Chairs Can Help Minimize Institution's Legal Liability by Understanding Personnel Law, Policies

Academic Leader

The actions or inaction of department chairs can have a profound effect on an institution's exposure to legal liability, but few chairs are as well versed in personnel law as they should be. Sure, we've all heard about the major legislation—the Equal Opportunity Act, the Americans with Disabilities Act, the Fair Labor Standards Act—but much of that legislation is poorly written, ambiguous, and "just about as boring to read as you can possibly imagine," says James A. Fagin, dean of graduate studies and research at East Stroudsburg University.

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