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Employment Law for Human Resource Practice, 6th Edition
Author: David J. Walsh (Author)
Packed with cutting-edge cases and hands-on applications, Walsh’s EMPLOYMENT LAW FOR HUMAN RESOURCE PRACTICE, 6E explains the major issues and rules of employment law in understandable terms. You learn how laws impact your career, as a manager or employee. The text addresses legal issues for each stage of employment, from hiring and managing to firing. Current news stories, hypothetical situations, and real cases help you understand how legal concepts apply to the actual workplace. Each chapter ends with a summary of practical advice for managers. Coverage addresses the most important topics of employment law including the latest legislation, regulations and case law. You learn how to prevent discrimination and harassment, accommodate disabled employees, provide family and medical leave, comply with wage and hour laws, and avoid wrongful terminations and other common legal issues.
PART 1 Introduction to Employment Law 1
CHAPTER 1 Overview of Employment Law 3
CHAPTER 2 The Employment Relationship 3 7
CHAPTER 3 Overview of Employment Discrimination 71
PART 2 The Hiring Prosess 111
CHAPTER 4 Recruitment 113
CHAPTER 5 Background Checks, References, and Verifying Employment Eligibility 155
CHAPTER 6 Employment Tests 197
CHAPTER 7 Hiring and Promotion Decisions 233
PART 3 Managing a Diverse Workforce 279
CHAPTER 8 Harassment 281
CHAPTER 9 Reasonably Accommodating Disability and Religion 323
CHAPTER 10 Work-Life Conflicts and Other Diversity Issues 373
PART 4 Pay, Benefits, Terms and Conditions of Employment 415
CHAPTER 11 Wages, Hours, and Pay Equity 417
CHAPTER 12 Benefits 461
CHAPTER 13 Unions and Collective Bargaining 495
CHAPTER 14 Occupational Safety and Health 551
CHAPTER 15 Privacy on the Job 595
PART 5 Terminating Employment 635
CHAPTER 16 Terminating Individual Employees 63 7
CHAPTER 17 Downsizing and Post-Termination Issues 703
Glossary 7 45
Case Index 7 61
Subject Index 769
This is a book about employment law-the set of legal requirements that govern the workplace. A distinction is often made between «employment law” and <‘labor law;’ with the latter describing laws related to unions and collective bargaining, but I will generally use the term «employment law” to refer to both. This book has two main objectives. The first is to explain the major employment laws and types of legal claims faced by employers.
Which things are legal matters? What does the law say about those matters? How are cases decided? The second objective is to explain what employment law means for human resources practice. What is it that employers should be doing to comply with the law? What is the legal reasoning behind this practical advice?
Special Features of This Text Unique Employment Life Cycle Approach This dual purpose of understanding the substance of employment law and its implica-tions for human resources practice accounts for the way this book is organized. The first three chapters provide broad overviews. The remainder of the book traces the steps in the employment process and addresses the particular legal issues associated with them. We start with issues that lead up to hiring and promotion, including recruitment, interviewing, background checks, references, and employment testing. We then turn to a range of issues that arise when a person is on the job, including harassment, reasonable accommodation of disability, compensation, benefits, performance appraisal, and occupational safety and health.
The last two chapters of the book deal with issues related to the termination of employment.
This structure is intended to highlight the legal issues that managers regularly confront.
The employee life cycle approach to this text offers students the ability to understand the employment process, from beginning to end, while considering the legal environment and its implications for business success. Walsh’s personnel law book provides a solid foundation for students to successfully navigate the always changing and rarely certain areas of personnel law within an organization.
Professor Sarah Sanders Smith, SPHR, Purdue University Of all of the texts that I reviewed, this one has the most practical and usable advice for soon-be-HR practitioners. The life cycle approach is strong and the writing easy to read.
Nancy K. Lahmers, JD, The Ohio State University Practical Focus This book is full of advice for carrying out human resource activities in a lawful manner. These guidelines are general principles for sound human resources practice. They cannot be-and do not purport to be-specific legal advice for particular situations that you might encounter. Only a trained legal professional thoroughly familiar with the details of your case can provide the latter.
This text offers a unique human resources perspective of employment law that is typically not afforded attention in other comparable texts.
Dr. Kim LaFevor, Athens State University