MLAW 1020 (3 credits) - Legal Research Methods and ReasoningThe law is never static. Students will learn to review and apply newly issued laws or legal decisions in day-to-day activities. This course will enable students to find the law, to read and understand legal statutes and regulations, and to understand the analytic process lawmakers and lawyers use.
MEML 1030 (2 credits) - Technology and Privacy Concerns in the WorkplaceThis course will examine the limits on privacy in the employment setting and privacy issues related to an employee's behavior inside and outside the workplace. Specifically, the course will examine the legal limits on monitoring an employee’s email, computer usage, and outside activities. The course will also examine the legal limits on drug testing employees and checking an employee’s criminal, credit, and medical background. Students will develop an understanding of the legal, economic, and social benefits and risks of violating an employee’s privacy.
MLAW 1031 (3 credits) - Administrative LawThis course explores the role of administrative law in labor and employment. Students will review the sources of law for employers and management. In doing so, they will chart the overlapping and sometimes conflicting roles of federal and state legal regulation and study the implications and effects of the various types of laws that govern employment: administrative agency regulations, constitutional provisions, statutes, and court decisions.
Prerequisite MLAW 1020
MLAW 1032 (2 credits) - Federal Privacy LawThe privacy rights of individuals in all aspects of daily life have been of great concern over the last few years. The Federal government is heavily involved in crafting laws and regulations to protect an individual’s private information collected in a variety of contexts from being accessed and then used. This course will look at the three such federal laws and accompanying regulations: HIPAA (Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act); FERPA (Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act) and the Federal Privacy Act. The course is designed to introduce the students to the specifics of each of these federal privacy laws and to get the students to critically read and analyze and write about the issues presented by these statutes through a series of written exercises.
MEML 1040 (2 credits) - Overview of Federal Employment Law Statutes and RegulationsThis course provides the students with an introduction to Federal legislation and administrative regulations in the field of employment. Topics include Title VII, ADA, ADEA, FMLA, OSHA, ERISA, and FLSA.
MLAW 1065 (2 credits) - Survey of Tort and Contract LawThis course provides a detailed introduction to the legal principles and major concepts of tort and contract law. The class will focus on general liability, disputes in the employment context, construction and breach of contractual obligations.
MEML 1080 (2 credits) - Employment DiscriminationThis course will focus on the various laws prohibiting discrimination in the workplace, with a focus on federal statutes and regulations. Topics include Title VII, ADA, ADEA, and the FMLA. The students will also learn about how complaints are filed and investigated by the EEOC, with a detailed discussion on how the employer is required to respond to these complaints.
MEML 1090 (2 credits) - Developing and Maintaining Employment Policies and HandbooksThis course provides an understanding of how the laws and regulations impact the employment policies of a business, and how human resource professionals can find information regarding the formation of employment policies. Students will research and examine different employment policies, and ultimately draft an employment policy for their employers or business.
MEML 2020 (2 credits) - Employee BenefitsThis course provides an overview of the basics of employee benefit law. The course is designed to cover the relevant provisions of ERISA, including how plans are to be administered, how to avoid conflicts of interests, and how to comply with all regulatory limitations. It will also address how benefits plans can and must be transferred after an employee leaves the business, with a focus on COBRA and HIPAA.
Prerequisite MLAW 1020
MEML 2030 (2 credits) - Preventing Workplace HarassmentThis course will discuss Title VII anti-discrimination law and how courts attribute liability for harassment to employers. The course will focus on regulations, strategies, policies and procedures that are designed to prevent harassment or limit the liability of an employer for an employee’s or customer’s harassing conduct.
MEML 2040 (2 credits) - Hiring, Firing, Promoting and Evaluating EmployeesThis course will detail the laws that regulate how employees should be hired, fired, promoted, disciplined and evaluated. The course will explore the steps an employer should take to avoid allegations of discrimination during the hiring, firing or disciplinary process.
MEML 2050 (2 credits) - Immigration and Naturalization Concerns in EmploymentThe course is designed to introduce students to the complex area of immigration and nationality law relating to employment. The course will focus on the Immigration and Reform and Control Act, as amended by the Immigration and Nationality Act. Students will learn about steps employers should take to comply with nationality verification laws, and which persons may or may not work for U.S. businesses.
MEML 2060 (2 credits) - Law Regulating Wages and HoursThis course will explore the federal wage and hours standards regulated under the Fair Labor Standards Act. The course will focus on which employees are covered by the law and the minimal standards regarding wages, overtime pay and child labor.
MEML 2070 (2 credits) - Labor Law: Laws Regulating Unions and ManagementThe course will introduce students to basic labor law principles. It will focus on how a collective bargaining unit can be established, what constitutes an unfair labor practice, and the rules regulating the collective bargaining process. Students will learn some of the basic rules employers must follow when employees are trying to start a union, what they must do when a union has been established, and what is required to bargain in good faith.
Prerequisite MLAW 1020