Course Details

Labor Law

The course begins with an overview of U.S. labor history and the evolution of labor relations law. The central focus of the course examines the National Labor Relations Act from both policy and practical perspectives. Included among the topics that will be covered: the determination of who is an employee; protected concerted activity and employer responses to such activity; the means by which a union acquires the status of collective bargaining representative and the legal effect of attaining such status; the collective bargaining process and the rights and obligations of the parties during and after contract negotiations; the administration of the collective bargaining agreement; and labor protests, strikes, lockouts and secondary activity. In addition, we will study current labor trends and consider recently enacted and proposed changes to existing labor relations policies and regulations. During one or more classes, students will have the opportunity to hear from, and ask questions of, experienced labor law practitioners from union and management as they assess, from their individual perspectives, current labor law policies and trends. Finally, through the medium of film, students will have the opportunity to observe how labor law issues play out in a real-world setting. Teaching Methods: Case Studies, Class Participation, Demonstrations, Discussion, Films/Videos (Students will view one or more films pertaining to labor issues), Guest Speakers (During one or more classes, students will have the opportunity to listen to, and ask questions of, experienced labor law practitioners from union and management as they assess, from their individual perspectives, current labor law policies and trends), Lecture, Student Presentations, Readings, Simulation/Role-Play, Writing Assignment (A writing project at the completion of the term). Evaluation Methods: Attendance, Class Participation (Significant and effective participation in class discussions is expected. Class participation, which will be a significant factor in determining a student's grade, is defined broadly. It includes your contribution to discussions of (1) the material that is assigned, (2) topics raised by your fellow students and (3) current labor law issues. Class size will be a factor in determining the percentage of a student's grade allocated to class participation. In addition, there will be a final writing project where you will be asked to address a variety of fact scenarios. Course Material "Labor Law in the Contemporary Workplace" (Schmidt, Malin, Corrada, Cameron and Fisk, 2nd Edition, 2014) (Probable text for the class) The following are valuable resources and are available in the Law School's Law Library: "The Developing Labor Law: The Board, the Courts and the NLRA" (John E. Higgins, ed., 6th Edition, 2012) and Supplements (thorough analysis of the statute and case law in all areas of labor law which provides an excellent starting point for research. "Understanding Labor Law" (Ray, Sharpe & Strassfeld, 3rd edition, 2011) (basic and relatively up-to-date reference on the law, written for students) NLRB's own Website: www.nlrb.gov. This site contains valuable information regarding pending labor law issues, the agency and the agency's decisions.

Catalog Number: BUSCOM 630
Practice Areas: Business, Corporate,Trans AreaConstitutional Law & ProcedureLabor and Employment Area
Additional Course Information: Open to First Year Students


Course History

Spring 2017
Title: Labor Law
Faculty: Crystal, Jules I. (courses | profile)
Section: 1     Credits: 3.0
Capacity: 65     Actual: 36

Spring 2016
Title: Labor Law
Faculty: Crystal, Jules I. (courses | profile)
Section: 1     Credits: 3.0
Capacity: 65     Actual: 37

Spring 2015
Title: Labor Law
Faculty: Crystal, Jules I. (courses | profile)
Section: 1     Credits: 3.0
Capacity: 65     Actual: 37