This course could be called "Work and Walmart." We will survey basic topics of the law of work, including common law and statutory regulation of employment termination, employee privacy, and the federal, state, and local regulation of wages, benefits, and working conditions, including living wage initiatives. The course will focus especially on the challenges of regulating work in the global economy. Among the practical and policy issues we will cover are: How can and should minimum labor standards be defined and enforced in a world in which many jobs can be moved to lower-wage markets? How has immigration affected the regulation of work in the U.S.? There will be a take-home exam that students can take on any day during the final exam period.
Please note that course organization and content may vary substantially from semester to semester and descriptions are not necessarily professor specific. Please contact the instructor directly if you have particular course-related questions.