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Manager's Guide to HR: Hiring, Firing, Performance Evaluations, Documentation, Benefits, and Everything Else You Need to Know


The Manager's Guide to HR: Hiring, Firing, Performance Evaluations, Documentation, Benefits, and Everything Else You Need to Know
By Max Muller

2009, 300 pages, Hardcover
ISBN: 978-0-8144-1076-9
SHRMStore Item #: 61.15008

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A thorough and accessible guide, The Manager's Guide to HR gets right to the point on dozens of major topics, hot-button issues, and common misconceptions. The book provides a litany of dos and don'ts to follow regarding:

  • Hiring. How to write the perfect job description, then recruit, interview, and check the eligibility of candidates.
  • Training. How to make sure your employees have everything they need to do their jobs well, safely, and legally -- and how to document it all. Includes information on sexual harassment training.
  • Compensation. How the Fair Labor Standards Act and Equal Pay Act affect your business, how overtime must be calculated, and how to avoid violating these seemingly complex regulations.
  • Benefits. The nuts and bolts of healthcare coverage, life insurance, the Family and Medical Leave Act, COBRA, leave eligibility, and much more.
  • Employment Law. An overview of federal laws, what they protect against, and how they are enforced, and what compensation may be required when they are broken. Includes key information on federal, state, and local protected classes.
  • Sexual Harassment and Workplace Violence. Detailed definitions and case law examples to prevent your company from allowing harassment, and necessary precautions, documentation, training, and reporting pertaining to violence or the threat of violence.
  • Privacy. What you are and are not entitled to know when conducting background checks, how (and how closely) you can monitor your employees, and what constitutes an invasion of privacy. Plus valuable information on defamation, intentional provocation, and much more.
  • Performance Evaluation. How to bring your appraisal, the employee's self-review, and the job description together to create a fair, consistent, and effective evaluation.
  • Termination and Separation. What does at-will employment mean? Right and wrong ways to fire an employee, how to use progressive discipline, what you need to know about the Worker Adjustment and Retraining Notification Act, and much more.

Finally, The Manager's Guide to HR gives you step-by-step instructions for documenting everything and keeping bulletproof records. You'll learn the elements of a well-kept and up-to-date personnel file, including what records should not be kept in that file. The book also includes sample documents from OSHA and other regulatory agencies, with thorough explanations of their purpose and value to you, your company, and your employees.

Co-published with AMACOM.

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 About the Author

Max Muller is an attorney and consultant focusing on providing practical solutions in the areas of workplace legalities, including EEO, sexual harassment, FMLA, ADA, COBRA, FLSA, ADEA, OSHA, handbooks and procedures, legally firing employees, document management, and retention.

 Table of Contents


Chapter 1. Hiring

Chapter 2. Performance Evaluations

Chapter 3. Training

Chapter 4. Benefits

Chapter 5. Compensation: The Fair Labor Standards Act

Chapter 6. Employment Laws

Chapter 7. Hot Button Issues: Sexual Harassment and Workplace Violence

Chapter 8. Privacy Issues

Chapter 9. Firing and Separation

Chapter 10. Documentation and Records Retention


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