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A Manager's Guide to Employment Law: How to Protect Your Company and Yourself

ISBN: 978-0-7879-7065-9
208 pages
June 2003, Jossey-Bass
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Managers at all levels are constantly challenged to do more with fewer employees, to motivate diverse groups of people, and to face up to tough people problems in their workforces. An important key to managers' success is accomplishing these goals while protecting themselves and their companies from legal liability. Yet some in management tend to blame legal requirements for hindering progress toward solving problems. U.S. law, however, provides managers with broad discretion in many employment situations and in most cases helps ensure that managers perform their essential functions in a way that is fundamentally fair while still supporting company goals.

A Manager's Guide to Employment Law will help managers make day-to-day decisions on how best to manage their employees and handle issues of legal liability. Expert author Dana Muir identifies the subtle and unnecessary mistakes managers make that cause legal headaches and shows how becoming familiar with basic principles of employment law will enable them to develop an internal compass to help make the right decisions. Each chapter focuses on legal concepts of broad application in today's workplace, providing real examples of problems managers face and offering strategies for addressing those problems.

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Table of Contents

Series Foreword.


1. Employment Law from a Manager’s Perspective.

2. Selecting Employees.

3. Evaluating Employees.

4. Avoiding Discrimination.

5. Dealing with Disabilities and Lost Work Time.

6. Terminating Employees.


The Author.


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Author Information

Dana M. Muir is associate professor of business law at the University of Michigan Business School, where she teaches in executive education and the UMBS M.B.A. program. She was recently appointed delegate to the White House and Congressional National Savings Summits. Previously, she spent nine years in human resources at the Chrysler Corporation and practiced law at two large firms.
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"Managers face potential legal issues on a daily basis. If you manage people, you should read this book. At times it seems that employee advocacy and protecting company rights and assets are at odds with each other; this book offers a practical approach to attaining both simultaneously!"
— DeShawn Clayton, human resources manager, The Pepsi Bottling Group

"It's clear that experience and common sense are not enough to insure that you will avoid legal issues involving all the aspects of managing people. In A Manager's Guide to Employment Law, Dana Muir provides us with some compelling examples and clear explanations that underscore this point."
— John E. Brune, supervisor specialty engine and components, Powertrain R&D, Ford Motor Company

"Everyone who manages people will want to read this book. In today's work environment no manager can afford to make mistakes that result in legal liability."
— Jack Sinometti, Adjunct Professor of Executive Education, University of Michigan

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