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The Manager's Pocket Guide to Employee Relations by Terry L. Fitzwater

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Understanding Employment Laws and Regulations

Do acronyms confuse you? Don’t feel alone. Who wouldn’t be frustrated trying to understand: FMLA, NLRB, WARN, EEOC, IRCA, ADEA, and BFOQ? To most people they are nothing more than a series of four-letter words. However, whether we like it or not, every manager must be conversant in their meaning. The reason is simple: Not knowing the meaning behind the letters can cost you. How? Well, let’s say you decide to terminate a per son’s employment, and find after the fact that the person is part of a protected class (e.g., over the age of 40). While termination in and of itself is not against the law, it ...

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