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For almost a quarter century following the great tide of New Deal social legislation, the federal government largely refrained from further efforts at direct regulation of the workplace. But certain intractable problems, like job safety, pension fund abuses, and race and sex discrimination in employment, kindled interest in additional federal controls. The result was a second wave of federal laws governing the employer-employee relationship - Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, the Occupational Safety and Health Act (OSHA) of 1970, and the Employee Retirement Income Security Act (ERISA) of 1974. Only the boldest scholars would attempt to encompass within one slim paperback volume analyses of the whole range of this new legislation, along with updatings on the wage and hour laws, the National Labor Relations Act, unemployment insurance, job training, and Social Security. YetSar Levitan and his two collaborators have essayed the feat and, in my judgment, pulled it off.