In this paper, we consider four single-machine scheduling problems with release times, with the aim of minimizing the maximum lateness. In the first problem we have a common deadline for all the jobs. The second problem looks for the Pareto frontier with respect to the two objective functions maximum lateness and makespan. The third problem is associated with a non-availability constraint. In the fourth one, the non-availibility interval is related to the operator who is organizing the execution of jobs on the machine (no job can start, and neither can complete during the operator non-availability period). For each of the four problems, we establish the existence of a polynomial time approximation scheme (PTAS).