Book Title:

Manager’s Legal Handbook (Paperback)
by Lisa Guerin, Amy Delpo

Editorial Reviews:

Book Description

The quick reference to employment law for anyone who oversees workers.

Whether you’re managing workers or working in the HR department, The Manager’s Legal Handbook is the perfect introduction to supervising employees and independent contractors safely and legally.

Need some information about overtime? Want some useful ideas on workplace policies? Have a question about trade secrets and need the answer now? This one-of-a-kind book provides everything you need to stay within the bounds of the law, including:

* frequently asked questions

* concise articles

* helpful tips

* “lessons from the real world”

* dozens of resources, online and off

Designed for managers and supervisors who need answers quickly, as well as professionals pursuing a career in human resources, The Manager’s Legal Handbook covers hiring, firing and everything in between.

The 3rd edition is completely overhauled to provide quick answers to the questions that managers encounter every day. It includes updated 50-state legal charts and new sections on setting pay and communicating with employees.

Table of Contents


How to Use This Book, Additional Resources.

1. Hiring Employees

Advertisements, Interviews, Making Promises, Applicants With Disabilities, Testing Offer Letters, Written Employment Contracts, Young Workers.

2. Wage and Hour Law

The Fair Labor Standards Act, The Minimum Wage, Overtime, What Counts As an Hour Worked, Garnishments, Equal Pay, Employee Record Keeping.

3. Discrimination

Anti discrimination Laws: Race, Age, National Origin, Sexual Orientation, Disability, Sexual Harassment, Religion, Genetics, Exceptions.

4. Personnel Policies

The Legal Landscape, At-Will Employment, Employee Handbooks, Performance Evaluations, Preventing Sexual Harassment, Creating and Maintaining Personnel Files, Who Has a Right to See Personnel Files?

5. Leave Policies

Vacation and Sick Leave, Family and Medical Leave, Pregnancy and Parental Leave, Jury Duty and Voting Military Leave.

6. Privacy in the Workplace

The Right to Privacy, Background Checks, Testing Current Employees, Electronic Monitoring, Off-Duty Conduct, Workplace Searches.

7. Health and Safety

Health and Safety Laws, Workers’ Compensation, Smoking Drugs and Alcohol.

8. Unions

The National Labor Relations Act, Representation, Elections and Organizing Campaigns, Election Statements, Shop Talk, Union Shops and Union Dues, Collective Bargaining, Company Unions, and Employee Committees Strikes.

9. Independent Contractors

Classifying, Workers Benefits and Drawbacks, Important Documents, Written Agreements, Copyright Ownership.

10. Trade Secrets

Trade Secrets, Law Protecting Trade Secrets, Nondisclosure Agreements, Noncompete Agreements, Nonsolicitation Agreements, Hiring From Competitors.

11. Handling Workplace Problems

Disciplining Workers, Investigating Complaints, Retaliation, Workplace Violence, Liability for an Employee’s Bad Acts.

12. Firing and Layoffs

Illegal Reasons for Firing Employees, Firing Employees With Employment Contracts, Making the Decision to Fire, How to Fire Before Conducting Layoffs, Making the Cut, Conducting a Layoff.

13. Departing Workers

Talking About It, Health Insurance, Severance Releases, Unemployment Benefits.

Appendix: Employers’ Resources

Internet Resources, Federal Agencies, State Labor Departments, State Fair Employment Offices, State OSHA Offices.


About the Author

Lisa Guerin, Attorney. During her years as a law student at Boalt Hall School of Law at the University of California at Berkeley, Lisa worked for Nolo as a research and editorial assistant. After a stint as a staff attorney at the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit, Lisa worked primarily in the field of employment law, in both government and private practice. Lisa recently rejoined the staff at Nolo, where she is the co-author of Nolo’s Pocket Guide to California Law.

Amy DelPo, Attorney. Ms. DelPo is an author and consulting editor who specializes in employment and family law issues. She brings more than six years of criminal and civil law experience to her work at Nolo, having litigated cases in all levels of state and federal courts, including the California Supreme Court and the United States Supreme Court. Her real-world experience enriches her work at Nolo, where she has written numerous employment law titles, including The Performance Appraisal Handbook, Dealing with Problem Employees, and Create Your Own Employee Handbook. She is also the editor of Parent Savvy, a book that answers parent’s practical, financial, and legal questions. Ms. DelPo currently divides her time between writing on legal issues and chasing after her two busy children, Sophia and Charlie. Ms. DelPo received her law degree with honors from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.