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Employment and Labor Law, 9th Edition

  • Patrick J. Cihon
  • James Ottavio Castagnera
  • ISBN-10: 130558001X
  • ISBN-13: 9781305580015
  • 800 Pages | Hardcover
  • Previous Editions: 2014, 2011, 2008
  • COPYRIGHT: 2017 Published
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About the Product

Now you can give students of business and other non-legal professions the comprehensive introduction to employment and labor-relations law they need with EMPLOYMENT AND LABOR LAW, 9E. Specially designed for the non-legal student, this book uses real case excerpts to encourage critical reasoning and illustrate how labor-related disputes arise and are resolved in the courts. Enlightening chapter features, such as The Working Law and Ethical Dilemma, connect with students by showing how labor legislation and ethical decision-making impact employees at all levels of organizations today. This edition highlights the latest information on timely issues, such as the NLRB and EEOC, the Fair Labor Standards Act, President Obama’s executive orders regarding undocumented immigrants and LGBT rights, Obamacare, the Defense of Marriage Act, and other employee-benefits developments. No other book on the market contains such a balanced coverage combined with a proven, student-friendly approach.


  • CASE TREATMENT OFFERS INTRIGUING SUMMARIZED CASES AND CASES THAT USE ACTUAL LANGUAGE OF THE COURT. Summarized cases, in which the authors outline the facts, issue, and decision of a real case in their own words, provide case illustrations that are student-friendly and intriguing to readers. Because learning to interpret cases in the language of the court is crucial to developing critical thinking skills, half of the cases in the text remain excerpted in the words of the court.

  • CONCEPT SUMMARIES REVIEW KEY LEGAL PRINCIPLES FROM EACH CHAPTER. These helpful learning features clearly outline the main legal principles that are illustrated throughout each chapter to guide reader review and study.

  • THE WORKING LAW HIGHLIGHTS LEGAL LAWS IN ACTION IN BUSINESS TODAY. This practical feature demonstrates the relevance of employment and labor laws that students are learning in today's business world.

  • ETHICAL DILEMMAS EMPHASIZES INTRUIGING AND PRACTIAL ETHICAL QUESTIONS. These features challenge students to respond to situations that involve pertinent ethical questions and put ethical behavior to the test.

  • VERSATILE END-OF-CHAPTER ASSIGNMENTS ENSURE STUDENT COMPREHENSION. Interesting short answer questions, updated case problems, and hypothetical scenarios give you a wide variety of ways to engage your students in practical applications and measure their comprehension.

About the Author

Patrick J. Cihon

Patrick J. Cihon is an Associate Professor of Law and Public Policy at Syracuse University's Whitman School of Management. His research interests include employment law, employment discrimination, labor relations, and dispute resolution. Professor Cihon is the co-author of West's TERMINATION OF EMPLOYMENT as well as a number of books and articles in the field of employment law. After a career with the Ontario Ministry of Labor, Professor Cihon joined Syracuse where he has received the Outstanding Faculty Member Award from both the Syracuse University Association of Graduate Business Students and the Syracuse Chapter of Beta Gamma Sigma. Professor Cihon earned his B.A. from Pennsylvania State University, an LL.B. from Osgoode Hall Law School of York University in Toronto, and an LL.M. from Yale Law School.

James Ottavio Castagnera

For 23 years, James Ottavio Castagnera was the Associate Provost and Legal Counsel for Academic Affairs at Rider University in Lawrenceville and Princeton (New Jersey). In that role, he oversaw the Center for International Education, the Office of Student Accessibility, and the Rebovich Institute for New Jersey Politics, as well as extensive regulatory matters, labor relations with the faculty union, and numerous other law-related and governance responsibilities. Today, Dr. Castagnera is a shareholder and consultant with K&C Human Resource Enterprises and Holland Media Services, which provides freelance writing, editing, training and consulting to higher education organizations from offices in Philadelphia and Los Angeles. In addition to EMPLOYMENT AND LABOR LAW, Dr. Castagnera has published 20 other books, including the HANDBOOK FOR STUDENT LAW, EMPLOYMENT LAW ANSWER BOOK, and West’s TERMINATION OF EMPLOYMENT with co-author Patrick Cihon. Dr. Castagnera holds a J.D. and Ph.D. from Case Western Reserve University and has been a member of the Pennsylvania Bar for 38 years.

Table of Contents

1. First the Forest, Then the Trees: An Overview of Employment and Labor Law.
2. Employment Contracts and Wrongful Discharge.
3. Commonly Committed Workplace Torts.
4. Employee Privacy Rights in the 21st Century.
5. The Global Perspective: International Employment Law and American Immigration Policy.
6. Title VII of the Civil Rights Act and Race Discrimination.
7. Gender and Family Issues: Title VII and Other Legislation.
8. Discrimination Based on Religion and National Origin and Procedures under Title VII.
9. Discrimination Based on Age.
10. Discrimination Based on Disability.
11. Other Equal Employment Opportunity and Employment Legislation: Federal and State Laws.
12. The Rise of Organized Labor and Its Regulatory Framework.
13. The Unionization Process.
14. Unfair Labor Practices by Employers and Unions.
15. Collective Bargaining.
16. Picketing and Strikes.
17. The Enforcement and Administration of the Collective Agreement.
18. The Rights of Union Members.
19. Public Sector Labor Relations.
20. Occupational Safety and Health.
21. The Employee's Safety Nets: Unemployment and Workers' Compensation, Social Security, and Retirement Plans.
22. The Fair Labor Standards Act.
Case Index.
Subject Index.

New to this edition

  • UPDATES HIGHLIGHT THE LATEST DEVELOPMENTS IN EMPLOYMENT DISCRIMINATION. This edition presents the latest Supreme Court decisions on affirmative action; Obama’s Executive Order forbidding LGBT discrimination by federal government contractors; EEOC’s recent lawsuits challenging settlement and release agreements that arguably interfere with the former employee’s right and duty to cooperate in Commission proceedings as a complainant and/or witness; and Supreme Court’s decision in the Hobby Lobby case dealing with a corporation holding religious views on contraceptive coverage.
  • REVISIONS ADDRESSES RECENT CHANGES RELATED TO THE NATIONAL LABOR RELATIONS ACT. Students examine current rulings, including the Supreme Court’s recent decision invalidating Obama’s "recess appointments" to the Board, the NLRB ruling that Northwestern University football players are employees qualified under the Act to vote for union representation, and the NLRB’s new rules on "snap elections".
  • NEW EDITION HIGHLIGHTS RECENT DECISIONS RELATED TO THE FAIR LABOR STANDARDS ACT. Coverage reviews the Department of Labor’s new test for unpaid internships in the for-profit arena; the class action lawsuit against the NCAA and its Division One members contending that student- and alumni-athletes are employees entitled to minimum-wage and overtime compensation; the Supreme Court’s unanimous decision that hourly employees in an Amazon warehouse can be required to wait up to 25 minutes in line for a security check at the close of their shifts without being compensated for that wait time.


All supplements have been updated in coordination with the Main title.
Please see Main title page for new to this edition information.

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