Employment and Labor law

This page provides links to some of the top online resources in (primarily) U.S. employment and labor law, but is by no means exhaustive. In some instances, print resources available in the Pritzker Legal Research Center will be more suitable than those listed here. Northwestern University School of Law students are especially encouraged to visit or call (312-503-8450) our Reference Desk for help with employment- or labor law-related research questions.

News and Current Events

Statutes

Federal

U.S. Code

Statutes pertaining to labor and employment law are codified in a number of different titles within the U.S. Code, including titles 5, 8, 26, 29, 30, 38, 39, and 42.
Americans with Disabilities Act

Illinois

Other States

Judicial Decisions

Federal

Combined Courts

  • Lexis: Labor Cases, Federal Available from anywhere to members of the NU School of Law community (COURTS). Search for cases dating back to 1789 from the U.S. Supreme Court, Courts of Appeal, District Courts, Bankruptcy Courts, Court of Federal Claims, Claims Court, Court of Claims, and the Court of Veterans Appeals.
  • Westlaw: Federal Labor and Employment - Cases Available from anywhere to members of the NU School of Law community (FLB-CS). Search for cases dating back to 1789 from the U.S. Supreme Court, the Courts of Appeals, District Courts, Bankruptcy Courts, Court of Federal Claims, U.S. Tax Court, and military courts.
  • BNA Labor and Employment Law Library Available from anywhere to members of the NU School of Law community. Search for cases from the U.S. Supreme Court, Courts of Appeals, District Courts, Court of Federal Claims, and Tax Court. Cases available all into the following areas: Americans with Disabilities cases (1993-present), Fair Employment Practice cases (July 1965-present), Individual Employment Rights Cases (Sept. 1986-present), Wage and Hours cases (Jan. 1959-present).
  • LexisONE. A free site for searching for opinions issued by the U.S. Supreme Court (1790 to present), U.S. Circuit Courts (1997 to present), and numerous state appellate courts (1997 to present). Searches are free, but you are required to register in order to use the service.

Supreme Court

  • Westlaw: Federal Labor and Employment - Supreme Court Cases Available from anywhere to members of the NU School of Law community (FLB-SCT). Search for decisions issued since 1790.
  • Lexis Available from anywhere to members of the NU School of Law community (USLED). Search for cases decided since January, 1790.
  • LexisONE. A free site for searching for opinions issued by the U.S. Supreme Court (1790 to present), U.S. Circuit Courts (1997 to present), and numerous state appellate courts (1997 to present). Searches are free, but you are required to register in order to use the service.
  • FindLaw: Supreme Court Opinions. A free web site for searching or browsing Supreme Court cases dating back to 1893. This site also posts opinions within a few hours of their release by the Supreme Court.
  • Cornell's Legal Information Institute. At this free site, the user may search through all opinions issued since 1990, and through selected opinions issued before then. This site posts opinions within a few hours of their release by the Supreme Court.
  • Supreme Court Opinions. From the U.S. Supreme Court's web site. Makes available opinions within several hours of the release of the Court's "bench" opinion. It also makes freely available PDF versions of the United States Reports, beginning with vol. 502 (Oct. 1991 term).

Courts of Appeals

  • Westlaw: Federal Labor and Employment - Courts of Appeals Cases Available from anywhere to members of the NU School of Law community (FLB-CTA). Search for decisions issued since 1891.
  • Lexis: Labor Cases, Federal Available from anywhere to members of the NU School of Law community(COURTS). Search for cases dating back to 1789 from the U.S. Supreme Court, Courts of Appeal, District Courts, Bankruptcy Courts, Court of Federal Claims, Claims Court, Court of Claims, and the Court of Veterans Appeals.
  • Lexis Available from anywhere to members of the NU School of Law community(USAPP). Simultaneously search for cases from the 11 circuits, the District of Columbia Circuit, the Federal Circuit, the Temporary Emergency Court of Appeals, and the Emergency Court of Appeals. Lexis also provides the ability to search for cases from each circuit. Not limited to employment and labor law.

District Courts

  • Westlaw: Federal Labor and Employment - District Courts Cases Available from anywhere to members of the NU School of Law community (FLB-DCT). Search for cases issued since 1789.
  • Lexis: Labor Cases, Federal Available from anywhere to members of the NU School of Law community (COURTS). Search for cases dating back to 1789 from the U.S. Supreme Court, Courts of Appeal, District Courts, Bankruptcy Courts, Court of Federal Claims, Claims Court, Court of Claims, and the Court of Veterans Appeals.
  • Lexis: US District Court Cases Available from anywhere to members of the NU School of Law community (DIST). "[C]ontains all case law from United States District Courts for all 50 States from 1789 to current, the District of Columbia, the District Court for Puerto Rico, the District Court for the Virgin Islands, the District Court for Guam, the District Court for the Mariana Islands, the Court of International Trade from November 1980, the Judicial Panel on Multi-District Litigation from 1968, the Special Court, Regional Rail Reorganization Act of 1973." Not limited to labor and employment law.

