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The Manager's Guide to HR, 2nd Edition

Book Description

Managing people is a tricky business—and managers and small business owners need a clear understanding of the essentials of human resources to survive. The original edition of The Manager’s Guide to HR provided readers with a plain-English introduction to the regulations, rights, and responsibilities related to hiring and firing, benefits, compensation, documentation, performance evaluations, training, and more. But much has changed since then. Extensively revised, the second edition covers all the key areas and brings readers up to speed on current developments in employment law, including: • How social media is changing the recruitment landscape • Shifting labor standards regarding compensation and benefits • The National Labor Relations Board’s stance on work-related employee speech on social media • The Employee Retirement Income Security Act • New record-keeping requirements • Amendments to the Family and Medical Leave Act and the Americans with Disabilities Act • And more Featuring step-by-step guidance on everything from COBRA compliance to privacy issues, this trusted resource is now—once again—the most up to date.

Table of Contents

  1. Cover
  2. Title
  3. Copyright
  4. Contents
  5. Preface
  6. Chapter 1: Hiring
    1. Introduction
    2. Defining the Job
    3. Writing the Job Description
    4. Recruiting
    5. Interviewing
    6. Verifying Employment Eligibility
  7. Chapter 2: Performance Evaluations
    1. Introduction
    2. The Job Description
    3. Employee Self-Review
    4. Specificity
    5. Structured Performance Reviews and Discrimination
  8. Chapter 3: Training
    1. Introduction
    2. Purpose
    3. Strategy
    4. Safety
    5. Sexual and Other Forms of Harassment
    6. Training Records
  9. Chapter 4: Benefits
    1. Introduction: The Family and Medical Leave Act
    2. Covered Entities
    3. The Twelve-Month Period
    4. Notices
    5. Scheduling the Leave
    6. The Workweek
    7. Employee Eligibility
    8. Eligible Reasons for Leave
    9. Unpaid Nature of Leave
    10. Maintaining Health Benefits
    11. Serious Health Conditions
    12. Health Care Provider
    13. Key Employees
    14. The Employee Retirement Income Security Act of 1974 (ERISA)
    15. The Consolidated Omnibus Budget Reconciliation Act of 1985 (COBRA)
    16. The Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act of 1996—Preexisting Conditions
    17. The Uniformed Services Employment and Reemployment Rights Act of 1994 (USERRA)
  10. Chapter 5: Compensation
    1. Introduction
    2. Minimum Wage and Overtime
    3. Compensable Hours
    4. The Equal Pay Act: Equal Pay for Men and Women
    5. Child Labor
    6. Coverage
    7. Benefits and Payroll Practices Not Covered by the FLSA
    8. Exempt vs. Nonexempt Status Under the FLSA
    9. Wage and Hour Violations
  11. Chapter 6: Employment Laws
    1. Introduction
    2. Key Federal Employment Laws
    3. Prohibited Acts
    4. Enforcement Mechanisms
    5. Proof of Discrimination
    6. Title VII Remedies
    7. Federally Protected Classes
    8. The Americans with Disabilities Act
    9. State and Local Protected Classes
  12. Chapter 7: Hot-Button Issues: Sexual Harassment and Workplace Violence
    1. Sexual Harassment: Introduction
    2. Sexual Harassment Defined
    3. The Faragher-Ellerth Defense
    4. The Investigation
    5. Workplace Violence
  13. Chapter 8: Privacy Issues
    1. Introduction
    2. Background Checks
    3. Medical Information During the Hiring Process
    4. The Employee Polygraph Protection Act of 1988
    5. Monitoring Employees in the Workplace
    6. The National Labor Relations Act and Monitoring Employee Behavior
    7. Surveillance, Searches, and Other Intrusions
    8. Invasion of Privacy
    9. Defamation, Libel, and Slander
    10. Intentional Infliction of Emotional Distress or Outrage
    11. False Imprisonment
  14. Chapter 9: Firing and Separation
    1. Introduction
    2. Policy Statements May Alter At-Will Employment
    3. How to Reestablish the At-Will Privilege
    4. Progressive Discipline
    5. The Termination Session
    6. Wrongful Discharge
    7. The Worker Adjustment and Retraining Notification Act
  15. Chapter 10: Documentation and Records Retention
    1. Introduction
    2. Personnel Records in General
    3. Medical Information
    4. Other Documents That Should Not Be Kept in a Personnel File
    5. EEOC Minimum Document Retention Rules Under Title VII
    6. Document Retention Policies
    7. OSHA Recordkeeping
  16. Index