Texas Human Resources Library

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Texas Human Resources Library

In-depth HR guides to Texas 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 Texas employers and made available by the Texas Association of Business in a continuing effort to provide reliable and practical information for our members and the Texas 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
  • 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
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The Texas 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 publication 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
  • Arizona required postings
  • Personnel Records and Recordkeeping Requirements
  • Employee Benefits
  • Arizona specific Termination of Employment
  • New Hire Reporting Form
  • Confidentiality and Conflicts of Interest
  • Texas leave requirements, including statewide mandatory sick leave law, domestic violence leave, Texas military family leave
  • Texas 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 Texas 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.

Compliance thresholds
Recruiting and hiring
Background checks
Temporary and leased employees
Independent contractors
Employee handbooks
Wages and hours
Child labor
Personnel files
Plant closings and mass layoffs
Performance evaluations
Unemployment compensation
Whistleblower protections
Federal contractors and affirmative action
Diversity in the workplace
Resolving disputes
Snapshot An HR audit
Family and medical leave
Active military and veterans rights
Privacy rights
Health insurance portability and privacy
Protecting electronic information
Safety and health
Workplace violence
Workers compensation
Public employers
Drugs alcohol and tobacco use
Appendix D Directory of government agencies
Appendix C Employment reference websites
About the author
Appendix A Recordkeeping requirements
Restrictive covenants and trade secrets
Families First Coronavirus Response Act
Pandemic outbreaks
Disabilities and reasonable accommodations
Workplace harassment
Health insurance reform
Appendix B Posting requirements
Workplace investigations
Politics in the workplace
About Kemp Smith
About the Texas Association of Business
Introduction Features of the HR Library
Health insurance continuation coverage
Employment practices liability insurance
Applicant Statement and Release
Educational Reference
Employment Application (Option 1)
Employment Application (Option 2)
Employment Application (Option 3)
Employment Application (Option 4)
Employment Interview Analysis
Employment Reference
Federal Contractor Veteran's Employment Report VETS-4212
Form W-4 (2020)
Interview Checklist
Interviewer Evaluation
Interviewing Checklist
Interviewing Form
Invitation to Self-Identify
Pre-Hiring Checklist
Reference Release Form
Release to Give Reference
Voluntary Self-Identification of Disability
Adverse Action Notice
Certification to Consumer Reporting Agency
Disclosure and Authorization to Obtain Reports
Pre-Adverse Action Notice
Form I-9 (2020)
Form I-9 Instructions (2020)
Employment Status: A Comparative Approach
401(k) Plan Policy
Absence Control Policy
ADA Policy (If Employer or Employee not Covered by FMLA)
Bad Weather Policy
Benefits Policy
Bereavement Policy
Break Time for Nursing Mothers Policy
Cell Phone Policy (Option 1)
Cell Phone Policy (Option 2)
COBRA Policy
Compensation Policy
Compensation Review Policy
Complaint Procedure Policy (Option 1)
Complaint Procedure Policy (Option 2)
Computer System Policy
Confidential Company Information Policy
Conflicts of Interest Policy (Option 1)
Conflicts of Interest Policy (Option 2)
Conflicts of Interest Policy (Option 3)
Conflicts of Interest Policy (Option 4)
Conflicts of Interest Policy (Option 5)
Conflicts of Interest Policy (Option 6)
Continuing Education Policy
Direct Deposit Policy
Disciplinary Action Policy
Dress Code Policy (Option 1)
Dress Code Policy (Option 2)
Dress Code Policy (Option 3)
Dress Code Policy (Option 4)
Drug and Alcohol Policy (Option 1)
Drug and Alcohol Policy (Option 2)
Email Policy (Option 1)
Email Policy (Option 2)
Employee Assistance Plan Policy
Employee Classification Policy
Employee Suggestion Program Entry Form
Employment of Relatives Policy
Employment Status Policy
Equal Employment Policy
Examination of Pay Records Policy (Option 1)
Examination of Pay Records Policy (Option 2)
Family and Medical Leave Policy
Flexible Spending Plan Policy
