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EMPLOYMENT LAW (LAW3 646), 1, Mr. Leslie, Credits: 3 

This course surveys the legal rules applying to work and the workplace, with the exception of union/management relations. It covers protections against discharge, the right to be free of discrimination based on disability, race, gender, or age. There is an introduction to the regulation of pension and health plans. Issues of employee ownership of inventions and processes are explored. In short, if it involves work (but not unions), we are likely to cover it. The treatment of discrimination and of pension and health plans is introductory only and you may take this course whether or not you have already taken Employment Discrimination or ERISA. 

Requirements: The course is conducted by the CaseFile Method. Each day, the class will consider a different CaseFile. Class participation will account for 50% of the grade and will include both a quantity and quality component. The final examination will be a CaseFile and you will be asked to produce a take-away memo analyzing it. For a fuller description of the CaseFile Method, please see: http://hobbes.itc.Virginia.EDU/~dll2k/ 

EMPLOYMENT LAW (LAW3 646), 2, Mr. Verkerke, Credits: 3 

Union membership as a proportion of total employment has declined in recent years. As a result, workers increasingly must look to federal, state, and local law rather than to collective bargaining agreements to determine their rights and obligations as employees. Similarly, a lawyer advising a company on employment matters in the 1990s is likely to face many more questions involving employer and worker rights under one of these myriad regulatory regimes than issues arising under federal labor law. In contrast to the traditional labor law course, which focuses on collective bargaining, this course offers students an introduction to the diverse body of law that governs the individual employment relationship. This course will introduce students to a number of the important issues that employment lawyers face in practice. Although course coverage varies somewhat from year to year, we will consider such topics as contract and tort protections against discharge, trade secrets and noncompetition clauses, ERISA, vicarious liability, alternative dispute resolution, and wage and hour laws such as the FLSA. We may also discuss other topics in this exceptionally broad field including FMLA, COBRA, WARN, OSHA, UI, workers' compensation and much more. For additional information about employment and labor law courses, please visit the PELLS web site.


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For problems or questions contact [Rip Verkerke].
Last updated:  Tuesday, January 11, 2005