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Below is a sample breakdown of the Employment and Labor Law chapter into a 5-day school week. Based on the pace of your course, you may need to adapt the lesson plan to fit your needs.
|Day||Topics||Key Terms and Concepts Covered|
|Monday||Overview of employment law; employment-at-will||General definition of employment law and implied contracts; definition of employee/employment-at-will|
|Tuesday||Employment discrimination, minimum wage and child labor; family and medical leave||Definition of terms, Title VII of the 1964 Civil Rights Act, Fair Labor Standards Act and purpose of Family and Medical Leave Act|
|Wednesday||Worker's compensation, unemployment compensation and social security||Definition and purpose/benefits of compensation laws; description of the Social Security Act and the Federal Insurance Contributions Act|
|Thursday||Retirement and OSHA||Types of retirement plans and pension plans, vested interest; role of the Occupational Safety and Health Act in the workplace|
|Friday||Labor relations||In-depth discussion of collective bargaining, wrongful termination, the National Labor Relations Act/Board and the Whistleblower Act|
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.
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