The Essential Guide to Federal Employment Laws

The Essential Guide to Federal Employment Laws

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Quick answers to questions about 20 Key Employment Laws

This book explains, in plain English, the 20 most important federal employment laws that come up in the workplace. You can look up what each law allows and prohibits, which businesses must comply, and how to fulfill record-keeping, posting, and reporting requirements. Each chapter covers one law, including:

  • Americans with Disabilities Act
  • Age Discrimination in Employment Act
  • Fair Labor Standards Act
  • Family and Medical Leave Act
  • Immigration Reform and Control Act
  • Fair Credit Reporting Act
  • Pregnancy Discrimination Act
  • Equal Pay Act
  • Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964
  • Older Workers Benefit Protection Act, and
  • Uniformed Services Employment and Reemployment Rights Act.

The 6th edition is updated to reflect the latest Supreme Court cases, government regulations, and state laws. Every employer and HR professional should keep it close at hand.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781413326154
Publisher: NOLO
Publication date: 04/30/2019
Edition description: Sixth Edition
Pages: 512
Sales rank: 753,721
Product dimensions: 6.90(w) x 8.90(h) x 1.10(d)

About the Author

Lisa Guerin is the author or co-author of several Nolo books, including The Manager's Legal Handbook, Dealing with Problem Employees, The Essential Guide to Federal Employment Laws, Workplace Investigations, and Create Your Own Employee Handbook. 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.

Sachi Barreiro is a legal editor at Nolo specializing in employment law and workers’ compensation law. Before joining Nolo, Sachi practiced law for several years in San Francisco, first representing injured plaintiffs in personal injury lawsuits, then advising businesses on employment and corporate matters. Sachi received her law degree from the University of San Francisco School of Law, where she graduated magna cum laude.

Table of Contents

1. Age Discrimination in Employment Act (ADEA)
2. Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990 (ADA)
3. Consolidated Omnibus Budget Reconciliation Act (COBRA)
4. Employee Polygraph Protection Act (EPPA)
5. Equal Pay Act (EPA)
6. Fair Credit Reporting Act (FCRA)
7. Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA)
8. Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA)
9. Genetic Information Nondiscrimination Act (GINA)
10. The Immigration Reform and Control Act of 1986 (IRCA)
11. National Labor Relations Act (NLRA)
12. The Occupational Safety and Health Act (OSH Act)
13. Older Workers Benefit Protection Act (OWBPA)
14. Personal Responsibility and Work Opportunity Reconciliation Act (PRWORA)
15. Pregnancy Discrimination Act (PDA)
16. The Sarbanes-Oxley Act of 2002 (SOX)
17. Civil Rights Act of 1866 (Section 1981)
18. Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 (Title VII)
19. Uniformed Services Employment and Reemployment Rights Act (USERRA)
20. Worker Adjustment and Retraining Notification Act (WARN)
A. Federal and State Agencies
B. SHRM and Nolo Resources

What People are Saying About This

"Compliance sections in each chapter help employers understand what they must report, the records they must keep, and what penalties might befall them if they fail to comply." Library Journal"[This] clear, informative condensation of this vast and complex subject is probably the best available..." American Reference Books Annual
"A very thorough, very usable handbook for HR. " Attorney Maria Greco Danaher,Chair, Employment and Labor Law Group,Dickie, McCamey & Chilcote, PC


Navigating an employer’s obligations under federal employments laws can be confusing and overwhelming. The FMLA, ADA, FLSA, NLRA – it can be difficult just to keep the acronyms straight! This book will help managers, HR professionals, business owners, and others understand how the most important national employment laws work. It breaks down 20 key laws, chapter by chapter, and points out differences in state laws with 50-state charts.

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