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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.
  • Under Missouri law, employees are entitled to certain unpaid leaves, including crime victim leave, military service leave, and time off for jury duty and volunteer emergency responder service. See Attendance and Leave.