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283.9 sec. 1 - Current Topics in Employment Law Affecting Low Wage Workers (Spring 2014)
"An Exploration of Current and Controversial Employment Law Issues from the Employer and Employee Perspective"

Instructor: David Rosenfeld  (view instructor's teaching evaluations | profile)
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Units: 3
Meeting Time: M 3:35-6:15
Meeting Location: 141

Course Start: January 06, 2014
Class Number (1Ls): 51086 (section 2)
Class Number (formerly Course Control Number) (Non-1Ls): 49900

This seminar will explore selected areas of employment law. The course will focus on current critical and often disputed issues. We will focus on how these laws affect low wage workers. We will touch upon how these issues are resolved in the unionized context. The course is designed for all students who have an interest in employment law. There many very contentious and interesting issues in the workplace affecting all employees and employers and we will cover some those issues.

The following are examples of current and very controversial subjects to be covered:
Implementation of the Affordable Care Act, impact of Windsor and same sex marriages, issues surrounding use of medical or otherwise legal marijuana by employees, current wage and hour issues in California, immigration problems affecting undocumented workers, programs to control violence and bullying in the workplace, mandatory arbitration of employment disputes, retaliation statutes and concerted activity under Section 7 of the NLRA, electronic monitoring in the workplace; the public and private pension funding crisis; privacy rights in the workplace; use and misuse of independent contractor status, family leave and responsibility issues, corporate responsibility for foreign workplaces (the Bangladesh problem), regulation of social media and the "Bring Your Own Device" problem. Students will select a paper and presentation topic from any employment law issue which interests them. The students may also do a paper and presentation on a labor law issue which is not covered in depth in the Labor Law Course. The Instructor will provide a list of suggestions. Students will lead the class discussion on their paper topics as part of the concluding sessions of the course. Students will complete the course with their paper. Students may satisfy the writing requirement. The course materials will consist of reading selected cases and other materials provided by the Instructor. The Instructor is available during this semester to talk with students who may have a particular interest in a subject to explore as part of the class

There is no prerequisite. This is not a survey course of employment law. Students who have an interest in employment law including in the unionized context or who have had experience with employment law issues are encouraged to participate.

This course may satisfy the Writing Requirement.

Exam Notes: P
Course Category: Work Law
This course is cross-listed in the following categories:
Business Law
Law and Economics
Social Justice and Public Interest

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