© 2012

The Employer Bill of Rights

A Manager’s Guide to Workplace Law

  • Authors

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xii
  2. Jonathan T. Hyman
    Pages 1-7
  3. Jonathan T. Hyman
    Pages 9-32
  4. Jonathan T. Hyman
    Pages 33-61
  5. Jonathan T. Hyman
    Pages 63-83
  6. Jonathan T. Hyman
    Pages 85-117
  7. Jonathan T. Hyman
    Pages 119-148
  8. Jonathan T. Hyman
    Pages 149-180
  9. Jonathan T. Hyman
    Pages 181-198
  10. Jonathan T. Hyman
    Pages 199-233
  11. Jonathan T. Hyman
    Pages 235-248
  12. Jonathan T. Hyman
    Pages 249-259
  13. Back Matter
    Pages 261-289

About this book


Any employee can sue any employer at any time, and for just about any reason. There is no such thing as a bulletproof personnel decision. It’s no wonder businesses fear lawsuits from employees—they are costly in terms of time, money, and distraction.  

But fear not. The Employer Bill of Rights: A Manager’s Guide to Workplace Law is a practical handbook designed to help managers and business owners navigate the ever-changing maze of labor and employment laws, rules, and regulations. Following its practical guidelines will help you deter most lawsuits and place you in the best possible position to defend those that ultimately are filed.  

Your expert guide, employment attorney Jonathan T. Hyman, shows you how to assert your rights to protect your investment in people, operations, facilities, and other assets—all with any eye to maintaining a more productive, harmonious, and profitable workplace. In addition, The Employer Bill of Rights:

  • Explains in practical and plain language the key legal issues that managers face on a daily basis in managing their employees.
  • Describes how to make personnel decisions that will help you avoid costly litigation.
  • Explains the who, what, why, when, where, and how of each of the major federal employment discrimination acts.
  • Tackles cutting-edge human resources issues such as wage-and-hour disputes and managing social media in the workplace.
  • Shows how to hire and fire employee without the fear of an expensive discrimination lawsuit.
  • Describes how to control your operations by implementing legal policies and procedures related to plant shut downs, employee scheduling, work rules, and the maintenance of confidential, critical information.
  • Proposes recordkeeping practices designed to support your decisions.  
  • Shows why you should follow the Golden Rule in all personnel matters with your employees.

No personnel decision or policy is litigation-proof, but The Employer Bill of Rights: A Manager’s Guide to Workplace Law will help you make informed decisions to hedge against and avoid the biggest blunders and errors that too often result in expensive and time-consuming lawsuits.

About the authors

Jonathan Hyman is a partner in the Labor & Employment Group at Kohrman Jackson & Krantz in Cleveland, Ohio. On a daily basis, he puts 15 years experience to work providing proactive and results-driven solutions to employers workforce problems. Jon is the author of the nationally recognized Ohio Employer s Law Blog (, which the ABA has commended as one the top 100 legal blogs for 2010 and 2011. LexisNexis also recognized his blog as one of the top 25 Labor & Employment blogs for 2011. He also coauthored the book Think Before You Click: Strategies for Managing Social Media in the Workplace. Jon serves as a frequent source for the local and national media on employment law issues, having been quoted in the Wall Street Journal, National Law Journal, Business Insurance Magazine, Crain s Cleveland Business, and the Cleveland Plain Dealer. Jon lends his expertise as a speaker on myriad employment law topics, most recently presenting seminars on social media and employment law, the ADA, the FMLA, workplace technology, and harassment. Super Lawyers named Jon an Ohio Rising Star in the area of Employment Law for 2007, 2009, 2010, and 2011. He is a 1997 honors graduate of the Case Western Reserve University School of Law and a 1994 honors graduate of Binghamton University.

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