National Labor Relations Board Decisions

Illinois

Other States

Regulations and Guidelines

Federal

Code of Federal Regulations (CFR)

Other Federal Regulations

Illinois

Other States

  • U.S. States and Territories. From the Law Library of Congress. A free site providing links to constitutions, statutes, cases, regulations, and other information from each of the 50 states.
  • Lexis Available from anywhere to members of the NU School of Law communityprovides access to the administrative codes of 39 states and Puerto Rico.
  • Lexis Available from anywhere to members of the NU School of Law community(STADMN) also provides for simultaneous searching of the administrative codes of 35 states and the District of Columbia.
  • Westlaw: State Administrative Code Multibase Available from anywhere to members of the NU School of Law community (ADC-ALL). Simultaneously search the administrative codes of all 50 states and the District of Columbia.
  • Westlaw Available from anywhere to members of the NU School of Law communityalso provides searching of the administrative codes of 43 states and Puerto Rico (XX-ADC, where "XX" is the two-letter postal code for the state).
  • Lexis: All Workers' Compensation Decisions Available from anywhere to members of the NU School of Law community (ALLWRK). Search for decisions from 27 states and the District of Columbia simultaneously.

Organizations and Governmental Agencies

Government

Private

  • American Bar Association Section of Labor and Employment Law. Includes links to Section information and publications, as well as to continuing education events.
  • American Arbitration Association. This organization provides dispute resolution services worldwide. Its web site includes: information on alternative dispute resolution law, and publications, rules, and procedures of the American Arbitration Association.
  • JAN ADA Hot Links and Document Center. From the Job Accommodation Network. This site provides the Americans with Disabilities Act statute, regulations, the Americans with Disabilities Act Accessibility Guidelines, and other assistance documents in addition to links to related sites.
  • National Right to Work Legal Defense Foundation. "A non-profit organization providing free legal aid nationwide to thousands of employees whose human and civil rights have been violated by compulsory unionism abuses."
  • Society for Human Resource Management. This web site provides an overview of developments in the human resources field, including online publications in the area, which discuss economic issues and its impact on human resources.
  • Workplace Fairness. "[A] non-profit organization that provides information, education and assistance to individual workers and their advocates nationwide and promotes public policies that advance employee rights."

Journals

This list includes journals available completely or partially in electronic form. It does not represent a complete listing of journals covering employment and labor law topics.

