Researching Labor & Employment Law
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Labor and employment statutes and regulations exist at both the federal and state level. They are enforced and interpreted by administrative agencies and the courts. This means that both administrative and judicial primary sources may contain relevant information.
Many federal statutes related to labor and employment law may be found in Title 29 of the United States Code (Reserve KF62 2000x). State codes also cover employment and labor law. A listing of the state codes available at the University of Minnesota Law Library can be found at: http://library.law.umn.edu/stateslist.html. A listing of relevant state statutory provisions can be found at http://topics.law.cornell.edu/wex/table_labor. Current codes can be found on the plaza level of the library, in the primary collection. More on researching statutory law can be found in: Researching Session Laws and Statutes http://library.law.umn.edu/researchguides/statutes.html.
Many federal regulations can be found in Title 29 of the Code of Federal Regulations (Primary KF70.A34 I53x). State regulations are compiled in the administrative code for each state. A listing of the state administrative codes available at the University of Minnesota Law Library can be found at: http://library.law.umn.edu/stateslist.html. The current regulations promulgated by Minnesota agencies are found in the Minnesota Rules (Primary KFM5434.5 .M56x). For more on researching agency regulations please see our guide, Researching Federal and Minnesota Regulations at: http://library.law.umn.edu/researchguides/adminlaw.html.
While many federal and state cases on employment and labor law can be found in general case reporters, it is most efficient to use topical reporters. The University of Minnesota Law Library has several related to labor and employment law:
A good starting point for finding reprinted texts of the above primary sources is a looseleaf service, an up-to-date compilation of statutes, regulations, and cases related to particular topics. The following services are excellent resources for labor and employment law research:
Secondary sources provide commentary and analysis and are useful for finding primary sources. Included are bibliographies, dictionaries, books, and periodical articles. Below are examples of useful secondary resources related to labor and employment law. These are starting points only, and should not be considered an exhaustive list.
Books can be found by searching MNCAT (http://mncat.lib.umn.edu), the University of Minnesota’s online catalog. They can also be found in WorldCat (http://www.lib.umn.edu/get/2984), a database showing the holdings of numerous libraries in the U.S. and abroad. Relevant materials can be found using the following subject searches:
Useful titles include:
Periodicals on labor and employment can be found by searching MNCAT or WorldCat by subject, using “labor laws and legislation – periodicals.” To further narrow the search by region, use “labor laws and legislation – [place] – periodicals.” Some periodicals may be available electronically. Those that are available through a University subscription will have a link provided in the catalog. They may also be accessed by going to: http://tc.liblink.umn.edu/sfx_local/azlist/default. Below is a sampling of employment and labor specific periodicals. Remember that many general legal periodicals also include labor and employment topics. Use Index to Legal Periodicals and Books or LegalTrac to identify relevant articles.