Labor Law

Section 1, Fall 22

Schedule Information

Enrollment: 15/40
Credits: 3
Days* Time Room Start Date End Date
  • TR
  • 1000-1120
  • SL298
08/30/2022 12/06/2022
*“R” means Thursday

Course Description

Today's workplace differs dramatically from that of the 20th century in which the American labor movement was born. Economic changes such as the rise of the service sector and the mechanization of manufacturing have transformed business enterprises and employment relations. As a result, attorneys for unions, management, and individuals now confront many legal issues that would have been unimaginable to the drafters of the National Labor Relations Act and other federal labor laws. Unions seek to organize part-time and contract workers, interns, and even student athletes. As union density has declined, labor organizations have developed creative techniques to put economic pressure on employers to accept union representation. For their part, employers routinely implement sophisticated strategies of union-avoidance while being careful to comply with legal restrictions on their actions. The NLRB has undertaken an aggressive effort to protect employees' rights in non-union environments, and has adopted rules which significantly altered the representation process. Attorneys practicing employment and labor law today must understand how the rights and obligations established under federal labor law should shape the advice they give their clients. The instructor will utilize a practice-focused approach. Discussions will build on a foundation of traditional labor law concepts, but we will apply these principles to today's rapidly-evolving work environment. Students will be encouraged to participate in discussion and analysis of case law and legal principles, and to analyze practical considerations in relation to representation, collective bargaining, and work stoppages.

Course Requirements

Exam Info:
Final Type (if any): Flex
Description: Flex exam at end of semester.

Written Work Product
Written Work Product:

Other Work

Other Course Details
Prerequisites: None Concurrencies: None
Mutually Exclusive With: None
Laptops Allowed: Yes
First Day Attendance Required: No
Course Resources: To be announced.
Course Notes:

Graduation Requirements

*Satisfies Writing Requirement: No
**Credits For Prof. Skills Requirement: No
Satisfies Professional Ethics: No

*If “Yes,” then students are required to submit a substantial research paper in this course, which means students do not need to submit any form to SRO for this paper to meet their upper-level writing requirement. If “No,” then students must submit a “special request” e-form to SRO (available via LawWeb) no later than five weeks after the start of the term for a paper in this class to be counted toward the upper-level writing requirement.

**Yes indicates course credits count towards UVA Law’s Prof. Skills graduation requirement, not necessarily a skills requirements for any particular state bar.

Schedule No.
122820929
Law No.
LAW7059
Modified Type
Lecture
Cross Listed: No
Cross-Listed Course Mnemonic:
Concentrations: Employment and Labor Law
Public Syllabus Link: None
Evaluation Portal Via LawWeb Opens: Monday, December 05, 12:01 AM
Evaluation Portal Via LawWeb Closes: Friday, December 09, 11:59 PM
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