Detailinformationen zum Modul 
Labor and Employment Law in the U.S.A.: An Introduction and Overview
Bachelor (UNI)
Fakultät innerhalb der Fakultät/zentrale Einrichtung:
Wirtschaftswissenschaftliche Fakultät
Althammer, Jörg
Leistungspunkte (ECTS-Punkte):
- In this lecture students get in-depth knowledge of the theories and methods of Labor and Employment Law in the U.S.A.
- The course enables students to perceive lax problems at an international level, to analyze them and to develop appropriate solutions.
Although frequently portrayed as the land of “hire and fire,” the actual situation in the U.S. presents a rather more complicated picture. This module will provide a comprehensive introduction to and overview of the employment-ordering regime in the United States.
To do this, the module will investigate the key characteristics of the National Labor Relations Act, the Nation‟s basic labour relations law, including the central features of American collective bargaining and the protections the NLRA extends to non-unionized workers. It then will turn to a consideration of individual employment law, considering, among other matters, the rise and the qualification of the employment at will rule and the extent of common law protections of individual autonomy. Some overview of the American minimum wage law and workplace safety laws will be provided. The rise of the use of mandatory arbitration as a substitute to common law courts for the vindication of employment rights will be considered. The module also will investigate American anti-discrimination law, with a special emphasis on the impact of Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964.
No previous background is necessary or expected. Constant reference will be had to comparative considerations of American with German and European law. Presentations will be framed with reference to the history of legal developments, the philosophical tendencies that direct American developments and attitudes, and the influence of religious thought in the ordering regime. The American system of federalism and its impact on employment ordering will be part of the discussion. Current trends in the law and the future of work will be discussed. Reading will be assigned from materials available on library reserve.
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Work performance will be mainly evaluated by means of a term paper (about. 15 pages). However, a presentation in
combination with the term paper is necessary due to the goals of this class
Zeitaufwand/Verteilung der ECTS-Punkte innerhalb des Moduls:
20 h = Time of attendance lecture
20 h = Preparation and postprocessing lecture
100 h = Preparation and self study term paper
140 h = Total workload
- Term paper / essay 80%
- Oral presentation 20%
Lehr- und Lernmethode:
- Introduction to the subject by lectures
- Presentation of results by students
- Group discussion
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