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This chapter helps students review the concepts in an Employment and Labor Law unit of a standard college business course. Topics covered include:
- Employment discrimination
- Minimum wage and child labor
- Family and medical leave
- Workers' compensation
- Unemployment compensation
- Social Security Act and Federal Insurance Contributions Act
- Retirement and pensions plans
- Wrongful termination
1. What is Employment Law? - An Introduction to Employment Law
Employment law is a broad area of the law. In general, this area governs the employer-employee relationship, but includes many subjects. This lesson will define and explain employment law.
2. Employment-at-Will: Definition, Advantages & Implied Contracts
Many employees work 'at-will,' meaning they can quit at any time and for any reason. This arrangement has certain advantages and disadvantages. This lesson explains employment-at-will, including the impact implied contracts have on employment-at-will.
3. Employment Discrimination: Definition and Laws
Employment discrimination occurs when a job applicant or employee is mistreated based on his or her race, national origin, gender, disability, religion, or age. This lesson defines employment discrimination and looks at Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964.
4. Minimum Wage & Child Labor: Purpose of the Fair Labor Standards Act
The Fair Labor Standards Act was passed during the Industrial Revolution and Great Depression eras of the United States. It was common for workers to experience cruel work environments during this time. This lesson explains the purpose of the Fair Labor Standards Act, including the provisions on minimum wages and child labor.
5. Family and Medical Leave: Legislation and Purpose
The Family Medical Leave Act allows an employee to take an unpaid leave of absence from his or her job for certain family or medical reasons, without losing the job and without losing health insurance coverage. This lesson explains the Family Medical Leave Act.
6. What Is Workers' Compensation? - Laws and Purpose
Workers' compensation laws require insurance protection for people who are injured or become ill due to job requirements. These laws are designed to provide these disabled employees with fixed monetary awards and avoid litigation. This lesson explains workers' compensation.
7. Unemployment Compensation: Definition, Benefits & Purpose
Unemployment compensation is a type of temporary benefit paid to people who have lost their jobs. This lesson explains unemployment compensation, including its purpose and benefits.
8. Social Security: Legislation and Issues
Passed as part of the New Deal in 1935, the Social Security Act established benefits for retired and unemployed people. This lesson generally explains the Social Security Act and the Federal Insurance Contributions Act.
9. Understanding Retirement and Pension Plans
Businesses use many different types of retirement plans for their employees. Two of the most common are pension plans and 401(k) plans. This lesson discusses these two kinds of retirement plans.
10. OSHA: Ensuring Workplace Safety
The Occupational Safety and Health Act was enacted in 1970 and created the Occupational Safety and Health Administration, or OSHA. This lesson discusses the role of OSHA in ensuring workplace safety.
11. Collective Bargaining: Definition and Labor Relations Legislation
The National Labor Relations Act established the National Labor Relations Board and required employers to use collective bargaining. This lesson explains these labor law concepts.
12. What Is the Whistleblower Act? - Definition, Rights & Protection
A whistleblower is an employee that reports an employer's misconduct. There are laws that protect whistleblowers from being fired or mistreated for reporting misconduct. One of these laws is the Whistleblower Protection Act. This lesson explains the Whistleblower Protection Act and other laws that protect whistleblowers.
13. What Is Wrongful Termination? - Definition & Conditions
Wrongful termination happens when an employee is fired for illegal reasons or for reasons that violate company policy. This lesson explains wrongful termination and takes a look at a case example.
14. Sexual Orientation Discrimination in the Workplace: Definition, Laws & Cases
In this lesson you will learn about sexual orientation discrimination. We'll also cover the laws that were created to protect individuals based on their sexual orientation as well as court cases surrounding discrimination in the workplace.
15. Underground Economy: Definition & Examples
In this lesson, we'll learn about the underground economy. We'll look at some examples, who it hurts, and what is being done to stop it. This will be followed by a summary and quiz.
