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New Book Answers Worker’s Questions About Job Negotiations, Contracts, Working Relationships & Terminations


As a practicing labor lawyer with his own law firm in New York City for more than 30 years, Steven Mitchell Sack has been consulted by thousands of employees, executives, managers, officers, sales reps and professionals. He has negotiated and drafted contracts, offered on-the-job advice, represented individuals in termination matters to obtain greater severance pay and other post-termination benefits, been interviewed on employment law in The Wall Street Journal and New York Times, and won large settlements both in and out of court for his employee clients.

Now Steven has put his vast knowledge and experience to work in his new book The Employee Rights Handbook: Effective Legal Strategies To Protect Your Job From Interview To Pink Slip (Legal Strategies Publications, November 15, 2010).

The Employee Rights Handbook was written exclusively for employees from their perspective and for their protection. The book offers hundreds of practical, proven strategies which all workers can assert without a lawyer to protect themselves and their jobs before, during, and after a job has ended. The book is a first-aid kit to understanding one’s job rights, giving you the information and power to fight back, cut a deal if you are fired, and land firmly on your feet. The book advises how to be properly hired, steps to take if you resign or are fired, and how to enforce your on-the-job rights. Readers will learn how to anticipate and avoid common stick situations during all stages in the employment process. Throughout, Sack offers practical advice by using valuable checklists, charts, agreements, and easy-to-follow recommendations with hundreds of practical, proven strategies all workers can assert on their own to protect themselves and their jobs.

The book is divided into four sections: Part I, “How To Be Hired Properly,” covers all of the pre-hiring considerations applicants of any job should know about; Part II, “How To Protect Your On-The-Job Rights,” describes how to recognize and handle on-the-job problems including union and privacy rights, office romances, drug testing and discrimination issues; Part III, “How To Avoid Being Fired Unfairly and What To Do When You Are,” advises employees how to protect themselves and recognize illegal and unfair firings; and Part V, “Collecting Your Due,” provides tips on winning a lawsuit and working effectively with a lawyer.

“A job is like a romance,” notes Sack. “Companies woo applicants with promises of security, fulfillment and riches. Then, when the honeymoon is over, even highly qualified people find themselves being treated unfairly. Many don’t receive promised benefits such as year-end bonuses, commissions, health insurance, vacation pay and overtime. Others are fired without cause or notice through no fault of their own. The Employee Rights Handbook was written exclusively for this purpose—for employees to protect themselves and their jobs against illegal action and receive equal footing with the boss.”

The 640-page book retails for $39.95. Chapters are helpfully divided into relevant headings, making it easy to find the information you are looking for. The book also contains a glossary, index, and numerous valuable demand letters to send to enforce your rights. Easy to use, practical and up-to-date, The Employee Rights Handbook provides all the essential information employees need to protect themselves and fight back whatever their job or industry. If you work for a living, you need this book. It is available beginning August 15, 2010 by ordering at