Course Description

LAWS 6521
Employment Law
General Description:
The course examines the rights and obligations of employers and employees. It is a far broader course than Employment Discrimination but covers discrimination only minimally. The wide range of topics includes: the status and decline of the employer's traditional right to terminate employees "at will"; employees' rights to sue for termination against public policy or under various statues, such as whistleblower and discrimination laws; minimum/overtime wage claims; public employees' constitutional First Amendment, Fourth Amendment, and Due Process rights; the enforceability as of employment handbooks, letters, and oral communications; employees' rights to family/medical leave; and various employee/employer rights and obligations -- for example, privacy rights, defamation, and non-competition/non-solicitation agreements; employers' mandatory arbitration policies for employee claims; unemployment insurance; and workplace health and safety regulation.

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