification for Serious Injury or Illness of a Current Servicemember

Certification for Serious Injury or Illness of a Veteran

Certification of Health Care Provider for Employee's Serious Health Condition

Certification of Health Care Provider for Family Member's Serious Health Condition

Certification of Qualifying Exigency for Military Family

Designation Notice

Employee Reasonable Accommodation Request Form

Family and Medical Leave Act Policy

Holiday Policy

Jury Duty Policy

Military Leave Policy

Notice of Eligibility and Rights & Responsibilities

Paid Time Off (PTO) Policy

Parental Leave Policy

Personal Day Policy

Personal Leave Policy

Physician's Release to Return to Work (Option 1)

Physician's Release to Return to Work (Option 2)

Physician's Statement Concerning Leave

Request for Leave of Absence (Non-FMLA)

Request Form for FMLA Leave

Request Form for Non-FMLA Leave

Request for Reasonable Accommodation

Sick Day Policy

Vacation Policy

Volunteer Firefighter Leave Policy

Voting Leave Policy

401K Plan Policy

Beneficiary Designation Form

COBRA Information

COBRA Time of Hire Notice (Option 1)

COBRA Time of Hire Notice (Option 2)

Continuing Education Policy

Designation of Beneficiary Form

Health Insurance Policy

Life Insurance Provision Policy

Long-Term Disability Plan Policy

Short-Term Disability Plan Policy

Absence Control Policy

Accident Reporting Policy

Birthday Lunch Policy

Drug-Free Workplace Policy

Drug-Free Workplace Policy (Federal Contractors)

EEO Policy

Employment Status Policy

Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA) Policy

Music Policy

No-Fault Attendance Policy (Option 1)

No-Fault Attendance Policy (Option 2)

Non-Fraternization Policy

No Solicitation Policy

Orientation Period Policy

Rules and Regulations Policy

Safety and Health Policy (Option 1)

Safety and Health Policy (Option 2)

Tornado-Natural Disaster Policy

Union-Free Workplace Policy (Option 1)

Union-Free Workplace Policy (Option 2)

Union-Free Workplace Policy (Option 3)

Violence in the Workplace Policy

Weapons Policy

Employee Payroll Change Notice Form

Hours of Work Policy (Option 1)

Hours of Work Policy (Option 2)

Nursing Mothers Policy

Payroll Direct Deposit Form

Salary Basis Policy

Salary Change Recommendation Form

Timekeeping Policy

Compensation Review Policy

Discipline Documentation Form

Exempt Performance Appraisal

First-Step Warning

Layoff Recall Policy

Payroll Advance Policy

Performance Appraisal

Performance Appraisal Summary

Performance Evaluation

Promotions and Transfers Policy

Second-Step Warning

Self-Peer Performance Evaluation Form

Third-Step Warning

Confidentiality Policy

Conflict of Interests Policy

Employment Confidentiality Agreement

Appropriate Use Provision

Confidentiality Provision

Email Policy

Employee Acknowledgment and Consent

Information Security Provision

Introduction Policy-Statement

Message on Document Creation and Retention Provision

Monitoring Provision (No Routine Monitoring)

Monitoring Provision (Routine Monitoring)

Ownership of Information, Data and Software Provision

Personal Use Provision

Remote Access Policy

Social Media Policy

Voicemail Policy

Complaint Procedure Policy (Option 1)

Complaint Procedure Policy (Option 2)

Cellphone Use Policy

Dress Code Policy

Employee Suggestions Policy

Employment of Relatives Policy

Examinations of Records Policy

Inspection of Property Policy

Mobile Device Use Policy (Option One)

Mobile Device Use Policy (Option Two)

Reference Release Form

Reference Request Policy

Smoking Policy

Telephone Usage Policy

COBRA Termination Report

Employee Clearance Separation Checklist

Employee Exit Interview Form

Employee's Application for Continuation of Coverage

Exit Checklist

Exit Interview Alternative

Separation Notice

Separation Summary

Termination Policy

Sample Acknowledgment of Handbook

Drug Free Workplace Poster

Employer Implementation Guide

Pre-Employment Drug Testing Consent Release Sample Form

Revised Sample Active Employee Certificate of Agreement.pdf

Revised Sample Letter to Employees to Accompany Substance Abuse Policy Statement.pdf

Sample Substance Abuse Policy Statement

Company Use Job Description

Sample Job Questionairre