16. What is Age Discrimination in the Workplace? - Definition, Cases & Examples
Age discrimination in the workplace happens when a person's age is unfairly used as a factor in his or her employment. The Age Discrimination in Employment Act of 1967 was enacted to protect older workers from this type of discrimination.
17. What is Disability Discrimination? - Definition, Laws & Examples
Disabled people have a right to work and federal law protects them from discrimination. In this lesson, you'll learn about disability discrimination and relevant laws that make it illegal. A short quiz follows the lesson.
18. What is Racial Discrimination in the Workplace? - Examples, Statistics & Cases
Racial discrimination in employment situations is illegal in the United States. But how do we recognize it, and what can be done about it? Let's take a closer look.
19. What is Sex Discrimination in the Workplace? - Definition, Laws & Examples
It is a violation of federal law for an employer to discriminate against job applicants and employees on the basis of sex. In this lesson, you'll learn about federal sex discrimination laws. A short quiz follows the lesson.
20. Americans With Disabilities Act in Business: Definition, Summary & Regulations
The Americans with Disabilities Act is an important employment law protecting the rights of disabled individuals. In this lesson, you will be provided a summary of the important concepts of the Act and its key provisions. A short quiz follows the lesson.
21. Employment Division of Oregon v. Smith: Summary & Decision
Employment Division v. Smith is an important Supreme Court case which actually went to the Supreme Court twice. Each case focused on the Free Exercise Clause of the First Amendment. In this lesson, we will explore the cases, their decisions and how they relate to current events.
22. Ricci v. Destefano: Summary & Decision
In this lesson, we will learn about the case of ''Ricci v. Destefano''. We will gain an understanding of the case and the background information as well as learn about the court's decision.
23. Safe Working Conditions: Purpose & Concept
Every year millions of people are injured on the job. Learn more about the laws governing workplace safety and the programs in place to compensate injured workers and their families.
24. What is Child Labor? - Definition, Laws, Facts & Statistics
This lesson discusses the global definition of child labor and the laws of other countries where child labor is prevalent. It presents facts and statistics on how child labor affects society. After the lesson, take the quiz to see what you learned.
25. What is a Sweatshop? - Definition, Conditions & Facts
Every Monday morning, many people wake up and dread going to work. They might see things differently if they had to work in a sweatshop. Read on to find out how bad a job can be.
26. Employment Law: Challenges & Trends
Ever wonder how you, as an employer or employee, are protected under employment law? This lesson will cover the main issues covered by employment laws, along with the trends you can expect to see in the near future.
27. Impact of Global Issues on Employment Law
This lesson will go over global issues and employment law and how they affect domestic and international organizations. Specifically, this lesson will review immigration challenges, international trade, employee compensation, outsourcing, and fair labor standards.
28. Gender Discrimination Laws & Employer Obligations
There are specific laws meant to prevent gender discrimination. Employers have certain obligations in order to conform to these laws. In this lesson, learn what these laws entail and what obligations employers have to meet these laws' requirements.
29. State Approaches to Workplace Drug & Alcohol Testing
Because federal law doesn't offer substantial guidance on the issue, pre-employment and employee drug screening are regulated by individual states. There are profound differences among the states, and employer rights and responsibilities vary dramatically depending on jurisdiction.
30. Intelligence & Personality Testing in the Workplace
This lesson will cover the types of personality and intelligence tests used by employers for hiring and promotion purposes. This lesson will also cover the issues that these tests can cause.
31. Polygraphs & the Workplace
This lesson discusses what a polygraph is, how it can be used in the workplace, and the risks and limitations of a polygraph test. Additionally, it will cover when the polygraph might be used within a business environment.
32. The Walsh-Healey Public Contracts Act of 1936
In this lesson, we will look at what kind of employers are covered under the Walsh-Healey Public Contracts Act of 1936 as well as the rules these employers must follow in their employment practices.
33. The California Agricultural Labor Relations Act of 1975
In this lesson, learn about the California Agricultural Labor Relations Act of 1975 and find out why the act was enacted, how it has affected California in the past, and what effects it has on California's agricultural laborers today.
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