Lisa Guerin


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

Right to Work, Union Shops, and Union Dues
Can employees be required to join a union or pay dues?
Taking Time Off to Vote
Most states require employers to let employees take time off to vote.
What's Your Unpaid Wage Claim Worth in Virginia?
Learn how to calculate what you're owed in unpaid wages and penalties.
How To Decide When to Make Layoffs
Letting workers go⁠—whether you're laying off a single worker or conducting a large layoff⁠—is one of the toughest tasks managers face. And because of the emotional stakes involved, it's also one of the tasks most likely to land a company in legal trouble.
Written Employment Contracts: Pros and Cons
Know when you should -- and should not -- ask a new employee to sign a written employment contract.
Overtime Pay: Your Rights as an Employee
Learn when employees are entitled to overtime pay.
Meal and Rest Breaks: Your Rights as an Employee
Many employers provide employees with a rest or lunch break, whether paid or unpaid. This common practice is not required everywhere, however: The federal wage and hour law, called the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA), doesn't require employers to provide meal or rest breaks.
How to Appeal an Unemployment Denial in California
Have you been denied unemployment benefits in California? If so, you aren’t necessarily out of luck. In California (as in every other state), you can appeal a denial of unemployment benefits. If you win your appeal, you will receive all benefits to which you are entitled, including retroactive benefits
Hawaii Laws for Tipped Employees
Hawaii employees: Learn the rules on tip credits, mandatory service charges, and more.