Employment Law: The Essential HR Desk Reference

Employment Law: The Essential HR Desk Reference

by Lisa Guerin

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If you're a human resources professional, it's important that you have quick access to the information you need to do your job. Enter Nolo's latest quick reference guide, Employment Law: The Essential HR Desk Reference, the all-in-one, easy-to-read guide every HR pro should have handy.

From Absenteeism to Zero-Tolerance Policy, read entries on topics such as:
  • Bereavement Leave
  • Class Action
  • Ergonomics
  • Hostile Work Environment
  • Minimum Wage
  • Privacy
  • Stock Options
  • Trade Secret
  • Whistleblower
  • ...and much more

    In usual Nolo fashion, Employment Law combines legal and practical information that can be used in real-world HR situations. Real-life case references, statistics, trends, and even pop culture references help to illustrate each entry's summary of the law. Let this guide, the latest in Nolo's Quick Reference series, give you easy and affordable access to the information you need.
  • Product Details

    ISBN-13: 9781413315936
    Publisher: NOLO
    Publication date: 03/21/2011
    Sold by: Barnes & Noble
    Format: NOOK Book
    Pages: 367
    Sales rank: 278,911
    File size: 3 MB

    About the Author

    Guerin, an editor/author specializing in employment law, is author or co-author of several Nolo books, including The Manager's Legal Handbook, Dealing with Problem Employees, Nolo's Essential Guide to Federal Employment Laws, Workplace Investigations, Create Your Own Employee Handbook, and Nolo's Guide to California Law. Guerin has practiced employment law in government, public interest, and private practice where she represented clients at all levels of state and federal courts and in agency proceedings. She is a graduate of Boalt Hall School of Law at the University of California at Berkeley.

