Lisa Guerin is the author or co-author of several Nolo books, including The Manager's Legal Handbook, Dealing with Problem Employees, The Essential Guide to Federal Employment Laws, The Essential Guide to Family & Medical Leave, Workplace Investigations, and Create Your Own Employee Handbook. Guerin has practiced employment law in government, public interest, and private practice, where she has represented clients at all levels of state and federal courts and in agency proceedings. She is a graduate of UC Berkeley School of Law.
Articles By Lisa Guerin
If you've lost your job, you may be eligible for unemployment compensation: benefits paid to those who are out of work through no fault of their own, until they can find new employment. Unemployment benefits are available through a program that's jointly run by the federal and state governments.
Question: I am a transman. I transitioned from female to male several years ago, while working at my last job. My manager and coworkers were all very supportive of my transition. However, the company recently had to downsize dramatically, and I was one of many employees to be laid off. Now I’m looking
The federal Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA) was passed to help employees balance work and family obligations. The law requires employers to let employees take leave to care for family members or recover from a serious illness. But not every employer, employee, or need for leave is covered. This article explains ten things employees should know about this landmark law.
With Facebook boasting 750 million users, and millions more using Twitter, LinkedIn, MySpace, and other social networking sites to post content, chances are good that many employees at any given company have a social media presence. You may consider your online posts to be personal -- put up for friends
Question: I have worked for a large warehouse store for several years. Up until a few weeks ago, we had a dress code of khaki pants and blue polo shirts, all of which we had to pay for. We also have to wear security badges with our name and the company's logo; the company gives us these. But the company
Question: My spouse is having a baby at the end of October. I've asked for FMLA leave, and I want to take as much time off as I can. The company's HR director told me I can take 12 weeks off total, so I'll need to be back at work by the end of January. Is this correct? I thought the FMLA gives me the
What to do if you are being discriminated against or harassed at work.
The federal Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) prohibits employment discrimination against applicants and employees with disabilities. It also requires employers to provide reasonable accommodations to allow employees with disabilities to do their jobs, unless doing so would create undue hardship.
Question: My California employer recently switched payroll companies, and they made a big mistake on all of the paychecks. For a couple of payroll periods, they paid all of us for an extra ten hours of work, which resulted in a pre-tax overpayment to me of about $500. The company just told all of us
Question: I have been passed over for promotion at my job twice in the last few years. I think it's because I'm a woman. Both times, a man with less seniority and experience than me got the position, and my manager couldn't explain why I wasn't selected. I spoke to the HR department about my concerns;