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Essential Guide to Federal Employment Laws, 3d ed.


By Lisa Guerin and Amy DelPo

2011, 544 pages, Paperback

ISBN: 978-1-4133-1379-6

Item #: 61.14000-3


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Understand the 20 Key Federal Employment Laws

The Essential Guide to Federal Employment Laws is the book that every HR professional needs on his or her desktop. This one-of-a-kind guide covers 20 of the most important federal employment laws, providing plain-language explanations of what each law allows and prohibits, which businesses must comply, recordkeeping, posting and reporting requirements, penalties for violating the law—and more.

Coverage in each chapter includes:

• An overview of the law

• Major provisions of the law

• How the law is enforced

• How to comply with the law

• Agency resources

• Similar state laws

The Third Edition is fully up-to-date, including all of the 50-state charts in the book.

Co-published by SHRM and Nolo.


 Praise for the Book


"A very thorough, very usable handbook for HR."--Maria Greco Danaher, Chair, Employment and Labor Law Group, Dickie, McCamey & Chilcote, PC

"Keep this book on your desktop. It's the fastest way to figure out how the law applies to your office -- and explain it to employees in plain English. Worth ten times the price, it pays for itself the first time you use it."--Margie Mader-Clark, HR executive and best-selling author of The Job Description Handbook and The Progressive Discipline Handbook


 Table of Contents



Chapter 1. Age Discrimination in Employment Act (ADEA)

Chapter 2. Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990 (ADA)

Chapter 3. Consolidated Omnibus Budget Reconciliation Act (COBRA)

Chapter 4. Employee Polygraph Protection Act (EPPA)

Chapter 5. Equal Pay Act (EPA)

Chapter 6. Fair Credit Reporting Act (FCRA)

Chapter 7. Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA)

Chapter 8. Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA)

Chapter 9. Genetic Information Nondiscrimination Act (GINA)

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

Chapter 11. National Labor Relations Act (NLRA)

Chapter 12. The Occupational Safety and Health Act (OSH Act)

Chapter 13. Older Workers Benefit Protection Act (OWBPA)

Chapter 14. Personal Responsibility and Work Opportunity Reconciliation Act (PRWORA)

Chapter 15. Pregnancy Discrimination Act (PDA)

Chapter 16. The Sarbanes-Oxley Act of 2002 (SOX)

Chapter 17. Civil Rights Act of 1866 (Section 1981)

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

Chapter 19. Uniformed Services Employment and Reemployment Rights Act (USERRA)

Chapter 20. Worker Adjustment and Retraining Notification Act (WARN)

Appendix A: Federal and State Agencies

Appendix B: SHRM and Nolo Resources



 About the Authors

Lisa Guerin is an attorney and editor at Nolo specializing in employment law. She is the author or co-author of several books, including The Essential Guide to Workplace Investigations and Create Your Own Employee Handbook.  

Amy DelPo is an attorney, author and consulting editor who specializes in employment and family law issues. She is the author or co-author of several employment law books, including The Performance Appraisal Handbook, Dealing with Problem Employees, and Create Your Own Employee Handbook.