This course surveys federal and state laws governing employment. Topics to be covered include establishing an employment relationship; recruitment & hiring; supervisory control and employee autonomy; confidentiality & competition; wages & hours; employee health & workplace injuries; termination of employment; and arbitration of employment disputes. Some of the issues touched on in this course are covered in further depth in other courses, such as Employment Discrimination and Labor Law.
After completing the course, you should be able to recognize and diagnose legal issues arising in the employment context, analyze those issues under the applicable law, and help clients avoid legal problems or pursue remedies when they arise. Simulation problems, including in-class discussion and take-home research and writing assignments, provide an opportunity to develop practical skills for representing clients in employment matters.
Cases, statutes, and other assigned readings are available online via the course website,
Rachel Arnow-Richman & Nantiya Ruan, Developing Professional Skills: Workplace Law (West Academic 2016)
Paul M. Secunda, Richard Bales, Jeffrey M. Hirsch, Understanding Employment Law (3d ed., Carolina Academic Press 2019)
Your final grade for the term will be based on four take-home research & writing problems (20% each; 80% total) and your in-class performance (20%). There will be no final exam or paper for this course.
The graded problem assignments (from the Developing Professional Skills workbook) and due dates are indicated in the “Schedule & Assignments” section of the syllabus.
Elon Law School has adopted the following attendance policy for all courses:
The Law School administers a policy that a student maintain regular and punctual class attendance in all courses in which the student is registered, including externships, clinical courses, or simulation courses. Faculty members will give students written notice of their attendance policies before or during the first week of class. These policies may include, but are not limited to: treating late arrivals, early departures, and/or lack of preparation as absences; imposing grade or point reductions for absences, including assigning a failing grade or involuntarily withdrawing a student from the class; and any other policies that a professor deems appropriate to create a rigorous and professional classroom environment.
In case of illness or emergency, students may contact the Office of Student and Professional Life, which will then notify the student’s instructors. A student may notify the faculty member directly of a planned absence and should refer to individual faculty members regarding any policy that may apply. In the case of prolonged illness or incapacity, the student should contact the Office of Student and Professional Life.
Excessive absences (more than 2 classes) may result in a reduction of your grade.
For disability accommodation requests, contact the Elon Law Registrar’s Office.
The Law School honor code applies to all activities related to your law school study, including conduct during class and examinations.