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Employee Handbooks - Work Rules - Employee Conduct: Missouri

Employee Handbooks - Work Rules - Employee Conduct requirements for other states

Federal law and guidance on this subject should be reviewed together with this section.

Authors: Jason Janoski and Alan L. Rupe, Kutak Rock LLP


  • Missouri is an at-will employment state. See At-Will Employment.
  • An employer's handbook will generally not create an implied contract, but an employer should exercise caution and include in its handbook a disclaimer regarding at-will employment and a reservation of the employer's right to modify, change or ignore policies. See Implied Contracts.
  • Missouri law limits smoking in public places, with limited exceptions. See Smoking Law.
  • The Missouri Constitution prohibits nepotism in public employment. A violation will result in removal from office. See Nepotism.
  • Missouri has no law prohibiting drug or alcohol testing in a private workplace. See Drug and Alcohol Use and Testing.
  • Accrued but unused vacation time is generally not considered wages payable upon termination of employment. See Wage Payment.