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Fall 2024 Course

Employment Law

Prerequisite: None

Exam Type:One-Day Take-Home

In this 4-credit course, we will examine the laws that govern and structure the employment relationship in nonunion workplaces. As such, the course will provide students an understanding of the law of work for the vast majority of workers in the U.S. We will discuss the elements of establishing employee versus independent contractor status and examine the implications of that difference throughout the course. We will address the doctrine of employment at will, along with exceptions to that rule. We will cover the basic principles of employment discrimination law; the constitutional rights (including the free speech rights) of public employees; mandatory arbitration of workplace disputes and employment rights; post-employment issues including covenants not to compete; workplace safety and health; and the laws governing wages and hours.