Labor Law: Contemporary Issues (LAW-747-001)
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This course will cover most of the basic labor law subject areas through a contemporary lens. Many of the seminal cases are decades old and they remain ripe for study but labor law is ever changing and responsive to the modern American workplace. Among the many areas of inquiry, we will review the impact of new communication technologies on important labor law questions, consider whether unique groups of workers are “employees” under the National Labor Relations Act, and discuss whether anti-employer Facebook posts may be considered protected, concerted activity under the Act. We will also look at several high profile cases that are currently pending before the Courts of Appeals and the US Supreme Court. While the course has a largely private sector focus, we will review a number of current developments in public sector labor law as well. At every turn, we will assess the practical implications of labor law on today’s work world, including in-depth discussion of the various ways disputes are resolved between employees, unions, and employers. At the end of the course, we will simulate a representation case hearing before the National Labor Relations Board and students will work together to convince a hearing officer why a particular unit of employees is or is not an appropriate unit for collective bargaining.
This course will prepare you to identify and evaluate contemporary labor law problems that a client (whether employee, union, or employer) might be likely to face and provide you with the analytical skills necessary for practical and creative problem solving.Introductory labor law is not a prerequisite for this course.
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