New laws affect every aspect of being an employer—from interviewing and hiring, to handling employee benefits to firing. The most complete guide to your legal rights and responsibilities, The Employer’s Legal Handbook shows you how to comply with the most recent workplace laws and regulations, run a safe and fair workplace and avoid lawsuits. Learn everything you need to know about: * Hiring—understand the legal guidelines for hiring employees, writing job descriptions, conducting interviews, investigating applicants. * Smart personnel practices—what to include in employee personnel files, employee handbooks, performance reviews and references for former employees. * Employee benefits—learn the ins and outs of wage and hour laws, retirement plans and health insurance. * Workplace health and safety—how to comply with OSHA requirements, implement policies on smoking, drug and alcohol abuse. * Discrimination—how to comply with laws prohibiting sexual harassment and discrimination based on age, race, pregnancy, sexual orientation and national origin. * Termination—how to avoid wrongful termination cases, conduct a final meeting and protect your business information when employees leave. * Laws affecting small business practices—what you need to know about Americans With Disabilities Act, the Family and Medical Leave Act, health and safety issues, employee testing. Whether you hire one employee or one hundred, The Employer’s Legal Handbook gives you the practical and legal guidance you need to run a fair and productive workplace, and stay out of legal trouble.