May 19, 2010

Can I surf the Net to find information about a potential new hire? Is it reasonable to allow my employees to surf the Web during the lunch hour? Are there certain questions I can’t ask a job candidate? These are some of the topics explored by Polsinelli Shughart PC labor and employment attorneys in the updated 2010 Missouri Human Resources Manual. The Missouri Chamber of Commerce and Industry co-sponsors the manual, written in plain language, for HR professionals, managers and business owners.

“We are excited to have the opportunity to work again with the Missouri Chamber of Commerce to produce a thorough overview of the legal issues impacting Missouri employers,” said Polsinelli Shughart Labor and Employment Chair W. Terrence Kilroy. “The book is created with the employer in mind to address every day issues that arise in the workplace.”

The national Labor and Employment practice at Polsinelli Shughart consists of more than 29 attorneys practicing in Phoenix, Denver, Kansas City, St. Louis, Springfield and Chicago. Topics, written by the attorneys, covered in the 30 chapters include:

• Recruiting and hiring
• Immigration
• Affirmative Action
• Independent contractors
• Workplace investigations
• Discrimination
• Termination
• Plant closings and mass layoffs
• Social networking

You can purchase the book on the American Chamber of Commerce Resources Web site at for $150. A free digital download of the book, allowing you to
search the entire book on your computer, is available with your purchase. Also available is the Model Policy and Forms for Missouri Employers. This guide includes samples, forms and checklists used by employers.

For more information contact Public Relations Manager Heather McMichael, 816-395-0618,

About the firm

With more than 500 attorneys, Polsinelli Shughart PC ( is a national law firm that is a recognized leader in the areas of business litigation, financial services, real estate, business law, construction, life sciences, environmental and natural resources, health care, insurance coverage/bad faith, and labor and employment. Serving corporate, institutional and individual clients regionally, nationally and worldwide, Polsinelli Shughart is known for successfully applying forward-thinking strategies for both straightforward and complex legal matters. The firm has 16 offices located in Kansas City, St. Louis, Phoenix, Chicago, Denver, Washington, New York, Wilmington, Overland Park, St. Joseph, Springfield, Jefferson City, Topeka and Edwardsville