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Employment Law

Elective Course

This course broadly covers the federal and state law that regulates the relationship between employers and employees, and provides employees and applicants for employment with rights vis-a-vis an employer.

Federal Statutes that are covered include: The National labor Relations Act (governing union-management relations); Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 (prohibiting discrimination based on gender, race, color, national origin, and religion), the Equal Pay Act (age discrimination), the Americans with Disability Act (disability discrimination), the Employment Retirement Income Security Act (employee pension and benefit protection), the Occupational Safety and Health Act (employee workplace health and safety protections), the Family Medical Leave Act (employees are accorded with medical and family leave), the worker Adjustment and Retraining Notification Act (employee notice prior to plant closings or mass layoffs), and COBRA (employee health plan continuation after termination or other qualifying employment departure).

Montana State statutes that are covered include: Wrongful Discharge From Employment Act (requiring Montana employers to: (1) have "good cause" to discharge, (2) not to discharge an employee in violation of its own written personnel policy, and (3) not discharge an employee in retaliation of the employee's refusal to violate public policy or reporting a public policy violation), the Montana Human Rights Act (prohibiting Montana employers from discriminating against employees based on their protected class status), and Montana unemployment law.

This is a comprehensive course important for the trial or business attorney.