  • American University Journal of Gender, Social Policy and the Law. Vol. 3 (1995)- available through Lexis Available from anywhere to members of the NU School of Law community (AUJGSL). Vol. 1 (1993)- available through Westlaw Available from anywhere to members of the NU School of Law community(AMUJGSPL); vol. 1 (1993)- available through HeinOnline Available from anywhere to all members of the Northwestern University community.
  • Berkeley Journal of Employment and Labor Law. Vol. 14 (1993)- available through Lexis Available from anywhere to members of the NU School of Law community(BJELL). Vol. 15 (1994)- available through Westlaw Available from anywhere to members of the NU School of Law community(BERKJELL).
  • Comparative Labor Law and Policy Journal. Vol. 1 (1976)- available through Lexis Available from anywhere to members of the NU School of Law community (COMLAB). Vol. 15 (1993)- available through Westlaw Available from anywhere to members of the NU School of Law community(CLLPJ); all vols. except most current available via HeinOnline Available from anywhere to all members of the Northwestern University community.
  • Dispute Resolution Journal. Vol. 48 (1993)- available through Westlaw Available from anywhere to members of the NU School of Law community (DRJ).
  • Duke Journal of Gender Law and Policy. 1994- available through Lexis Available from anywhere to members of the NU School of Law community (DUKEJG). Vol. 1 (1994)- available through Westlaw Available from anywhere to members of the NU School of Law community (DUKEJGLP); also available via HeinOnline Available from anywhere to all members of the Northwestern University community.
  • Employee Relations Law Journal. Mar. 1989- available through Westlaw Available from anywhere to members of the NU School of Law community (EMRELLJ).
  • Employment Law Update. Vol. 11 (1996)- available through Westlaw Available from anywhere to members of the NU School of Law community (EMLUP).
  • Employment Rights and Employment Policy Journal. Vol. 1 (1997)- available through Lexis Available from anywhere to members of the NU School of Law community (EREPJ). Vol. 1 (1997)- available through Westlaw Available from anywhere to members of the NU School of Law community(EREPJ).
  • ERISA Litigation Reporter. April 2000- available through Lexis Available from anywhere to members of the NU School of Law community (GLAELR). Vol. 8 (2000)- available through Westlaw Available from anywhere to members of the NU School of Law community (GLERISALR).
  • Harvard Civil Rights-Civil Liberties Law Review. Vol. 29 (1993)- available through Lexis Available from anywhere to members of the NU School of Law community (HRVCIV). Vol. 16 (1981)- available through Westlaw Available from anywhere to members of the NU School of Law community(HVCRCLLR); vol. 1 (1966)- available via HeinOnline Available from anywhere to all members of the Northwestern University community.
  • Hofstra Labor and Employment Law Journal (1997- ). All volumes except most current year available through HeinOnline Available from anywhere to all members of the Northwestern University community. Vol. 15 (1997)- available through Lexis Available from anywhere to members of the NU School of Law community(HLABLJ). Vol. 15 (1997)- available through Westlaw Available from anywhere to members of the NU School of Law community (HOFLELJ).
  • Hofstra Labor Law Forum (1983). Vol. 1 (1983) available via HeinOnline under later title "Hofstra Labor and Employment Law Journal" Available from anywhere to all members of the Northwestern University community.
  • Hofstra Labor Law Journal (1984-1997). Vols. 2-14 (1984-1997) available via HeinOnline under later title "Hofstra Labor and Employment Law Journal" Available from anywhere to all members of the Northwestern University community. Vol. 10, no. 2 (1993)-vol. 14 (1997) available through Westlaw Available from anywhere to members of the NU School of Law community (HOFLELJ). Vols. 11-14 (1993-1997) available through Lexis Available from anywhere to members of the NU School of Law community under later title, "Hofstra Labor and Employment Law Journal" (HLABLJ).
  • Industrial and Labor Relations Review. Vol. 47, no. 2 (1994)- available through Westlaw Available from anywhere to members of the NU School of Law community(INDLRR). Vol. 50, no. 2 (Jan. 1997)- available through Lexis Available from anywhere to members of the NU School of Law community (INDLRR); all but most recent 5 years available via JSTOR Available from anywhere to all members of the Northwestern University community; all vols. except most recent available via HeinOnline Available from anywhere to all members of the Northwestern University community.
  • Industrial Law Journal. Vol. 27, no. 4 (Dec. 1998)- available Available from anywhere to members of the NU School of Law community (PDF)
  • International HR Journal. Vol. 4 (1995)- available through Westlaw Available from anywhere to members of the NU School of Law community (INTLHRJ).
  • Journal of Dispute Resolution. Vol. 1 (1995)- available through Lexis Available from anywhere to members of the NU School of Law community (JDISPR). 1993, no. 2- available through Westlaw Available from anywhere to members of the NU School of Law community (JDR).
  • Journal of Gender, Race and Justice. Vol. 1 (1997)- available through Lexis Available from anywhere to members of the NU School of Law community(JLGRJ). Vol. 1 (1997)- available through Westlaw Available from anywhere to members of the NU School of Law community (JGRJ); vol. 1 (1997)- (except most current vol.) available through HeinOnline Available from anywhere to all members of the Northwestern University community.
  • Journal of Labor Economics. Vol. 15, no. 3 (July 1997)- available Available from anywhere to all members of the Northwestern University community; all but most recent year available through JSTOR Available from anywhere to all members of the Northwestern University community.
  • Labor Lawyer. Spring 1996- available through Lexis Available from anywhere to members of the NU School of Law community (LABLAW). Vol. 3 (1987)- available through Westlaw Available from anywhere to members of the NU School of Law community (LABLAW).
  • Michigan Journal of Gender and Law. Vol. 2 (1994)- available through Lexis Available from anywhere to members of the NU School of Law community (MJGLAW). Vol. 2 (1994)- available through Westlaw Available from anywhere to members of the NU School of Law community (MIJGL). All vols. except most current available through HeinOnline Available from anywhere to all members of the Northwestern University community.
  • Ohio State Journal on Dispute Resolution. Vol. 10, no. 2 (1995)- available through Lexis Available from anywhere to members of the NU School of Law community (OHSJDR). Vol. 9 (1993)- available through Westlaw Available from anywhere to members of the NU School of Law community(OHSJDR); all vols. except most current available via HeinOnline Available from anywhere to all members of the Northwestern University community.
  • Pepperdine Dispute Resolution Law Journal. Vol. 1 (2000)- available through Lexis Available from anywhere to members of the NU School of Law community (PEPPDR). Vol. 1 (2000)- available through Westlaw Available from anywhere to members of the NU School of Law community(PEPDRLJ). All vols. except most current available through HeinOnline Available from anywhere to all members of the Northwestern University community.
  • Privacy and Information Law Report. Sept. 2000- available through Lexis Available from anywhere to members of the NU School of Law community (GLAPRI).
  • Public Employment Law Report. Oct. 2001- available through Westlaw Available from anywhere to members of the NU School of Law community (OAKPEMPLR).
  • School Employment Legal Alert. Oct. 2001- available through Westlaw Available from anywhere to members of the NU School of Law community (OAKSELA).
  • Temple Political and Civil Rights Law Review. Vol. 2 (1992)- available through Lexis Available from anywhere to members of the NU School of Law community (TPCRLR). Vol. 2, no. 2 (1993)- available through Westlaw Available from anywhere to members of the NU School of Law community(TMPPCRLR).
  • Texas Forum on Civil Liberties and Civil Rights. Vol. 2 (1994/95)- available through Lexis Available from anywhere to members of the NU School of Law community (TFCLCR). Vol. 2 (1996)- available through Westlaw Available from anywhere to members of the NU School of Law community(TXFCLCR). Available through HeinOnline Available from anywhere to all members of the Northwestern University community.
  • University of Pennsylvania Journal of Labor and Employment Law. All volumes (except most current) available via HeinOnline Available from anywhere to all members of the Northwestern University community. Vol. 1, no. 2 (fall 1998)- available through Lexis Available from anywhere to members of the NU School of Law community (UPAJLE). Vol. 1 (1998)- available through Westlaw Available from anywhere to members of the NU School of Law community (UPAJLEL).
  • LegalTrac Available from anywhere to members of the NU School of Law community. An index of articles in approximately 800 legal journals.
  • Index to Legal Periodicals and Books Available from anywhere to all members of the Northwestern University community. Indexes articles from over 800 legal journals (beginning in 1981), and from major law books published since 1993. "Legal Periodicals Retro" component allows for searching for articles dating back to 1918, and can be searched by itself or simultaneously with the Index to Legal Periodicals & Books covering 1981 to present.
  • Lexis Available from anywhere to members of the NU School of Law communityhas a file for searching for labor law articles from hundreds of law reviews.
  • If you don't see the journal title you're looking for here, try our Law and Law-Related Journals on the Web page.
  • Current Index to Legal Periodicals Available from anywhere to members of the NU School of Law community. A current awareness service of articles in over 500 legal journals.
  • Use NUcat to see whether the Pritzker Legal Research Center or another Northwestern University library owns a print copy of the journal you are seeking.

