Spring 2015
    Law No.: LAW7023
    Sched. No.: 115210145

Employment Law: Contracts, Torts, and Statutes
Section 1
Verkerke, J H.

Administrative Information:
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Days, Times (Room):WF, 1130-1250 (SL262)
Capacity:64 **This information is current as of 05/27/2015 06:15:04 AM**
Current Enrollment:43 **This information is current as of 05/27/2015 06:15:04 AM**

Course Description:

Have you ever had a job? If it was a private sector position, the odds are greater than 11 to 1 that you were not a union member and that you worked under an individual contract of employment rather than a collective bargaining agreement. It is also more likely than not that your contract incorporated the nearly universal default rule of “employment at will.” This legal rule nominally gives employers the right to fire workers at any time, for any reason, or for no reason at all. During the past three decades, however, myriad common law and statutory developments have significantly eroded the “at-will” presumption and created new causes of action that allow employees to challenge terminations they consider unjustified. Other statutory provisions impose minimum employment standards, regulate workplace privacy, protect trade secrets, and establish rules for employee benefits, computer access, arbitration of employment disputes, and post-employment restraints on competition. Employment lawyers thus counsel clients about and litigate over a breathtaking array of individual employment rights.

In order to begin to develop your knowledge of the legal rules that animate the contemporary world of employment practice, we will read judicial opinions, statutes, briefs and other litigation materials, as well as academic and popular commentary. We will focus the majority of our classroom time together on active learning exercises, including problems, simulations, and debates. I will deliver brief in-class lectures highlighting key issues and offer frequent opportunities for you to ask questions. You will often work in small peer groups to analyze problems and debate legal policies. The graded work for the course will include class participation, a midterm essay exam and a final essay exam. Designed to complement Employment Law: Health & Safety and Employment Discrimination Law, this course has no prerequisite, and students should feel free to take these introductory employment law offerings in any order they wish.

COURSE REQUIREMENT: Class participation grade and two graded essay exams