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Massachusetts and Federal HR Library

In-depth HR guides to Massachusetts and Federal employment law, policies and form templates in one soft-cover book. Includes what to do and how to do it for everything from pre-hire through post-termination, policies and form templates that you can use as-is or customize, updated online access, email notifications and a weekly e-newsletter

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An Employer's Guide to FMLA and ADA HR Library

This guide walks you through the many complicated procedures associated with keeping your business in compliance with the Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA) and the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA). More Details
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Employee Benefits — An Employer's Guide HR Library

The laws governing employee benefits are very detailed and very complex. Benefits take many forms, from simple holiday pay to complicated pension plans, this guide is intended to provide a well-rounded overview of the complex principal laws that apply when an employer provides benefits for its employees.  More Details
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Employment Verification: Immigration, Form I-9, and E-Verify HR Library

This guide walks you through the many complicated procedures associated with verifying the work authorization of your workers and maintaining a business that is in compliance with the Immigration Reform and Control Act of 1986 (IRCA). As an employer, you are responsible for verifying that every individual on your workforce is eligible to work in the United States – that means paperwork and lots of it. More Details
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Hiring, Firing and Discipline for Employers HR Library

Hiring, firing, and discipline: three topics that affect every employer, no matter the size. Your employees are your greatest resource – however, they also represent a potential source of numerous liability concerns. More Details
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Wages and Hours —€“ An Employer’s Guide HR Library

The Department of Labor estimates that nearly 70% of employers are in violation of the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA). With fines and penalties, small errors in wage and hour administration can quickly snowball into embarrassing and expensive situations for your company. When to pay, who to pay, how much to pay – there are so many questions that employers have to answer.  More Details
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Workplace Safety and Health Compliance Manual HR Library

The Workplace Safety and Health Compliance Manual is the essential guide to understanding the OSH Act, OSHA standards, and employer obligations associated with safety and health in the workplace. More Details


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Law Firm: Ogletree, Deakins, Nash, Smoak & Stewart, P.C.
Authors: Patrick M. Curran, Jr.

Description

The Massachusetts Prime HR Library is your one-stop guide for answers to your questions and to assembling a comprehensive employee handbook. It features necessary forms, sample policies and commentary so you know what to do, how to do it, and why. When your employees know your rules and expectations, you limit miscommunication and keep things running smoothly.

This publication will help you answer questions such as:

  • Do I need to grant paid time off for jury duty?
  • Have I followed the proper steps to enable me to withhold a portion of your employees' wages?
  • Do I pay required overtime compensation to non-exempt employees, which can include salaried employees?
  • What paperwork must be filled out for family and medical leave?
  • What should I include in my bereavement leave policy?
  • Is my business covered by the Pregnancy Leave Act?
  • What should I include in my vacation and holiday leave policies?  
  • Plus hundreds of other crucial topics!

Keeping up with employment regulations is complex work for any business.  But good human resources guidance can help employers steer clear of added risk and costly lawsuits.  For years, the Massachusetts Prime HR Library has helped employers and HR personnel find answers quickly.  This is a comprehensive guide to help employers -- from pre-hire through termination.  

Written by top Massachusetts attorneys, the Massachusetts Prime HR Library features:

  • One soft cover book and online access to the Massachusetts Employment Law Manual. 
  • A comprehensive set of hundreds of policies and sample form templates to help you update and/or rewrite your HR manual and employee handbook.
  • Access to HR Update, a weekly e-newsletter that lets you know what's new in the HR world every week.
  • Free access to HRsimple webinars, where attorneys simplify complex employment law topics and help you deal with them.

Have more questions?  Give our customer service team a call at 866-439-2227



Table of Contents

Massachusetts Human Resources Manual

About the Firm
About the Authors
Features of the HR Library
Chapter 1: Snapshot – An HR audit
Chapter 2: Compliance thresholds
Chapter 3: The hiring process
Chapter 4: Immigration
Chapter 5: Background checks
Chapter 6: Employee handbooks
Chapter 7: Employee personnel records
Chapter 8: Trade secrets and restrictive covenants
Chapter 9: Wages and hours
Chapter 10: Interns and volunteers
Chapter 11: Child labor
Chapter 12: Performance evaluations
Chapter 13: Independent contractors
Chapter 14: Federal contractors
Chapter 15: Temporary and leased employees
Chapter 16: Privacy in the workplace
Chapter 17: Employment in the Internet age
Chapter 18: Politics in the workplace
Chapter 19: Telecommuting
Chapter 20: Social media
Chapter 21: Discrimination in employment
Chapter 22: Disabilities and reasonable accommodation
Chapter 23: Workplace investigations
Chapter 24: Discipline
Chapter 25: Termination
Chapter 26: Plant closings and mass layoffs
Chapter 27: Family and medical leave
Chapter 28: Military leave
Chapter 29: Workplace safety and health
Chapter 30: Workplace violence
Chapter 31: Benefits
Chapter 32: Health care continuation
Chapter 33: HIPAA
Appendix A: Recordkeeping requirements
Appendix B: Posting requirements

