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Copyright/Reprint Policy for

: Photocopying an article
: Printing out a web page
: E-mailing an article
: Printing an article in your newsletter
: Putting an article on your website
: Contact us
: Resources you can share

SimplifyCompliance owns the copyright for all text, graphics, and other content on the, HR Hero, Employers Counsel Network, HR Laws, TrainingToday, and M. Lee Smith Publishers websites.

SimplifyCompliance provides the free information on these sites to be read by anyone, and the password-protected information to be read by subscribers to our newsletters or other customers who have paid to have access to the information. M. Lee Smith Publishers, a BLR brand, retains the copyright on all text and graphics. To use this information in any other way, you must strictly adhere to the following guidelines.

Reprinting or Redistributing Materials
We strive to provide you with valuable information, and you may want to share it with others. We consider that a compliment, and we'll try to work with you to let it happen. But at the same time, we have to protect our copyrighted work from unauthorized distribution.

Here are the rules that apply to all articles on the and the Employers Counsel Network, HR Laws, TrainingToday, and M. Lee Smith Publishers websites; the e-mail newsletters; and all HR Hero publications from M. Lee Smith Publishers and BLR:

Photocopying one of our articles, newsletters, or other publications is strictly prohibited without written permission.

Multiple printouts of a web page, PDF file, or other electronic publication is also prohibited without written permission. For example, you'd need permission to distribute copies to coworkers or hand them out in a meeting, training session, or classroom.

One printout of a web page. You don't need permission to print out a web page or e-mail message for your own use or to share with one other person.

Forwarding the e-mail newsletters. We're glad to have you forward our e-mail newsletters in their entirety. Be sure not to delete or change any of the text without permission.

E-mailing a link. You're welcome to send your friends or co-workers a link that will take them to an article in the free area of or Employment Law Post.

Do not share links to the Subscribers Area of The links to these articles will include "/lc" or your user name or password.

E-mailing an article. Except as described above, you need our permission before you e-mail one of our articles, newsletters, or other publications to anyone else. This includes individual articles as well as the Employment Law Letter. This restriction applies to individual e-mail messages as well as listservs, e-mail groups, news groups, web-based forums, intranets, and any other electronic medium.

Your company newsletter, etc.
You need our permission to include one of our articles in a company newsletter, training material, memo, or any other document or publication. To ask permission, send an e-mail to Please specify which article you'd like to use and explain what you'd like to do with it.

Your website
Using one of our articles.You need our prior permission to put the text of any article from, or any of our print or online publications on your website, intranet, database, discussion board, or any other system.

Linking to on your website. On your website or intranet, you're welcome to link to any article in the free area of as long as you don't frame our web page. (A frame means putting additional graphics or text above or next to our web page.)

  • If you want to use a framed link, you can request permission at the e-mail address below.
  • Linking to the Subscribers Area of is strictly prohibited. The links to these articles will include "/lc" or a user name or password.

Contact us
To ask permission to use one of our articles, send an e-mail to Please specify which article you'd like to use and explain what you'd like to do with it.

If you have any questions, just drop us a line at the e-mail address above.

M. Lee Smith Publishers LLC c/o Simplify Compliance, LLC
P.O. Box 5094
Brentwood, TN 37024-5094


Other resources you can share
HR Hero Line, Northern Exposure, or Diversity Insight. If you know anyone who might like to receive our free e-mail newsletters, please send them to

Multi-User Accounts. If you have coworkers who would benefit from your Employment Law Letter subscription, you should check out a Multi-User Account. It's an easy and economical way to share your newsletter, plus all the resources in the Subscribers Area of For more information, click here.