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Labor Studies and Employment Relations (LER)

LER 201 (GS) Employment Relationship: Law and Policy (3) An examination of basic legal principles underlying the employment relationship and their social, political, and economic bases.

LER 201 Employment Relationship: Law and Policy (3)

(BA) This course meets the Bachelor of Arts degree requirements.

LER 201 provides students with an overview of the employment law relationship in the United States.

The course begins with a study of the legal principles which affect the creation, development, and implementation of employment law. Several of the most fundamental employment law principles, such as the Master/Servant relationship and the theory of Agency, are adopted from the English common law. Students review the United States Constitution and the constitutional principles necessary to understand employment laws are examined.

Students will study several federal and state statutes, including Worker's Compensation laws (with an emphasis on the Pennsylvania Worker's Compensation statutes), the Social Security Act, the Fair Labor Standards Act, the National Labor Relations Act, and Equal Employment Opportunity laws. As appropriate, the history, politics, and policies underlying these statutes are discussed. The necessity of understanding not only the legalities of EEO laws but also the societal need to eliminate discrimination results in a thorough study of Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, the Age Discrimination in Employment Act, the Civil Rights Act of 1991, and the Americans with Disabilities Act. Successful completion of this course equips students with a competency in employment law, transferable to an entry-level human resources or management position.

Students write reviews of various involving different employment laws, including case law and precedents, evidence and interpretation. The course content naturally lends itself to gathering and analyzing information. Students analyze the application of law to various cases, judging the logical consistency between the principle of the law and the case to which it is applied. Library resources are an essential component; on-line resources increasingly are used. The course deals exclusively with laws regulating employment practices and relations among employees in the U.S. workplace. It concentrates on discrimination, equity, due process, social and civil conduct.

General Education: GS
Diversity: None
Bachelor of Arts: Social and Behavioral Science
Effective: Spring 2008

Note : Class size, frequency of offering, and evaluation methods will vary by location and instructor. For these details check the specific course syllabus.


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