Employment Law: Contracts, Torts, and Statutes

Information Introduction

Section 1, Spring 25

Schedule Information

Enrollment: /65
Credits: 3
Days Time Room Start Date End Date




1130-1250 WB102

Course Description

Have you ever had a job? If it was a private sector position, the odds are greater than 14 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 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. Designed to complement Employment Law: Wage & Hour Regulation, Employment Law: Health & Safety, Employee Benefit Law, 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 Requirements

Exam Information

Final Type (if any): Due Date Only

Description: A final assignment will be required at the conclusion of the course. Students can receive the assignment (comprising of several essays prompted by specific fact patterns) at any time after the last class session via their Canvas account, and students must upload their responses in a single Word document via EXPO by noon on May 8, 2025. Students can study for the assignment with other students only if none of the students in the study group have received the assignment via Canvas.

Other Course Details

Prerequisites: None Concurrencies: None

Exclusive With: None

Laptops Allowed: Yes

First Day Attendance Required: No

Course Resources: To be announced.

Graduation Requirements

Satisfies Understanding Bias/Racism/Cross-Cultural Competency requirement: No

Satisfies Writing Requirement: No

Credits For Prof. Skills Requirement: No

Satisfies Professional Ethics: No

Additional Course Information

Schedule No.: 125210060

Modified Type: Lecture

Cross Listed: No

Waitlist Count: 0

Concentrations: Employment and Labor Law

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