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Fair, square, & legal : safe hiring, managing & firing practices to keep you & your company out of court
Weiss, Donald H., 1936-
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Third edition.
Publication Information:
New York : American Management Association, [2000]

Physical Description:
viii, 372 pages : forms ; 24 cm
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Hamburg Library KF3457 .W45 2000 Adult Non-Fiction Open Shelf

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This updated book shows managers how to protect themselves and their companies from legal problems, and treat their employees fairly. It covers a broad range of employer-employee concerns, from hiring to on-the-job relations, to termination.

Author Notes

Donald H. Weiss, Ph.D., is president of Self-Management Communications, Inc. and has been a training and development executive and consultant for more than 30 years. In addition to consulting work, he has held management positions with Citicorp, Millers Mutual Insurance, and Equitable. He has many books include the first two editions of Fair, Square & Legal, Why Didn't I Say That?, Secrets of the Wild Goose, and The Self-Management Workshop: A Trainer's Guide. He lives in the St. Louis area.


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Booklist Review

"Ignorance of the law," says human resources executive Weiss, "is no defense." Though in the 1990s corporate employer and employee are aware of various laws and legislation concerning the workplace (witness over 25,000 wrongful-discharge cases pending in 1989), this dry yet useful tome is directed to managers who may not be cognizant of the exact do's and don'ts of hiring, managing, and firing. Neither OSHA (safety) nor ERISA (benefits) tenets are covered here; rather, Weiss--rightfully having consulted a practicing attorney--focuses on potentially litigious issues such as harassment and discrimination, slander and defamation, and breach of contract, among others. Case law is duly cited, as are examples of suits and court actions. In the end, Weiss admits it's symptomatic of a complex and litigious society that acronyms govern companies and workers instead of the golden rule; nonetheless, this provides fair and understandable guidelines by which to conduct business. ~--Barbara Jacobs

Library Journal Review

America's disgruntled employees increasingly dispute their bosses' personnel decisions. And they no longer just grouse, grieve, or quit: they sue. In 1988, courts awarded workers over $70 million in wrongful-discharge and breach-of-con tract suits against U.S. business. Weiss has written a manager's guide through the thicket of law and regulation dealing with recruitment, interviews, sexual discrimi nation and harassment, performance re views, discipline, privacy, and termination. In everyday English, Weiss reviews the law (including the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990 and recent enactments protecting people with AIDS), defines key legal terms, and suggests ways managers can handle personnel actions that might otherwise get them in trouble. Weiss accompanies each topic with relevant cases and provides an appropriate amount of legal citation. Recommended for collections in employment law and labor relations.-- Michael Stevenson, Harvard Business Sch. Lib. (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

Table of Contents

Preface to the Fourth Editionp. vii
Acknowledgmentsp. x
Introductionp. 1
I Safe Hiring Practicesp. 13
1 Safe Recruiting Practicesp. 23
2 Safe Interviewing Practicesp. 35
3 Safe Employment Decisionsp. 53
4 Preventing Sex Discrimination in Hiringp. 69
5 Preventing Negligent Hiringp. 89
II Safe Management Practicesp. 99
6 Safe Evaluations and Promotionsp. 105
7 Safe Management, the Right to Privacy, and Defamationp. 126
8 Safe Management of Family and Medical Leavep. 162
9 Preventing Sex Discrimination and Sexual Harassment on the Jobp. 178
10 Mismanaging People with Disabilitiesp. 212
11 Employee Action Rights and Labor Lawsp. 233
12 The Uniformed Services Employment and Reemployment Rights Act of 1994 (USERRA, 38 U.S.C. [sections] 4301-4333)p. 246
III Safe Firing Practicesp. 255
13 Safe Discipline and Firing Practicesp. 263
14 Public Policyp. 283
15 Managing a Reduction in Forcep. 299
16 Safe Management of Older Employeesp. 305
Appendix What Civil Rights and Other Personal Protection Laws Sayp. 327
Indexp. 367

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