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The employer's legal handbook
Steingold, Fred S., 1936-
Personal Author:
Publication Information:
Berkeley, Calif. : Nolo, [2002]

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

Format :


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KF3455.Z9 S74 2002 Adult Non-Fiction Central Closed Stacks-Non circulating

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The most complete guide to an employer's legal rights and responsibilities, this book shows how to comply with workplace laws and regulations, run a safe and fair workplace and avoid lawsuits.

Author Notes

Fred Steingold practices law in Ann Arbor, Michigan

Table of Contents

1 Hiring
A. Legal Guidelines for Hiring Employees
B. Job Descriptions
C. Job Advertisements
D. Job Applications
E. Interviews
F. Testing
G. Investigations
H. Making a Job Offer
I. Rejecting Applicants
J. Tax Compliance
K. Immigration Law Requirements
L. New Hire Reporting Form
2 Personnel Practices
A. Employee Files
B. Employee Handbooks
C. Employee Performance Reviews
D. Disciplining Employees
3 Wages and Hours
A. The Fair Labor Standards Act
B. Pay Requirements
C. Calculating Pay
D. Calculating Workhours
E. Keeping Records
F. Child Labor
G. Payroll Withholding
4 Employee Benefits
A. Healthcare Coverage
B. Retirement Plans
C. Other Employee Benefits
5 Taxes
A. Employer Identification Numbers
B. Federal Employment Taxes
C. Federal Self-Employment Taxes
D. Federal Tax Deductions for Salaries and Other Expenses
E. Independent Contractors
F. Statutory Employees
6 Family and Medical Leave
A. Who Is Covered
B. Reasons for Taking a Leave
C. Scheduling Leave
D. Temporary Transfer to Another Job
E. Substituting Paid Leave
F. Advance Notice of Leave
G. Certification
H. Health Benefits
I. Returning to Work
J. Related Laws
K. Enforcement
7 Health and Safety
A. The Occupational Safety and Health Act
B. Getting Help
C. State OSHA Laws
D. Hazardous Chemicals
E. Workers' Compensation
F. Disease Prevention
G. Tobacco Smoke
H. Drug and Alcohol Abuse
I. Repetitive Stress Disorder
8 Illegal Discrimination
A. Title VII of the Civil Rights Act
B. Sexual Harassment
C. Age
D. Pregnancy
E. Citizenship
F. Gay and Lesbian Workers
G. State and Local Laws
9 Workers With Disabilities
A. The Americans with Disabilities Act
B. Businesses That Are Covered
C. Who Is Protected
D. Exceptions to Coverage
E. Providing Reasonable Accommodations
F. Workers With Emotional or Mental Impairments
G. Financial Assistance
H. Health and Safety Standards
I. Medical Exams
J. Enforcement
10 Termination
A. Wrongful Discharge Cases
B. Guarding Against Legal Claims
C. Guidelines for Firing Employees
D. Investigating Complaints Against Workers
E. Alternatives to Firing
F. The Firing Process
G. Heading Off Trouble
H. Final Paychecks
I. Continuing Health Insurance
J. Unemployment Compensation
K. Protecting Your Business Information
L. Handling Postemployment Inquiries
11 Independent Contractors
A. Comparing Employees and Independent Contractors
B. The IRS Rules
C. Workers Automatically Classified As Employees
D. State Laws
E. The Risks of Misclassification
F. Hiring Independent Contractors
12 Unions
A. The National Labor Relations Act
B. Unionizing a Workplace
C. Employer Rights and Limitations
D. Employee Rights and Limitations
E. Making Unions Unnecessary
13 Lawyers and Legal Research
A. Getting Help From a Lawyer
B. Paying a Lawyer
C. Resolving Problems With Your Lawyer
D. Legal Research
Appendix Resources
U.S. Department of Labor
State Labor Departments
State Agencies That Enforce Laws Prohibiting Discrimination in Employment