This course will examine the laws that structure the employment relationship in U.S. workplaces. Topics will include who qualifies as an employee and an employer; the doctrine of employment at will; employee speech, association, and privacy rights; the regulation of compensation; and the arbitration of employment disputes. The course will also examine the purposes of employment law and will consider how employment law is responding to, or should respond to, problems of inequality and the changing nature of work in the 21st century. The course will be a mix of doctrinal and seminar material; students will be expected to complete several problem solving and short writing assignments during the semester, as well as a take-home exam. (Please note that the course will not cover the law of employment discrimination or collective bargaining & labor organizations; those subjects are covered in Employment Discrimination and Labor Law, respectively.)
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