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Handling Personnel Issues in the Law Office: Your Legal Responsibilities as an Employer

By Francis T. Coleman & Douglas E. Rosenfeld

Lending Library Number: 23

Your guide to preventing workplace-related legal action
Law practices are just as vulnerable as any other business when it comes to workplace-related legal action. Unwary firms leave themselves open to a multitude of legal challenges from employees, including:

  • Wrongful discharge lawsuits
  • Breach of contract lawsuits
  • Employment discrimination charges
  • Sexual harassment complaints
  • Wage and hour claims

From recruitment and hiring to managing to termination of personnel, there are hidden landmines every step of the process. Handling Personnel Issues in the Law Office provides a road map to sidestepping the hazards and implementing sound personnel management procedures.

Quickly master the essentials of employment law
Your firm's legal responsibilities as an employer fall under a bewildering and almost overwhelming array of federal, state, and local laws, including:

  • The National Labor Relations Act (NLRA)
  • The Fair Standards Act
  • Title VII of the amended Civil Rights Act
  • All state and local anti-discrimination laws
  • The Age Discrimination in Employment Act (ADEA)
  • The Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA)
  • The Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA)
  • The Older Workers Benefit Protection Act (OWBPA)
  • The Worker Adjustment and Retraining Notification Act (WARN)
  • The Employee Retirement and Income Security Act (ERISA)
  • The Consolidated Omnibus Budget Reconciliation Act of 1985 (COBRA)
  • Plus a number of other employment-related laws.

Not surprisingly, few legal personnel administrators today have the formal education and training necessary to stay on top of these complex and far-reaching laws. Handling Personnel Issues in the Law Office brings you up to speed quickly on employment law and critical issues so you can be sure your firm's personnel practices are in compliance. And its refreshing, jargon-free explanations make it easy for non-legal personnel to understand this highly technical subject.

Institute policies and procedures that protect your firm from future litigation
Litigation-proof your personnel policies and procedures! Handling Personnel Issues in the Law Officeis packed with page after page of tips on "safely" recruiting, hiring, training, managing, and even terminating employees. Plus you'll learn how to formally institute office policies and procedures that follow employment law mandates by the book and publish them in your own firm manual. For your convenience, sample policies, forms, and documents are provided to help you jump-start your efforts.