Workplace issues have become one of the fastest-growing areas of state and federal law. Employment-related lawsuits filed in federal court have tripled in volume in the past decade, and now account for a tenth of all civil cases. Many state courts have experienced a similar burgeoning of their employment law caseloads. This course examines this diverse, rewarding, and rapidly evolving area of legal practice by considering the diverse array of laws and institutions that regulate the employment relationship. The substantive focus of the course is on laws that affect employees in non-unionized settings, such as protections against dismissal without cause, wage and hour restrictions, workplace privacy, covenants not to compete, and mandatory arbitration of employment disputes. The course does not cover either Employment Discrimination or Labor Law, both of which are offered as separate courses. The pedagogic approach is to ask students to work through problems, on your own and in small groups in class, where you have to generate and evaluate options to counsel clients on workplace-law issues. Special Instructions: Early Add/Drop Deadline: Add/Drop decisions must be made the first week of class. Exceptions are at the instructor's discretion and will be considered on a case-by-case basis. No laptops in class, except when designated by instructor. Elements used in grading: Class participation (30%), two 5-7 page (single-spaced) memos involving research, one due mid-quarter and one due at the end of the quarter (35% each). No final.
Instructors for this course (Past and Present)Alison D. Morantz