This module provides an overview of many U.S. laws that are related to managing and employing people in the workplace. By clicking on various links information can be obtained about specific laws regarding hiring issues, wage and hour laws, minors, taxes, heath and safety, discrimination, privacy and termination. Additional links are provided within most topics for more support information, usually with a link to state-specific details.
The goal is to familiarize the reader with the numerous legal requirements associated with managing employees in the workplace. It is especially relevant to small employers who many not have an in-house human resources department.
Target Student Population:
Students in upper level undergraduate Management and Human Resource Management courses.
Prerequisite Knowledge or Skills:
Students should have some basic understanding of the practices surrounding the hiring of employees. This may be gained through a Principles of Management or Human Resources Management course.
Type of Material:
This is a collection of information and links to other reference material on employment law.
The module can be used as a reference material and descriptive overview of the laws and regulations in regards to the management of people.
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Evaluation and Observation
The site itself provides a good overview of introductory material for a newcomer to the area of employment law. The laws and regulations are succinctly summarized and written in ?plain English? and the site is therefore a welcome change from many of the readings in the legal field. The reader can delve more deeply into a particular area of interest as the site provides numerous links to other information sources. Additionally, links to state-by-state laws are provided.
The site itself is written by the Small Business Administration and is designed to provide very broad and basic information that is oriented towards small business owners. The information provided is simplistic and does not indicate the legal complexities associated with hiring and managing employees. The links must be pursued in order to review detailed information about each area of employment law.
Potential Effectiveness as a Teaching Tool
This tool introduces students to a lot of information in a consolidated format. It makes them aware of the complexities of the legal environment when managing people in the workplace. The reference information can be used to supplement other assignments, such as case analyses. The link to Nola.com is particularly helpful as its mission is to translate ?legalese?into plain English.
The information provided by the site is fairly basic; many of the exceptions and intricacies of the law are identified only after the links have been pursued in detail.
Ease of Use for Both Students and Faculty
The information is well organized, clearly presented and easily accessed. While not all of the information on the site pertains to employment law, it is clearly labeled and easy to find. The links are helpful and informative.
The site is geared towards the needs of small business employers; therefore, some information that is more relevant to large employers is not included on the site.