General Rules and Regulations Policy
Harassment Policy
Health Insurance Policy
Holiday Policy (Option 1)
Holiday Policy (Option 2)
Hours of Work Policy (Option 1)
Hours of Work Policy (Option 2)
Inspection of Property Policy (Option 1)
Inspection of Property Policy (Option 2)
Interns Policy
Introduction Policy
Investment Policy
Jury Duty Policy (Option 1)
Jury Duty Policy (Option 2)
Layoff Policy
Long-Term Disability Policy
Military Leave Policy
Model Standards of Conduct-Discipline Policy
Music in the Workplace Policy
National Guard Policy
Newborns' and Mothers' Health Protection Act Notice
No-Fault Attendance Policy (Option 1)
No-Fault Attendance Policy (Option 2)
Non-Fraternization Policy (Option 1)
Non-Fraternization Policy (Option 2)
Non-Fraternization Policy (Option 3)
No Sick Time Policy (Personal Days)
No Solicitation Policy (Option 1)
No Solicitation Policy (Option 2)
Orientation Period Policy
Overtime Policy
Paid Time Off Policy
Payroll Advance Policy
Performance Review Policy
Personal Conduct Policy
Personal Days Policy
Personal Leave of Absence Policy
Personal Use of Company Property, Office Equipment and Supplies (Option 1)
Personal Use of Company Property, Office Equipment and Supplies (Option 2)
Promotion Policy
Receipt of Handbook Policy (Option 1)
Receipt of Handbook Policy (Option 2)
Receipt Statement
Reference Request Policy
Resignation Policy (Option 1)
Resignation Policy (Option 2)
Sample "Zero-Tolerance" Program
Short-Term Disability Policy
Sick Days Policy
Smoking Policy
Suggestion Policy
Telephone Usage Policy
Termination Policy (Option 1)
Termination Policy (Option 2)
Termination Policy (Option 3)
Time Cards Policy
Timekeeping Policy
Union-Free Policy (Option 1)
Union-Free Policy (Option 2)
Vacation Policy (Option 1)
Vacation Policy (Option 2)
Violence in the Workplace Policy
Voting Leave Policy
Wage Deduction Authorization Policy
Weapons Policy
Workers' Compensation Leave Policy
Workers' Compensation Policy
Employee Payroll Change Notice Form (Option 1)
Employee Payroll Change Notice Form (Option 2)
Employer Notice of Change in Employment
Salary Change Recommendation Form
Beneficiary Designation Form (Option 1)
Beneficiary Designation Form (Option 2)
Cafeteria Plan Enrollment Form
Model Certificate of Creditable Coverage
Model Notice of Creditable Prescription Drug Coverage
Model Notice of Non-Creditable Prescription Drug Coverage
Participant Contribution Change Form
Participant Contribution Election Form
Participation Firm for Electing Rollovers to the 401(k) Profit-Sharing Plan
Participation Form for Electing Distributions after Termination of Employment
Pre-Age 59.5 Hardship Withdrawal Instructions (for Withholding 401(k) Contributions)
Pre-Age 59.5 Hardship Withdrawal Instructions (for Withholding 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)
Statement of HIPAA Portability Rights
Disciplinary Action Record
Disciplinary Rules and Regulations
Checklist of Factors for Terminating and Replacing "Protected" Employees
COBRA Termination Report
Employee Separation Clearance Checklist
Exit Checklist
Exit Interview Form (Option 1)
Exit Interview Form (Option 2)
Separation Summary
Exempt Performance Appraisal
Job Classification Performance Review Form
Performance Appraisal Summary
Performance Evaluation
Accommodation Request Form (Option 1)
Accommodation Request Form (Option 2)
Physician's Information Supporting Request for Accommodation
Physician's Release to Return to Work
Physician's Statement Concerning Leave
Request for Leave of Absence (Non-FMLA)
Request Form for Non-FMLA Leave
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
Certificate of Group Health Plan Coverage
Statement of HIPAA Portability Rights
Sample Acknowledgment-Consent Form
Sample Solicitation and Distribution Policy
Sample Telecommunications Policy
Employer-Telecommuter Written Agreement Checklist
Telecommuting Checklist
Telecommuting Policy
Employment Confidentiality Agreement
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
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
COBRA Information
Model Certificate of Creditable Coverage
Model COBRA Continuation Coverage Election Notice (2020)
Model COBRA Continuation Coverage General Notice (2020)
Time-of-Hire Notice to Qualified Beneficiary Concerning Continuation of Coverage and COBRA (Option 1)
Time-of-Hire Notice to Qualify Beneficiary Concerning Concentration of Coverage under COBRA (Option 2)


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