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About the Book

Contemporary Employment Law 2E

Second Edition

C. Kerry Fields, University of Southern California
Henry R. Cheeseman, University of Southern California

2013.  832 pages.  ISBN: 978-1-4548-1804-5.

Instructor’s Manual, Test bank, Power Point Slides

About the Book

Designed for a one-semester course that covers the major aspects of law, the highly teachable Contemporary Employment Law explores the legal essentials of managing a modern workforce. The text identifies the differences between employees and independent contractors, then proceeds through the phases of hiring, promotion, and termination of employment. 

Modern employment issues covered include selecting employees; whistleblowing; immigration and nationality; current laws and regulations on pay, disability, and age discrimination; work-family conflicts; global employment; and much more. Each chapter features well-edited landmark cases. Students will learn to frame the issues that managers must identify in the workplace through abundant examples, management applications, and “Focus on Ethics” sections. The companion website offers online student support.

The presentation has been streamlined, to make the Second Edition even more readable and accessible. More short cases and practice forms help students learn. New Supreme Court, federal, and state  cases are briefed, including: AT&T Mobility LLC v. Concepcion, Wal-Mart Stores, Inc. v. Dukes , LP, Staub v. Proctor Hosp., Kasten v. Saint-Gobain Performance Plastics Corp., Christopher v. SmithKline Beecham, Rainey v. Domino’s Pizza, and Nixon-Tinkelman v. New York City Dep't of Health and Mental Hygiene; New statutes and regulations are explored, including: Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act of 2010, the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act of 2010, updates to the National Labor Relations Act (NLRA), and the implementation of Genetic Information Nondiscrimination Act of 2008. The text incorporates the influences of changing economic realities and business practices, and each chapter contains new ethic cases to prompt critical thinking. 

Hallmark features of Contemporary Employment Law:

  • designed for one-semester course on aspects of employment and discrimination law 
  • modern employment issues well-covered with human resource forms included 
  • selecting employees 
  • whistleblowing
  • immigration and nationality 
  • confidentiality and trade secret agreements
  • current laws and regulations on pay, disability and age discrimination 
  • work-family conflicts 
  • worker safety 
  • global employment and more
  • powerful chapter format with robust pedagogy 
  • well-edited landmark cases
  • abundant, compelling examples 
  • management applications
  • “Focus on Ethics”
  • Human Resource forms
  • Key terms and concepts
  • Online student support website 
  • Resources, forms, quizzes, additional assignments, extracts of pertinent statutes

Thoroughly updated, the revised Second Edition presents:

  • streamlined presentation that is more readable and accessible 
  • influences of changing economic realities and business practices 
  • new U.S. Supreme Court, federal, and state cases:
                o AT&T Mobility LLC v. 
    Concepcion 
                o Wal-Mart Stores, Inc. v. Dukes 
                o Staub v. Proctor Hosp.
                o Kasten v. Saint-Gobain Performance Plastics Corp. 
                o Christopher v. SmithKline Beecham 
                o Perich v. Hosanna 
                o Rainey v. Domino’s Pizza 
                o Nixon-Tinkelman v. New York City Dep't of Health and Mental Hygiene and more
  • new statutes and regulations 
  • Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act of 2010 
  • Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act of 2010 and its regulations
  • updates to National Labor Relations Act (NLRA) 
  • implementation of Genetic Information Nondiscrimination Act of 2008
  • New ethics cases in every chapter

Preface / Sample Chapters