Model Policies and Forms for Massachusetts Employers

Introduction Features of the HR Library
Chapter 1 Employer resources
Chapter 2 Job descriptions and applications
Chapter 3 Time of hire
Chapter 4 Time off and leaves of absence
Chapter 5 Wages and hours
Chapter 6 Performance reviews
Chapter 7 Confidentiality and conflicts of interest
Chapter 8 Additional policies
Chapter 9 Employee discipline
Chapter 10 Termination of employment
Appendix A Recordkeeping requirements
Appendix B Posting requirements

Forms and Policies

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formi9instructions_27.docx
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formi9instructions_36.docx



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Law Firm: Ford & Harrison LLP
Authors: Nancy Van der Veer Holt

Description

This guide walks you through the many complicated procedures associated with keeping your business in compliance with the Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA) and the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA).  As an employer, you are responsible for seeing to the needs of your employees, and this guide helps you navigate through the complex situations that arise when an employee requires medical leave or a reasonable accommodation for a disability.  Have you ever asked a question like one of the following:

• Who is eligible for medical leave?
• What constitutes a disability?
• Which documentation can I request from an employee seeking medical leave?
• What if I can not afford to accommodate a disability? 
• Which forms need to be completed for military family leave?

Failure to comply with the FMLA and ADA correctly can lead to costly penalties. That is why this publication includes tips and tricks, forms, and more to keep you out of trouble and in compliance with the law. 

This publication also includes important information on other leave and disability issues. Check out these topics if you are unfamiliar with FMLA and ADA or want to brush up on what’s important:

• Do same-sex domestic partners qualify for family medical leave?
• Do I need to keep medical records separate from other employee files?
• Am I practicing reasonable accommodation?
• Am I properly displaying all FMLA posters?
• What pre-employment questions are considered discriminatory?



Tables of Contents

An Employer’s Guide to FMLA and ADA

About the Firm
About the Author
Introduction
Snapshot
1. The Family and Medical Leave Act
2. FMLA definitions
3. Employer coverage and employee eligibility
4. Reasons for leave
5. Serious health conditions
6. Military leave under the FMLA
7. Length of leave
8. Notice and documentation – employee obligations and employer challenges
9. Certifications necessary for leave
10. Employer notice and documentation requirements
11. Employee rights under the FMLA
12. Enforcement of the FMLA
13. FMLA and DOL updates
14. Introduction to the ADA
15. The ADA Amendments Act
16. Employers and ADA protection
17. “Disability” in detail
18. Reasonable accommodation under the ADA
19. The Pregnancy Discrimination Act
20. How the ADA impacts your business
21. Enforcement of the ADA
A. Leave and other state laws



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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.



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Law Firm: Ogletree, Deakins, Nash, Smoak & Stewart, P.C.
Authors: C. John Wentzell, Jr., Ellisa H. Culp, Eric D. Penkert, Jeanne E. Floyd, Thomas M. Christina, Vance E. Drawdy

Description

The laws governing employee benefits are very detailed and very complex. Benefits take many forms, from simple holiday pay to complicated pension plans, this guide is intended to provide a well-rounded overview of the complex principal laws that apply when an employer provides benefits for its employees. 

From basic definitions to information on particular types of benefits, this guide covers what you need to know to stay in compliance. Have you ever asked a question like this:

• Are my benefits plan subject to the Employee Retirement Income Security Act?
• What are the advantages of group health plans?
• How will the Health Care Reform Act affect my coverage?
• When should severance be paid?
• What health care coverage is available for recently terminated employees?

Providing your employees with benefits can open you up to discrimination claims under the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) and the Age Discrimination and Employment Act (ADEA). That’s why this publication includes in-depth explanations, tips for compliance, and a break down of benefit types to keep your business out of trouble. 