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    Employment Law: The Essential HR Desk Reference 4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 9 reviews.
    gl More than 1 year ago
    I've used several NOLO books and have found them to be consistently useful, informative and well researched. Generally, these NOLO resource books are helpful both to laypersons and lawyers. The Employment Law: The Essential HR Desk Reference seems to target HR professionals more than lawyers. The Desk Reference isn't arranged according to topic but instead covers main concepts and terms in alphabetical order. The terms are covered carefully and with some of the most recent case law to give the reader/user a fuller understanding of each topic. But the HR Desk Reference should be used for a better understanding of the concepts and recent jurisprudence and should be relied upon hand in hand with specific advice from a lawyer. I'm not a HR Professional and requested the book in order to get a better understanding of the concepts in employment law and HR - from an employee and small business owner's point of view. I found the book helpful for my purposes. Considering that Employment Law: The Essential HR Desk Reference is sold for $49.99, while it is useful, I feel that the other NOLO publications that I've read and used offer better value.
    NathanaelS on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
    This is not a normal Nolo guide. Instead it is an alphabetical encyclopedia of legal issues and how to deal with them. This makes it a very good quick reference tool rather than textbook on the issues of employment law. It is very well written and laid out so you can find what you need very easily. While it is difficult to review a topical reference work, I've now had enough time to use several portions of the book and found it very user friendly and the information is solid. As usual, Nolo has done a very good job creating a reference tool which is practical for the average business person who doesn't have time to read an entire book on employment law and HR.
    skippersan on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
    Lisa Guerin, J.D., does a great job explaining legal and legalistic terms in simple language. She cuts through the complexities of issues and gets to the points that people in Human Resources departments need to know. This book calls itself a "Desk Reference," and that is exactly what it is. It is a reference work, like a small encyclopedia, containing short articles arranged alphabetically by topic. As such, however, it has the drawback of all encyclopedias: it doesn't have an overview, or a big-picture account of employment law (if such a thing is even possible). It doesn't for instance, offer a step-by-step procedure for handling an EEOC complaint, nor does it offer suggestions about how to structure the hiring process to minimize the likelihood of provoking such a complaint. Thus, it is not the sort of book one would use in planning or designing policies. One would mostly need it when trying to understand some scary-looking letter one has just received from a lawyer. Still, for the purposes it envisions, it seems quite valuable. One complaint I have, that ought to be be addressed in any new editions, is that it is not cross-referenced. When reading about one topic, several other legal concepts will be invoked. Only if one recognizes those concepts as legalese, would one think to look them up. It would be very useful to indicate any terms defined elsewhere in the book, say by putting the defined concepts in boldface. One feature of the book I like very much is that the reader can approach a topic from different standpoints. For instance, I would not, in the normal course of my day, think to look up the expression "Title VII," but if that scary letter has just mentioned a "Title VII" issue, I can turn to this book. I might, however, out of curiosity or concern look up "discrimination," without being prompted by a lawyer. By looking up either expression, I will quickly find the important articles, but the one under "discrimination" gives two very clear examples that illustrate the difference between legal and illegal discrimination. And that kind of information is much more satisfying, given the sort of question that probably prompted me to look up "discrimination" in the first place.
    mimsy_jess on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
    I recommend this book for HR department reference, junior-level HR professionals and non-HR managers. It provides easy reference to common HR terms and laws. The book cites the laws and cases to which it refers, providing information above that of a glossary or list of definitions. The break-out articles provide interesting real-world examples, histories, etc.
    editfish on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
    This book should within arm's reach of every HR person in the country. It provides a detailed explanation of many issues that arise in conjunction with hiring new employees, retaining current ones, separation and retirement. From Dress Codes to Workplace Violence to Domestic Violence Leave, your HR person will be more confident that they are safely making sounds decisions. The definitions are clear, and give precise examples of situations regarding compliance and noncompliance. It'll pay for itself the first time it helps you clear up or avoid getting into a sticky issue.
    lloannna on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
    I received this book through the LT Early Reviewers program.This seems like a great book for HR and management-level employees - each entry is brief but thorough, and the entries for topics I'm familiar with as an HR employee are pretty much exactly what I'd be looking to give someone if I needed to explain those topics. I really enjoyed the case studies, as well; I was surprised to see cases I haven't heard through general seminars offered on those topics. I also enjoyed the tone of the book; it's not boring or dry at all, but it is professional.The only minuses, as far as I'm concerned - no index (this is more a matter of just "whoa, no index" - I don't think it's a serious difficulty) and lots and lots of advertising material in the back for other Nolo products.In any case - obviously, if you have a real problem you need to talk your attorneys or senior HR professionals, but if you need a quick rundown of the current state of the law on a variety of personnel issues, this is a great source. I'd like to give one to each of the supervisors in my department.
    upstairsgirl on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
    This is an excellently put-together encyclopedia of employment-law concepts, terms, and issues. There's just enough detail to steer a person without a legal background in the right direction, without being overwhelming. The definitions are concise and clear, and the book allows the reader to develop an accurate vocabulary for seeking out additional, more detailed information on topics of interest.The book is somewhat limited by its format and audience. There are places where additional detail could be helpful, especially where laws and requirements differ state-by-state, and I think the book does a good job of identifying some of these situation, though it could do a little better. However, the book isn't intended to be either exhaustive or a substitute for a lawyer in situations where an employer needs actual legal advice, so this isn't so much a criticism as a caveat.The publisher, Nolo, also offers extensive online resources for people interested in human resources and employment law issues, and with the book these provide a really solid knowledge base for individuals working with employment issues on a small scale to do so intelligently and in an informed way. Altogether quite well done.
    fugitive on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
    This is another quality and useful reference book from NOLO Press. Its 357 pages consist of an "A to Z" list of definitions related to employment law from "absenteeism" to "zero tolerance policy." A number of the entries are about specific seminal court cases, e.g., Oncale v. Sundowner Offshore, Inc., in which the "U.S. Supreme Court decided for the first time that same-sex harassment is illegal under Title VII." Similar cases are liberally referenced, and described, throughout the text in order to illuminate a definition. For example, within the entry of the "Family and Medical Leave Act" the case Byrne v. Avon, Inc. takes up one page and is interestingly headed "Giving Notice by Falling Asleep." All terms covered are in the context of employment law and are not just generic definitions.I've used this phrase before, and will again: This is a typical NOLO high quality offering. I've reviewed about six of their works over the last year and only one was a mis-fire. This one is what it is and would be a good buy for any HR Department (of any size) as well as all public and many academic libraries (not going out on a limb with that recommendation which can be made about almost any NOLO book).
    BrucesBasementBooks on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
    Put it under the tree or in a stocking for your favorite HR person or manager.I approached this book by reviewing seven different HR situations I encountered in the last five years. In all but one case there was a clear answer or guidance that could have saved the employer both consternation and money. You don't tell a fifty-four year old licensed part-time employee that they are too old to work full time. Don't tell a three week new hire that an eyebrow piercing is cause for termination when a) it isn't covered in the contract, and b) 10% of your fourteen hundred employees have facial piercings. It is bad from for a government agency to pay a Per Diem employee for only four of the five days worked because, "we have always done it that way."In each of those cases, and the others I researched, Mangers and HR staff would have received the guidance they needed. This book is what it says it is. The Essential HR (Quick) Desk Reference to Employment Law. If nothing else, it helps the reader formulate the questions they ask counsel.