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Performance Appraisals: Missouri

Performance Appraisals 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 law does not generally require employee performance appraisals in private employment. Certain exceptions apply for employers such as in-home senior service providers and child-placing agencies. See Performance Appraisals Requirements.
  • Missouri law recognizes employee claims of defamation. However, employers may have a qualified privilege with respect to certain communications. See Defamation Concerns.
  • Missouri's service letter statute was enacted in response to employer blacklisting practices. See Blacklisting Prohibition and Service Letter Statute.
  • Missouri courts recognize negligent retention and supervision claims. See Negligent Retention Claims.