Tables of Contents

Employee Benefits – An Employer's Guide

About the Firm
About the Author
Preface
Chapter 1: Employee benefits law
Chapter 2: Life insurance
Chapter 3: Health benefit plans
Chapter 4: Regulation of group health plans
Chapter 5: Healthcare reform
Chapter 6: Disability plans
Chapter 7: Severance plans
Chapter 8: Cafeteria plans
Chapter 9: Retirement plans
Chapter 10: Additional 401(k) qualification requirements
Chapter 11: Non-qualified deferred compensation plans
Chapter 12: Employee communication under ERISA
Chapter 13: Fiduciary duties under ERISA
Chapter 14: Other fringe benefits



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Law Firm: The Cavanagh Law Firm P.A.
Authors: David A. Selden, Heidi Nunn-Gilman, Jennifer L. Sellers, Julie A. Pace, Yijee Jeong

Description

This guide walks you through the many complicated procedures associated with verifying the work authorization of your workers and maintaining a business that is in compliance with the Immigration Reform and Control Act of 1986 (IRCA). As an employer, you are responsible for verifying that every individual on your workforce is eligible to work in the United States – that means paperwork and lots of it!

Completing the Form I-9 is a crucial step in the employment process, but one that is riddled with pitfalls for employers. Have you ever asked a question like this:

• Where do I get the I-9 form?
• Who do I submit it to?
• Which documents can be used to complete the I-9? Passports? Driver’s licenses? Do they count?
• How can I be sure that I am filling the form out correctly? 
• What if I have employees who have worked for me prior to November 6, 1986?

Failure to complete the Form I-9 correctly can lead to costly penalties. That is why this publication includes tips and tricks, forms, checklists, and more to keep you out of trouble and in compliance with the law. 

This publication also includes important information on other employment verification issues. Check out these topics if you are unfamiliar with employment verification or want to brush up on what’s important:

• Have all of your employees hired after November 6, 1986, completed I-9 Forms, and do you have the I-9 Form for each current employee?
• Do you make photocopies of the identification documents provided by your employees?
• Do you know what to do if an immigration officer has a warrant for the arrest of an employee? 
• Do you inform an employee of a Further Action Notice and give an opportunity to contest? 

 



Tables of Contents

Employment Verification: Immigration, Form I-9, and E-Verify

About the Firm
About the Authors
Chapter 1 Snapshot
Chapter 2 Immigration and employment
Chapter 3 Immigration visas
Chapter 4 I-9 Form
Chapter 5 Tips to complete the I-9 Form
Chapter 6 Conducting internal audits
Chapter 7 Expired documents and the I-9 Form
Chapter 8 Anti-discrimination under IRCA
Chapter 9 Electronic completion and storage of Form I-9
Chapter 10 No-match letter and wage reporting compliance
Chapter 11 Additional social security number verification services
Chapter 12 Investigations
Chapter 13 IMAGE program
Chapter 14 Responding to visits and calls regarding immigration
Chapter 15 E-Verify
Chapter 16 E-Verify regulations for federal contractors and subcontractors
Chapter 17 Helpful steps to comply with E-Verify requirements
Chapter 18 Criminal enforcement and I-9 audits
Appendix A Sample memorandum



Customer Reviews

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.



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Law Firm: Ford & Harrison LLP
Authors: Frank L. Day, Jr., Jessica D. Tsuda, Robbin Hutton

Description

Hiring, firing, and discipline: three topics that affect every employer, no matter the size. Your employees are your greatest resource – however, they also represent a potential source of numerous liability concerns. This manual focuses on all the issues faced by employers and managers, with seven state-by-state charts and 18 chapters, covering topics such as:

Pre-employment issues
• Crafting a task-focused job advertisement
• Handling applications
• How to establish an employment-at-will doctrine

Interviews
• Sample questions and what to avoid asking about
• ADA concerns like reasonable accommodation
• Union-related questions

Employee personnel files
• Separation of medical paperwork
• Employee access
• Sarbanes-Oxley compliance

Discipline and termination
• Performance appraisals and progressive discipline
• Common discipline and discharge pitfalls
• Tips for a risk-free termination meeting



Tables of Contents

Hiring, Firing and Discipline for Employers

About the Firm
About the Authors
Chapter 1 Snapshot
Chapter 2 Pre-employment issues
Chapter 3 Pre-employment testing
Chapter 4 Interviews
Chapter 5 Background checks
Chapter 6 The employment relationship
Chapter 7 New hire reporting
Chapter 8 Policy manuals and employee handbooks
Chapter 9 Employee personnel files
Chapter 10 Employment contracts
Chapter 11 Non-compete 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



Customer Reviews

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.



