Lea B. Vaughn
LAW A 562
E Examines the law governing the employment relationship, including the establishment and termination of employment. Topics include employee duties, prohibited employment practices, regulation of wages, hours, and benefits of employment, workers' compensation, and occupational safety and health.
A survey of both the common law and regulations covering the non-unionized workplace. Although there is some variation in topics covered from year to year, typically the following are covered: Wrongful Discharge/Employment at Will, Employee Privacy, Duties owed to the Employer, Compensation, and Worker Health and Safety.
Student learning goals
Have an introduction to the basic substantive law of Employment.
Develop proficiency in reading cases and statutes as well as understanding the underlying policies behind each legal regime.
Develop proficiency in writing documents common to employment practice.
General method of instruction
Classroom format depends upon the material being covered that day. Formats include lecture, discussion, simulations, small group discussions, etc. Also, writing assignments, tied together by a theme, will also be used to strengthen the grasp of substantive materials and to develop a professional writing portfolio.
Courses in administrative law, labor law and employment discrimination are useful but not required.
Class assignments and grading
Three legal writing assignments: research memo, contract clause, personnel poolicy
Mastery - See syllabus for more detail.