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Employment Law: Statutes & Practice Guides

A guide to researching Employment Law for law students, bar examinees, and other library patrons

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Definitions

Zone of Employment — The physical place of employment within which an employee, if injured there, can receive compensation.

Employment at Will — Employment that is usually undertaken without a contract and that may be terminated at any time, by either the employer or the employee, without cause.

McDonnell Douglas test —The principle for applying a shifting burden of proof in employment-discrimination cases, requiring the plaintiff to show evidence of discrimination and the defendant to show evidence showing that the employment action complained of was taken for nondiscriminatory reasons.

Mixed-Motive Doctrine — The principle that, when the evidence in an employment-discrimination case shows that the complained-of employment action was based in part on a nondiscriminatory reason and in part on a discriminatory reason, the plaintiff must show that discrimination was a motivating factor for the employment action and, if the plaintiff makes that showing, then the defendant must show that it would have taken the same action without regard to the discriminatory reason.

Workers’ Compensation — A system of providing benefits to an employee for injuries occurring in the scope of employment.

Respondeat Superior —The doctrine holding an employer or principal liable for the employee's or agent's wrongful acts committed within the scope of the employment or agency.

Collective Bargaining — Negotiations between an employer and the representatives of organized employees to determine the conditions of employment, such as wages, hours, discipline, and fringe benefits.

Scope of Employment — The range of reasonable and foreseeable activities that an employee engages in while carrying out the employer's business

All definitions are from Black's Law Dictionary (9th ed. 2009).

Statutes

LexisNexis Link to Worker's Compensation Handbook.

Practice Guides

Websites

U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission: The EEOC is responsible for enforcing federal laws that make it illegal to discriminate against a job applicant or an employee because of the person's race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, disability or genetic information. Besides general information about the EEOC, you can also find information geared toward workers, employers, and Federal agencies

Texas Workforce Commission: Geared toward the Texas community, the TWC website provides resources and tools for employees, businesses, and community partners, including links to Texas laws and regulations related to employment law.

Employment Law Guide, U.S. Department of Labor: This Guide describes the major statutes and regulations administered by the U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) that affect businesses and workers. The Guide is designed mainly for those needing "hands-on" information to develop wage, benefit, safety and health, and nondiscrimination policies for businesses.