Other Resources

  • BNA Labor and Employment Law Library Available from anywhere to members of the NU School of Law community Provides access to news, cases, administrative decisions, and more. Major topics of focus include: American with Disabilities Act, fair employment practices, individual employment rights, wages and hours, labor relations, collective bargaining, and labor arbitration.
  • Dictionary of Occupational Titles. From the U.S. Dept. of Labor.
  • FindLaw: Labor Law. Gateway to laws, journals, mailing lists, government agencies, and other information on employment and labor law.
  • Glossary of Labor and Legal Terminology. From the Center for Labor Education and Research at the University of Hawaii.
  • Hieros Gamos: Employment Law. Gateway to information on supranational organizations, national regimes, discussion groups, publications, and other resources.
  • Illinois Institute for Continuing Legal Education handbooks. Handbooks on aspects of Illinois law and practice. Handbooks specific to labor and employment law are:
    Employment Discrimination, 2007 Must be used while on the NU campus
    Employment Termination, 2002 Must be used while on the NU campus
    Workers' Compensation Practice (Illinois) 2004 Edition, Updated 2006 Must be used while on the NU campus
    Labor Law Handbook, 2002 Must be used while on the NU campus
  • ILOLEX. From the International Labour Organization (ILO). A "trilingual database containing ILO Conventions and Recommendations, ratification information, comments of the Committee of Experts and the Committee on Freedom of Association, representations, complaints, interpretations, General Surveys, and numerous related documents."
  • LMI Source: Your Source for Illinois Labor Market Information. By the Illinois Department of Employment Security, this site provides "employment statistics, job forecast, wages and demographic characteristics" for the state.
  • NATLEX. From the International Labour Organization (ILO). "A continuously-updated database containing references to more than 55,000 national laws on labour, social security, and related human rights, and over 300 laws in full text."
  • NUcat. To search for books and other materials in the Northwestern University libraries.
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