The Essential Guide to Federal Employment Laws

The Essential Guide to Federal Employment Laws

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The ultimate user-friendly Federal employment book!

The Essential Guide to Federal Employment Laws is a plain-English guide to the 20 most important federal laws dealing with employment issues. It provides all the information you need on each of the major federal employment laws, including the Fair Labor Standards Act, the Occupational Safety and Health Act, the Family and Medical Leave Act and more.

Each chapter covers a separate law, giving readers a digest of the law's most important features. Topics covered include:

  • which businesses must comply with the law
  • what each law allows and prohibits
  • where to find the text of the law
  • important court decisions about each law
  • practical tips to stay within the scope of the law
  • which federal agency enforces each law
  • resources for further research and information

    A must-have resource for reference librarians, human resources professionals and business owners. Readers will find out what is allowed and prohibited, what businesses must comply, practical tips to stay within the scope of the law, which federal agencies enforce the law - and more.
  • Product Details

    ISBN-13: 9781413326161
    Publisher: NOLO
    Publication date: 04/12/2019
    Sold by: Barnes & Noble
    Format: NOOK Book
    Pages: 512
    Sales rank: 700,003
    File size: 4 MB

    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


    Which Laws Your Company Must Follow 4

    Basic Compliance Tools 17

    If You Need More Information 24

    Updates 25

    1 Age Discrimination in Employment Act (ADEA)

    Overview of the ADEA 28

    How the ADEA Is Enforced 39

    Complying With the ADEA 40

    Agency Resources 42

    State Laws Relating to Age Discrimination 42

    2 Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990 (ADA)

    Overview of the ADA 44

    How the ADA Is Enforced 61

    Complying With the ADA 61

    Agency Resources 62

    State Laws Relating to Disability Discrimination 64

    3 Consolidated Omnibus Budget Reconciliation Act (COBRA)

    Overview of COBRA 66

    How COBRA Is Enforced 87

    Complying With COBRA 87

    Agency Resources 90

    State Laws Relating to Health Coverage Continuation 91

    4 Employee Polygraph Protection Act (EPPA)

    Overview of the EPPA 107

    Major Provisions of the EPPA 112

    How the EPPA Is Enforced 127

    Complying With the EPPA 128

    Agency Resources 131

    State Laws Relating to Polygraph Tests 131

    5 Equal Pay Act (EPA)

    Overview of the EPA 138

    How the EPA Is Enforced 145

    Complying With the EPA 146

    Agency Resources 148

    State Laws Relating to Equal Pay 148

    6 Fair Credit Reporting Act (FCRA)

    Overview of the FCRA 150

    Major Provisions of the FCRA 155

    How the FCRA Is Enforced 166

    Agency Enforcement 166

    Complying With the FCRA 166

    Agency Resources 168

    State Laws Relating to Credit Reporting 169

    7 Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA)

    Overview of the FLSA 172

    Major Provisions of the FLSA 179

    How the FLSA Is Enforced 191

    Complying With the FLSA 193

    Agency Resources 195

    State Laws Relating to Wages and Hours 196

    8 Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA)

    Overview of the FMLA 216

    MajorProvisions of the FMLA 221

    How the FMLA Is Enforced 244

    Complying With the FMLA 244

    Agency Resources 247

    State Laws Relating to Family and Medical Leave 248

    9 Genetic Information Nondiscrimination Act (GINA)

    Overview of GINA 258

    Major Provisions of GINA 261

    How GINA Is Enforced 267

    Complying With GINA 267

    Agency Resources 268

    State Laws Relating to Genetic Discrimination 268

    10 The Immigration Reform and Control Act of 1986 (IRCA)

    Overview of IRCA 270

    Major Provisions of IRCA 276

    How IRCA Is Enforced 284

    Complying With IRCA 285

    Agency Resources 287

    State Laws Relating to Immigration 287

    11 National Labor Relations Act (NLRA)

    Overview of the NLRA 290

    Major Provisions of the NLRA 297

    How the NLRA Is Enforced 309

    Complying With the NLRA 310

    Agency Resources 312

    State Right-to-Work Laws 312

    12 The Occupational Safety and Health Act (OSH Act)

    Overview of the OSH Act 316

    Major Provisions of the OSH Act 320

    How the OSH Act Is Enforced 327

    Complying With the OSH Act 328

    Agency Resources 330

    State Laws Relating to Occupational Safety and Health 331

    13 Older Workers Benefit Protection Act (OWBPA)

    Overview of OWBPA 334

    Major Provisions of OWBPA 338

    How OWBPA Is Enforced 351

    Complying With OWBPA 352

    Agency Resources 352

    State Laws Relating to Age Discrimination 353

    14 Personal Responsibility and Work Opportunity Reconciliation Act (PRWORA)

    Overview of PRWORA 356

    How PRWORA Is Enforced 361

    Complying With PRWORA 362

    Agency Resources 363

    State Laws Relating to New Hire Reporting 364

    15 Pregnancy Discrimination Act (PDA)

    Overview of the Pregnancy Discrimination Act 366

    How the Pregnancy Discrimination Act Is Enforced 372

    Complying With the Pregnancy Discrimination Act 372

    Agency Resources 373

    State Laws Relating to Pregnancy Discrimination 373

    16 The Sarbanes-Oxley Act of 2002 (SOX)

    Overview of SOX 376

    How SOX Is Enforced 384

    Complying With SOX 386

    Agency Resources 387

    State Laws Relating to Whistleblowers 388

    17 Civil Rights Act of 1866 (Section 1981)

    Overview of Section 1981 390

    How Section 1981 Is Enforced 397

    Complying With Section 1981 398

    State Laws Relating to Race Discrimination 399

    18 Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 (Title VII)

    Overview of Title VII 402

    How Title VII Is Enforced 414

    Complying With Title VII 415

    Agency Resources 416

    State Antidiscrimination Laws 417

    19 Uniformed Services Employment and Reemployment Rights Act (USERRA)

    Overview of USERRA 432

    Major Provisions of USERRA 438

    How USERRA Is Enforced 450

    Complying With USERRA 451

    Agency Resources 452

    State Laws Relating to Military Service 453

    20 Worker Adjustment and Retraining Notification Act (WARN)

    Overview of WARN 464

    How WARN Is Enforced 473

    Complying With WARN 474

    Agency Resources 475

    State Laws Relating to Plant Closings 475

    A Appendix A Federal and State Agencies

    Federal Agencies 486

    State Agencies 490

    B Appendix B SHRM and Nolo Resources

    SHRM and Nolo Resources 502

    SHRM Resources 502

    Nolo Resources 506


    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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