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Employment Law Doctrines - Chapter Summary
Take a look at this comprehensive employment law chapter to review important information about employment law doctrines. As you work through this series of short lessons, you'll become familiar with the purposes of employment law, the roles of principals and agents, human resource management laws, at-will employment concepts and much more. When you're finished with each lesson, try the accompanying self-assessment quiz to make sure you fully understand essential terms and concepts. You can complete the chapter at your own pace, and our instructors are available to answer any questions you may have about employment law doctrines. Reviewing this chapter can help you:
- Explain the fundamentals of employment law
- Describe the responsibilities and duties of a principal
- Compare the contractual liabilities of principals and agents
- Identify an agent's fiduciary duties
- Explain problems associated with agency relationships
- Understand implied contracts and exceptions for at-will employment
- Comprehend recruitment and selection-related HRM laws
- Summarize the typical hiring process
- Interpret federal and state laws pertaining to the hiring of employees
- Assess various ethical issues in human resources
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. Duties and Responsibilities of a Principal
Agency relationships require both a principal and an agent. Each of these parties owes certain duties and obligations to the other. This lesson explains the obligations principals owe to their agents.
3. Contractual Liability & Authority of a Principal
Many business transactions are conducted through the use of agency relationships. This means an agent conducts business on behalf of a principal. This lesson discusses the liability of a principal for contracts made by an agent.
4. Contractual Liability of an Agent
An agent with authority normally can't be held personally liable for a contract made on behalf of a principal. This lesson explains those special circumstances when an agent may be held liable for a contract.
5. Fiduciary Duties of an Agent
Agency relationships are fiduciary relationships. This means the agent is obligated to act in the best interests of the principal. This lesson explains the fiduciary duties agents owe to their principals.
6. Agency Relationship: Definition, Principles & Problems
Agency relationships always involve an agent and a principal, though the agency relationship can arise in various ways. This lesson explains agency relationships.
7. 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.
8. Employee Rights: Employment-At-Will Doctrine & Exceptions
Most employment relationships in the United States are subject to the employment-at-will doctrine. In this lesson, you'll learn about the employment-at-will doctrine and its exceptions. You'll also have the chance to take a short quiz.
9. Abiding by HRM Laws Regarding Recruitment & Selection
In this lesson, you will learn about each step of the recruitment and hiring process and what you can and cannot do according to laws and regulations.
10. The Hiring Process: How Human Resource Managers Recruit and Hire Employees
When a company is hiring, they need to ensure that they hire the right employees. There are several different steps involved in the hiring process. This lesson explains these steps that include application forms, testing, interviewing, reference checks and health exams.
11. Hiring Employees: Federal & State Laws on Documentation
Form I-9, Form W4, additional tax withholding paperwork... there are many required forms for a new hire to complete when they start work. This lesson reviews the mandatory documentation that a job candidate must complete in order to be legally employed.
12. Ethical Issues in HR: Definition & Importance
Unethical behavior from a business can create problems with regulators and have adverse effects on a company's bottom line. In this lesson, you'll learn about ethical issues relevant to HR and the importance of ethical organizational behavior.
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Other chapters within the Business 314: Employment Law course
- Employment Relationships
- Employment Law & Regulations
- Employment Law Issues & Trends
- Torts in Employment Law
- Labor Laws & Unions
- Employment Discrimination
- Workplace Sexual Harassment Laws & Issues
- Diversity in the Work Place
- Employee Rights & Privacy
- Employee Protections Against Retaliation
- Workplace Health & Safety Requirements
- Compensation, Wage & Hour Regulation
- Benefit Programs
- Performance Management in the Workplace
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