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Your rights in the workplace
Repa, Barbara Kate.
Personal Author:
Sixth edition.
Publication Information:
Berkeley, Calif. : Nolo, [2002]

Physical Description:
1 volume (various pagings) : illustrations ; 23 cm
General Note:
Includes index.
Format :


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The most complete guide available to workplace laws, Your Rights in the Workplace is essential for every employee.

In plain English, the book covers an employee's rights on the job, from hiring and getting paid to privacy and firing. Readers learn everything they need to know about:
-- illegal firings and layoffs
-- challenging a job loss
-- wages and hours
-- family and medical leave
-- on the job safety and health
-- insurance and retirement
-- workplace testing
-- sexual harassment and discrimination
-- and much more

The 6th edition is revised and updated to reflect current legislation and case law.

Table of Contents

1 Your Rights in the Workplace
A. Analyzing Your Optionsp. 2
B. Talking It Over With Your Employerp. 3
C. Documenting the Problemp. 4
D. Considering Legal Actionp. 5
2 Wages and Hours
A. The Fair Labor Standards Actp. 3
B. Rights Under the FLSAp. 8
C. Calculating Your Payp. 20
D. Calculating Workhoursp. 21
E. State and Local Lawsp. 30
F. Payroll Withholding and Deductionsp. 67
G. Enforcing Your Right to Be Paid Fairlyp. 79
H. Filing a Complaint or Lawsuitp. 79
I. Violations of State and Local Lawsp. 82
3 Health Insurance
A. No Legal Right to Coveragep. 2
B. Coverage for Current Employeesp. 3
C. Coverage for Former Employeesp. 6
D. Individual Health Insurancep. 9
E. State Laws on Insurance Continuationp. 10
F. Utilization Reviewp. 22
4 Family and Medical Leave
A. The Family and Medical Leave Actp. 2
B. State Laws on Family Leavep. 12
C. The Pregnancy Discrimination Actp. 21
D. Balancing Work and Family: Other Ways to Copep. 23
5 Privacy Rights
A. Your Personnel Recordsp. 2
B. Workplace Testingp. 24
C. Surveillance and Monitoringp. 48
D. Searches and Seizuresp. 54
E. Clothing and Grooming Codesp. 54
F. Conduct Codesp. 56
6 Health and Safety
A. The Occupational Safety and Health Actp. 2
B. Enforcing OSHA Rightsp. 5
C. Criminal Actions for OSHA Violationsp. 13
D. State and Local Health and Safety Lawsp. 13
E. Tobacco Smoke in the Workplacep. 24
F. Pesticide Lawsp. 39
G. Hazardous Substances Lawsp. 39
H. Violence in the Workplacep. 40
7 Illegal Discrimination
A. Title VII of the Civil Rights Actp. 3
B. State and Local Anti-Discrimination Lawsp. 14
C. The Equal Pay Actp. 27
D. The Age Discrimination in Employment Actp. 31
E. The Older Workers Benefit Protection Actp. 33
F. The Americans with Disabilities Actp. 35
G. Discrimination Against Workers With HIV or AIDSp. 45
H. Discrimination Against Gay and Lesbian Workersp. 46
8 Sexual Harassment
A. The Effects of Sexual Harassmentp. 3
B. Federal Lawp. 4
C. State Lawsp. 6
D. Taking Steps to End Sexual Harassmentp. 7
E. Where to Get More Informationp. 11
9 Losing or Leaving a Job
A. The Doctrine of Employment at Willp. 2
B. When a Firing May Be Illegalp. 3
C. Employees' Rightsp. 18
D. Finding Out the Reasonp. 18
E. Getting Documentationp. 21
F. Waiving Your Right to Suep. 33
G. Taking Action Against Your Dismissalp. 34
H. Plant Closingsp. 36
10 After a Job Loss
A. Your Final Paycheckp. 2
B. Severance Payp. 8
C. Getting Referencesp. 9
D. Collecting Fringe Benefitsp. 11
E. Outplacement Programsp. 12
F. Replacing Your Incomep. 14
G. Agreements Not to Competep. 17
H. Blacklistingp. 19
11 Unemployment
A. Who Is Coveredp. 2
B. Being Disqualified for Benefitsp. 3
C. Calculating Your Benefitsp. 5
D. Filing a Claimp. 8
E. Appealing Benefit Decisionsp. 12
12 Workers' Compensation
A. Who Is Coveredp. 3
B. Conditions Coveredp. 3
C. The Right to Medical Carep. 7
D. Filing a Workers' Compensation Claimp. 8
E. Calculating Benefitsp. 8
F. Penalties for Retaliationp. 10
G. Related Lawsuits for Work Injuriesp. 20
13 Social Security Disability Insurance
A. Who Is Coveredp. 2
B. Disabilities Coveredp. 4
C. Dependents Entitled to Benefitsp. 7
D. Filing a Social Security Claimp. 7
E. Appealing a Denied Claimp. 10
F. Collecting Other Benefitsp. 11
14 Retirement Plans
A. Social Security Retirement Benefitsp. 2
B. Private Pensionsp. 4
C. Where to Get More Informationp. 11
D. 401(k) Deferred Compensation Plansp. 11
15 Labor Unions
A. Federal Lawsp. 2
B. State Lawsp. 5
C. The Bargaining Unitp. 5
D. Types of Union Work Situationsp. 7
E. Union Electionsp. 7
F. The Right to Unionizep. 8
G. The Right to De-Unionizep. 11
H. Where to Get More Helpp. 12
16 Immigration Issues
A. Federal Lawp. 2
B. Documentation Required to Work in the U.S.p. 3
C. Illegal Discriminationp. 4
D. English-Only Rulesp. 5
17 Lawyers and Legal Research
A. Mediation and Arbitrationp. 2
B. Small Claims Courtp. 3
C. Class Action Lawsuitsp. 4
D. Hiring a Lawyerp. 5
E. Legal Researchp. 10
Civil Rightsp. 3
Disabled Workersp. 3
Discriminationp. 4
Family Issuesp. 4
Gay and Lesbianp. 5
Health Insurancep. 5
Immigrationp. 6
Labor Departmentsp. 6
State Labor Departmentsp. 6
Legal Referralsp. 11
Mediation and Arbitrationp. 11
Miscellaneous Workplace Issuesp. 11
Older Workersp. 12
Retirement Plans and Pensionsp. 12
Safety and Health Issuesp. 12
Unionsp. 13
Women's Issuesp. 14