Federal labor legislation and how it has impacted the employee-employer relationship.
In this course you learned that the employer-employee relationship is longstanding and often the subject of conflict. Over the course of many years, conflict and contentious relationships have resulted in protective Federal legislation. Federal legislation comprises a significant component of our labor relations body of law. An ability to identify and discuss U.S. labor law is an important part of understanding contemporary U.S. labor relations.
For this assignment, you will be preparing an APA-formatted chart, graphic or timeline (using Word, Power Point or another multimedia tool of your choice) that identifies, describes and analyzes ten (10), in your view, of the most significant pieces of Federal labor legislation that have been an important part of 20th Century labor relations through the present day.
You will include the date of passage as well as a descriptive summary of all shared legislation. You will also share a critical analysis each noted piece of Federal labor legislation as well as how you believe the legislation has impacted the employee-employer relationship. Finally, you will reflect and analyze any noted gaps that are not addressed by the legislation.
As you evaluate Federal labor legislation for significance in this context (and inclusion in your project), you might ask yourself any/all of the following questions:
– Was the passage of a particular piece of legislation controversial? contested?
– Does the legislation impact (positively or negatively) those covered by it?
– Does the legislation remove any important protections for certain groups of workers?
– Does the legislation provide any important protections for certain groups of workers?
– Does the legislation impact, in a real and potentially meaningful way, the relationship between employing organizations and workers (potential, current, future)?
– Does the legislation seek to protect workers’ union activity?
– Does the legislation impose restrictions on the activities of labor and management?
For help locating applicable legislation, see:
Department of Labor
National Labor Relations Board
The ‘Lectric Law Library
Individual legislation summaries (and all associated analysis) should be approximately 150-200 words each. You may use spacing, font, color and margins that are best suited to your design choices. Use distinct titles or headings to clearly identify each piece of legislation.
Timeline Guidelines
Your titled submission (chart, graphic or timeline) should include each of the following elements:
A. A minimum of ten (10) pieces of significant Federal labor legislation. Make sure to provide legislation that covers the span of time beginning in the late 19th or early 20th Century through the present day. Selected legislation may have been passed in the 19th Century. Focus should be on legislation with impact throughout the 20th Century.
B. The title of each selected piece of legislation.
C. The date the legislation was passed (including the date(s) of any subsequent amendments to the legislation).
D. A clear and concise descriptive summary of the legislation. Summarize the legislation’s intent, breadth and coverage. Your analysis should include the following: What were the origins of the legislation? What are the key provisions of the legislation?
E. An analysis of each selected piece of legislation. Share an original analysis and interpretation of the legislation. Your analysis might address any/all of the following: What is the legislation’s significance? How has the legislation impacted organizations and our work environment? How has the legislation impacted employees? How has the legislation impacted the employer-employee relationship? Do you agree with the legislation?
F. An explanation and analysis of noted gaps that are not addressed by the legislation. Is the legislation appropriately comprehensive? Are there gaps that need to be addressed?
Using Sources
You may refer to the course material for supporting evidence, but you must also use at least three credible, outside sources and cite them using APA format. Identify any source in your References page. Any laws and legal cases referenced in the body of your timeline must also be included in your References page.
Please include a mix of both primary and secondary sources. At least one of your sources should be a reference to a primary source (i.e., a piece of legislation). If you use any Study.com lessons as sources, please also cite them in APA format (including the lesson title and instructor’s name).
Primary sources are first-hand accounts such as statutory provisions, case law, regulations, and Constitutions. Primary sources also include interviews, speeches, company documents, statements, and press releases published by a company in question.
Secondary sources come from peer-reviewed scholarly journals, such as the Labor Studies Journal. You may use sources like JSTOR, Google Scholar, and Cornell University Law School’s Legal Information Institute to find articles from these journals. Secondary sources may also come from reputable websites with .gov, .edu, or .org in the domain. (Wikipedia is not a reputable source, though the sources listed in Wikipedia articles may be acceptable.)