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The Employee Rights Handbook by Steven Mitchell Sack

February 24, 2011 | Comments: 0 | Views: 188

Steven Mitchell Sack is called The Employee's Lawyer for a reason. It is his mission to protect employee rights, and he's been enforcing workplace rights of employees, executives, and sales representatives for over thirty years. With his book "The Employee Rights Handbook: Effective Legal Strategies to Protect Your Job From Interview to Pink Slip" he's created an excellent resource for employees, providing the information to understand job rights, and to protect and assert oneself to collect what is due. If you are wondering about your rights at work, this book has the answers.

First of all, this is not a quick little guide, but a thourough tomb covering many areas of employment law. The book is just under six hundred pages before the glossary and index which push it past the six hundred page mark. However, despite its length, this book is written in easy to understand language and is full of practical advice. Unfortunately, the law is always changing, so things in any book about law can become outdated. The revised and enlarged third edition came out in 2010, so it is currently up to date. This is the edition I'm reviewing.

The book is well organized and contains a detailed table of contents as well as a list of the agreements, forms, sample letters, and comprehensive checklists included in the book. And these items are extremely valuable for the person who wishes to use them. Many of the letters need little modification to work for many people.

Part One of the book focuses on how to be hired properly and contains chapters on avoiding prehiring abuses and negotiating the job. Part Two is about how to protect your on-the-job rights and has chapters on employee benefits, recognizing employee on-the-job rights and conduct, and all about discrimination. Part Three's focus is on how to avoid being fired unfairly and what to do if you are and provides chapters on recognizing when you have been fired illegally, facing the music and taking charge, and post-termination issues. The final part, Part Four, is about collecting your due. The two chapters focus on employment litigation and alternatives and hiring a lawyer to protect your rights.

Again, this is a large book with a lot of information. Unless you are wanting to be an expert on employee rights, you most likely will read the sections that are most relevant to your circumstances. So if you do need information regarding your rights as an employee, this very authoritative text is an excellent reference to look to. Sack has made complicated information readable and has made understanding your job rights accessible to everyone.

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