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The Essential HR Handbook, 10th Anniversary Edition by Barbara Mitchell, Sharon Armstrong

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9

LEGAL CONSIDERATIONS

BY PAUL MICKEY, ESQ.

It is the spirit and not the form of law that keeps justice alive.

Earl Warren

NOTICE

This chapter summarizes some of the key employment law issues for managers and HR staff. Every employment situation is different and may be covered by a variety of federal, state, and local laws that are beyond the scope of this overview. This chapter is not intended to be, and should not be used as, a substitute for specific legal advice.

The US workplace is subject to a host of federal, state, and local laws aimed at protecting employees. But the prospect of facing a legal challenge should not paralyze managers. Armed with an understanding of the legal framework governing HR, managers can achieve their business ...

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