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Employment Law: The Workplace Rights of Employees and Employers (Human Resource Action US) Paperback – February 13, 1996

ISBN-13: 978-1557868329 ISBN-10: 1557868328
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In recent years there has been a revolution in the law of the workplace. The burgeoning discipline of employment law has replaced labor law, the law of union-management relations, as the relationship with the individual employee has become the key factor. This book familiarizes the reader with the basics of US employment law. It is oriented both to students taking a course in employment law and to human resources professionals who need to deal daily with matters that have legal significance.

Employment Law examines the relevant statutes, judicial decisions, executive orders, and administrative policies that shape the respective rights of managers and workers at the workplace. It goes well beyond simply stating what is legal and what is illegal. It assumes that the student and the professional needs to understand the principles underlying the law so that he or she can evaluate an organization's decisions against those principles. The authors make wide use of case material and administrative regulation, since it is the cases and regulations that ultimately identify and explain the legal principles as the major force influencing and shaping government policy.

About the Author

Benjamin W. Wolkinson is Profession of Labor Relations at the School of Labor and Industrial Relations at Michigan State University. Prior to joining Michigan State University, he worked as an economist for the National Bureau of Standards, as an industrial analyst with the US National Labor Relations, and as a concilitor for the United States Equal Employment Opportunity Commission. He is a member of the National Academy of Arbitrators and serves as an arbitrator for many employers and labor unions in Michigan ad Ohio.

Richard N. Block is Professor in the School of Labor and Industrial Relations at Michigan State University. He was a member of the Executive Board of the Industrial Relations Research Association from 1990 to 1993 and served as Director of the School of Labor and Industrial Relations from 1985 to 1993. He has been a visiting faculty member at the Graduate School of Business at Columbia University in the City of New York and the Centre for Industrial Relations at the University of Toronto. He is at active labor arbitrator and serves on several permanent panels.


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Product Details

  • Series: Human Resource Action US
  • Paperback: 326 pages
  • Publisher: Wiley-Blackwell (February 13, 1996)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1557868328
  • ISBN-13: 978-1557868329
  • Product Dimensions: 7.5 x 0.7 x 9.3 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.4 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 3.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #7,369,106 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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For its time, this was an excellent book for understanding important aspects of employment law. Unfortunately, the failure to update the material for seven years has significantly deteriorated its use. In an easy to read style Benjamin Wolkinson and Richard Block distilled into the pages an excellent insight into major topics. Part I occupies more than half the book with an in-depth and comprehensive description of the requirements and procedural aspects of laws addressed by the EEOC. Part II is an excellent analysis of OSHA. In that same Part II, although workers' compensation varies from state to state, the common elements of the subject are discussed in a manner still helpful to lawyers, employers and employees regardless of the state in which they work. In Part III, the authors analyze issues that were newly emerging as the Twentieth Century was ending such as unjust discharge, employer involvement in employee non-work activities and the perennially changing law on drug testing. The one grave draw back is that the book's printing date is misleading. Though the last printing was in 2001, the most recent material is from 1995. Since that date, many significant changes have occurred. Consequently, the book has reached a point where it is better as interesting history than as a valid working guide.
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0 of 1 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on May 11, 1999
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People have needs in a workplace and Benjamin W.Wolkinson described the workplace how it should be and how some people dont know their rights.Workers need to know and someone has to tell them what rights they have.Its about time.
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