It may feel good to curse the tangle of regulations your company faces, but it doesn't help. If you can't afford a lawyer, use a reliable road map for discrimination and employment law, such as Stay Out of Court, by Rita Risser (Prentice-Hall; 1993; hardcover, $39.95; paperback, $18.95). The book discusses all the important points of employment law, with topics such as sexual harassment and how to safely hire and fire (two of the riskiest actions). There's a chapter called "Your Rights as a Manager" ("the shortest section," Risser jokes). Risser also details touchy topics, such as rejecting applicants, and peppers her prose with anecdotes from her own practice. Catchy title, too.

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