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Barbara Bavis, Bibliographic and Research Instruction Librarian, Law Library of Congress
Robert Brammer, Senior Legal Information Specialist, Law Library of Congress
Janeen Williams, Legal Reference Librarian, Law Library of Congress
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Jason Zarin, Senior Legal Reference Librarian, Law Library of Congress
Note: This guide is adapted from a "Beginner's Guide" blog post published on the Law Library's blog, In Custodia Legis, in 2013.
Created: June 15, 2018
Last Updated: June 26, 2023
Employment and Labor Law has been at the forefront of many discussions in recent years. In 2017, the Supreme Court of the United States handed down a decision on Janus v. American Federation of State, County, and Municipal Employees, et al. [PDF], ruling that non-union members are not required to pay fees to public sector unions, and in doing so, overruled the 1977 Abood v. Detroit Board of Education decision holding that public employees could be required to pay a portion of union dues to cover the expenses of collective bargaining, contract administration, and grievance adjustment purposes. In 2013, the Court decided Vance v. Ball State University, holding that an employee is a "supervisor" for purposes of vicarious liability under Title VII of the Civil Rights Act only if that employee is empowered by the employer to take tangible employment action against the victim.
Whether your employment law or labor law related issue is on the cutting edge like the cases above, or not, this research guide can help you to get started in your research.