Employment Law Manual: Recruitment, Selection, Termination.
Author: Gerard P. Panaro
Publisher: Warren, Gorham & Lamont Inc., 210 South Street, Boston, MA 02111; 1990, 543 pages, hardback: $96 Reviewer: Kurt H. Decker; Attorney with Stevens and Lee in Reading, PA, specializing in employment law
A century ago, employees had few or no workplace rights. Today, one of the most rapidly evolving subjects in law is individual employee rights. Statutory protections and judicial erosion of the at-will employment At-will employment is a doctrine of American law that defines an employment relationship in which either party can terminate the relationship with no liability if there was no express contract for a definite term governing the employment relationship. relationship have given employees better job security.
In this age of expanded employee rights, employers need reference sources to help them recruit, select, and terminate employees without creating legal problems. Employment Law Manual is such a reference.
The book is primarily directed at human resource professionals and others who deal with personnel matters. Employment law attorneys make up a secondary audience who can use the book in advising clients. Panaro encourages all who deal with employment issues to view them as bases for potential litigation An action brought in court to enforce a particular right. The act or process of bringing a lawsuit in and of itself; a judicial contest; any dispute.
When a person begins a civil lawsuit, the person enters into a process called litigation. and to act in the best possible defensive manner to minimize or avoid such risks.
The manual's guiding principle is practicality. It offers advice and suggestions, including lists of dos and don'ts; checklists; and sample language for contract clauses, handbook provisions, waivers, disclaimers, and consents. In many cases, sample clauses are quoted verbatim ver·ba·tim
Using exactly the same words; corresponding word for word: a verbatim report of the conversation.
adv. from the legal decisions in which they were at issue.
Panaro provides an up-to-date summary by focusing on individual employee rights issues of greatest concern to employers. He discusses principles that apply to advertising, applications, and interviews; employment law problems arising from defamation defamation
In law, issuance of false statements about a person that injure his reputation or that deter others from associating with him. Libel and slander are the legal subcategories of defamation. Libel is defamation in print, pictures, or any other visual symbols. ; selection criteria; making a job offer; affirmative action affirmative action, in the United States, programs to overcome the effects of past societal discrimination by allocating jobs and resources to members of specific groups, such as minorities and women. ; performance evaluation Performance evaluation
The assessment of a manager's results, which involves, first, determining whether the money manager added value by outperforming the established benchmark (performance measurement) and, second, determining how the money manager achieved the calculated return , discipline, and disparate treatment; legal theories on wrongful discharge An at-will employee's Cause of Action against his former employer, alleging that his discharge was in violation of state or federal antidiscrimination statutes, public policy, an implied contract, or an implied Covenant of Good Faith and fair dealing. , wrongful discharge based on contract theories, and discriminatory discharge; and suggestions for developing, implementing, and administering discharge procedures.
The book is well written and full of current information. Human resource professionals and employment law attorneys will find Employment Law Manual a valuable tool for dealing with the daily problems of individual employee rights and limiting employer liability.