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Law Firm: Squire Patton Boggs
Authors: Jill S. Kirila, Meghan E. Hill, Shennan Harris

Description

The Department of Labor estimates that nearly 70% of employers are in violation of the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA). With fines and penalties, small errors in wage and hour administration can quickly snowball into embarrassing and expensive situations for your company. When to pay, who to pay, how much to pay – there are so many questions that employers have to answer. 

This manual focuses on all of these wage-related issues, providing 20 chapters and 2 appendices, covering topics such as: 

Covered and exempt employees
• Exempt vs. non-exempt employees
• Classifying trainees and interns
• Commonly asked questions and answers 

Determining work time
• Defining “hours worked”
• Rest and meal periods
• How to record work time

Overtime compensation
• Computation of overtime compensation
• Exemptions from overtime
• Unauthorized overtime

In addition to in-depth material concerning the federal Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA), this guide is complete with state-by-state charts breaking down specific, local regulations. Check out tables detailing:

• State minimum wage amounts
• State payment of wages (including payment of final wages)
• State direct deposit regulations



Tables of Contents

Wages and Hours – An Employer’s Guide

About the Firm
About the Authors
Chapter 1: Snapshot
Chapter 2: Overview
Chapter 3: Covered employers
Chapter 4: Workers not covered by the FLSA
Chapter 5: Leased or temporary employees
Chapter 6: White-collar exemptions
Chapter 7: Additional exemptions
Chapter 8: Non-exempt employees – minimum wage requirements
Chapter 9: Non-exempt employees – overtime compensation
Chapter 10: Non-exempt employees – what counts as “wages”?
Chapter 11 Non-exempt employees – determining work time
Chapter 12: Deductions from pay
Chapter 13: FLSA 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



Customer Reviews

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.



at Challenger, Gray & Christmas, Inc., Chicago, Illinois

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Law Firm: Fisher & Phillips LLP
Authors: Edwin G. Foulke, Jr.

Description

The Workplace Safety and Health Compliance Manual is the essential guide to understanding the OSH Act, OSHA standards, and employer obligations associated with safety and health in the workplace. This book covers topics such as: 

• Recordkeeping requirements
• Reporting requirements
• Inspections
• Citations and civil penalties
• Affirmative defenses 
• Development of a comprehensive health and safety program

In addition to 14 in-depth chapters, the guide provides 31 appendices to help employers stay in compliance with the OSH Act, including:

• Development of a comprehensive health and safety program
• Safety and inspection checklists
• Model hazard communication and lockout/tagout programs
• Sample forms (OSHA Form 300 and hazard assessment)
• State-specific contact information 
• Emergency action plan
• U.S. Department of Labor regional OSHA offices 

This publication was written by Ed Foulke, Jr., a partner with Fisher & Phillips LLP and former head of the Occupational Safety and Health Administration in Washington, DC.



Tables of Contents

Workplace Safety and Health Compliance Manual

About the Firm
About the Author
1. Snapshot
2. Introduction
3. Duties and responsibilities
4. Employer's general duty
5. OSHA recordkeeping requirements
6. Significant standards
7. Inspections
8. Citations and civil penalties
9. Settling citations
10. Procedural and affirmative defenses
11. Criminal penalties
12. Developing a comprehensive health and safety program
13. Whistleblower protection
14. Emergency response and preparedness
A. Required postings
B. OSHA Forms 300 and 300A
C. Reporting fatalities, hospitalization, amputation, loss of eye incidents
D. Partially exempt industries from OSHA recordkeeping requirements
E. Safety checklist
F. Inspection checklist
G. U.S. Department of Labor regional OSHA offices
H. Directory of states with approved occupational safety and health plans
I. State plan review commissions/boards
J. State plan notice of contest timeline
K. Safety and health management systems
L. Sample emergency action plan
M. Emergency action plan checklist
N. Safety and health policy
O. Model written hazard communication program
P. Time period for filing complaint under whistleblower statutes
Q. Company’s commitment to safety
R. Safety strategies
S. Model written lock out/tag out program
T. Hazard assessment form
U. Vaccination acknowledgment
V. National, regional, Local, and special emphasis inspection programs
W. OSHA’s frequently cited “low-hanging fruit” standards
X. OSHA Injury & Illness Recordability Worksheet
Y. Getting off OSHA’s Severe Violator’s Enforcement Program
Z. Union Representatives and Walk-around Inspections
AA. Safety-Incentive Programs
BB. Publishing worker injury data
CC. Handling violence in the workplace
DD. OSHA increases focus on safety for temporary employees
EE. Occupational injury and illness reporting policy



Customer Reviews

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.



at Challenger, Gray & Christmas, Inc., Chicago, Illinois