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									CCBC Labor Studies Program
   Teaching Workers to Teach Themselves




   LBST 109—Labor Law II
                 Spring, 2006

Bill Barry-Program Director & Instructor
             (410) 285-9563
          bbarry@ccbcmd.edu



Always ask questions. It might lead you to somethin’

                                       Yogi Berra




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CCBC Dundalk
LBST 109  LABOR LAW II

Basic Course Information
   A. Term: Spring, 2006
   B. Instructor: Bill Barry
   C. Office: E-104-L (Classroom Building)
   D. (410) 285-9563 or bbarry@ccbcmd.edu
   E. Faculty web page: http://student.ccbcmd.edu/~wbarry/
   F. Prerequisites: RDNG 052/LVR 2, ENGL 052/LVE2

Course Goals
       A. This course will introduce students to a wide variety of workplace laws,
          including both federal and state statutes. Students will learn the history of
          legislation and the importance of political action as a method for improving
          workplace laws and will judge the impact of new technology and cultural
          changes on the workplace.

       B. Major topics. This course will:

      Illustrate important federal laws, which affect the workplace, especially The
       Family and Medical Leave Act, ERISA, WARN, and ADA,
      Assess the history of The Civil Rights Act of 1964 and importance of The Equal
       Opportunity Employment Commission, and the application of various “equal
       rights” laws to the workplace,
      Evaluate the law and the history of sex discrimination and sexual harassment
       issues
      Judge the various state and local laws, which cover the workplace,
      Identify the provisions and policies of the Maryland Workers Compensation Law,
      Evaluate the policies and procedures of the Maryland State Unemployment
       Commission
      Identify all the elements, history and practices of The National Labor Relations
       Act, and understand the NLRB policies on deferral,
      Evaluate the components of the arbitration process, including the history of The
       Steelworker Trilogy,


Course Requirements


     Grading/exams: Grading procedures will be determined by the individual faculty
member but will include the following:
     Two quizzes (15% each)
      A mid-term exam (20%)
     A final term project (20%) involving one law, and three cases which interpret it


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         Class participation, including asking and answering questions, and developing
knowledge of current events, which will be presented in class beginning in the fourth
week (30%)
         Students may do up to four extra credit assignments, one per month, and each will
count as an additional 10% of the final grade.
         Students are expected to attend, and to participate in every class. Each student is
only allowed up to two absences/tardies for the semester.. For each occurrence above this
level, no matter the reason, points will be deducted from the final grade. It is responsible
to let the instructor in advance if you are going to miss a class. Students who miss a class
must make up any assigned work. If a student is having difficulty, please get an
appointment with the instructor to help you out.
         INCLEMENT WEATHER POLICY: it is CCBC policy that if the campus
opens late due to weather conditions, classes will begin at the announced opening time,
so students should report to class accordingly. Students should listen to the radio for
announcements of closing, or can call (410) 282-6700. The instructor will also put a
message on his phone as soon as a closing decision is announced.
         All students in this class are considered to be gifted, so the assignments in the
syllabus should be considered the minimum—extra work can be developed through the
reading lists or the internet suggestions in the text book.
         Homework assignments precede class discussions so that students should have a
basic understanding of the topic before it is covered in class.

1. January 31—Class Introduction and Evaluation of Topics
       The labor law buffet—which delights shall we sample?
       “Negotiating the state”
       Corporate “law” and government intervention: theories and practices
       Collective bargaining as workplace law
       Grieve or sue?
       Class evaluation: the Sears law suit as a “current event”
       Changing workers/changing workplaces/changing laws
              Homework: Repa, Chapters 1, 9 and 17
                           Class Action, pp. 1-59

2. February 7—The U.S. Legal System and the Workplace
       The U.S. Constitution and the workplace
       The court structure: understanding “jurisdiction.”
       Case law
       History of workplace laws
       “How to analyze a Law” sheet
              Homework: Repa, Chapters 2 and 3
                            Class Action, pp.60-111
                            http://www.dol.gov/dol/compliance/comp-flsa.htm

3. February 14—Setting Wages and Benefits
       Who decides how much I get paid?
       Who decides what benefits I get?



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       The Fair Labor Standards Act
       Importance to a union contract
       The new FSLA
              Homework: Repa, Chapter 7
                          Class Action, pp. 112-181
                          http://www.eeoc.gov/,

4. February 21—Discrimination in the Workplace
       History of discrimination and anti-discrimination laws
       The U. S. Civil Rights Act of 1964
       “Disparate treatment”
              Homework, Class Action, pp.182-235
                           Quiz # 1 (due February 28)


      February 23—SPECIAL BLACK LABOR HISTORY PRESENTATION
                Struggles in Steel, with commentary by Ed Bartee, Sr.
                     7:00-9:00 p.m.—Dundalk Student Lounge


5. February 28—Discrimination in the Workplace—Race
       Love v. Pullman
       In-class video: Struggles in Steel
               Homework: Class Action, pp. 236-304


6. March 7— Race and Sex Discrimination
       Guest speakers: Patricia Tanner of EEOC and Lee Hoshall, of The Maryland
Human Relations Commission
              Homework, Class Action, pp. 305-385
                         Repa, Chapter 8

7. March 14--Discrimination--Race
       Affirmative action and “preferential” redress
              Homework: prepare class report on sexual harassment cases

8. March 21—Sex Discrimination
       Harassment, quid pro quo and hostile environment
       Class presentations on sexual harassment
              Homework: Quiz # 2 (due on March 28)

9. March 28--Sex Discrimination: Class Action
       General discussion on the book
       In-class video: North Country
       Homework: Repa, Chapter 12
                           http://www.workerscompensation.com/maryland.php


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10. April 4—Workers Compensation in Maryland
       Guest Speaker: Charles Wagner
              Homework: Repa, Chapters 5 and 6
                         http://www.dllr.state.md.us/labor/mosh.html
                         Mid-Term exam (due April 18)

                          April 11—no class—Spring Break

11. April 18—Safety and Health in the Workplace
       Guest Speaker: Bill Grabau of Maryland Occupation Health and Safety (MOSH)
              Homework: Repa, Chapter 14
                           http://www.dol.gov/dol/topic/health-plans/erisa.htm
                           http://www.dol.gov/dol/compliance/comp-fmla.htm

12. April 25—ERISA/FMLA
       Employee Retirement and Income Security Act
       Bankruptcy: The Bethlehem Steel case
                   United Airlines
       COBRA
       Family Medical Leave Act
              Homework: Repa, Chapter 11
                          http://www.dllr.state.md.us/employment/claimfaq.html

13. May 2— Unemployment Insurance
       Guest speaker: Susan Bass of Maryland Department of Licensing, Labor and
Regulation (DLLR)
              Homework: Repa, Chapter 4

14. May 9—Presentation of Term Projects




Required Reading: Barbara Kate Repa. Your Rights in the Workplace
                   Bingham & Gansler. Class Action: The Landmark Case That
Changed Sexual Harassment Law
Optional Reading:
               Union Labor Report Newsletter—a weekly report on many workplace
legal issues—in the CCBC Dundalk library reference section
               BNA Union Labor Report, v. 1 and 2—in the CCBC Dundalk library
reference section

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