Surveys the common law and selected state and federal statutory schemes that regulate the employment relationship in the United States. The course explores how state court decisions have eroded the employment at will doctrine; employee hiring and discharge; federal and state fair labor standards acts; employee privacy rights; occupational safety and health acts and worker's compensation.

Introduces MSL students to the structure of written legal analysis and the skills of legal drafting, and professional letter and email writing. Teaches basic legal citation and primary and secondary research skills. (3 credits)