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Human Resources Management

HR and the Law

This guide was created as an addition resource featuring links to appropriate Internet based resources specifically chosen to support the following eCornell courses:

"Human Resources and the Law"

"Issues and Concepts in Equal Employment Opportunities Law"

"Employment Law for the HR Professional"


Catherwood Library of the School of Industrial and Labor Relations at Cornell University is considered a nation resource in the areas of collective bargaining and human resource management.  This guide is a result of our partnership with eCornell and our Extension division.

Legal Starting Points

Cornell's Legal Information Institute
Well organized starting point for employment and labor law. This site provides overviews of the law in collective bargaining, employment discrimination, unemployment compensation, pensions, workplace safety, and worker's compensation. Links to federal and state laws, regulations, and judicial decisions in each of the above areas.

FindLaw began in 1995 as a list of Internet resources compiled by engineer and attorney Timothy Stanley and attorney Stacy Stern for a workshop of the Northern California Law Librarians. The response to the material was so positive that the team decided to post it on the Web and in January 1996, FindLaw was launched. Of particular interest are the sections on Labor & Employement Law and HR. 

Government Agencies

Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS)
The Bureau of Labor Statistics is the principal fact-finding agency for the Federal Government in the broad field of labor economics and statistics. Their site is an excellent source for labor statistics. Employment cost trends. Labor force statistics from the current population survey. Safety and health statistics. Online news releases on hot topics (i.e. "Expenditures for health care plans by employers and employees"). Both national and regional data. Keyword searching available.

Equal Employment Opportunity Comission (EEOC)
With its headquarters in Washington, D.C., and through the operations of 50 field offices nationwide, the EEOC coordinates all federal equal employment opportunity regulations, practices, and policies. The Commission interprets employment discrimination laws, monitors the federal sector employment discrimination program, provides funding and support to state and local Fair Employment Practices Agencies (FEPAs), and sponsors outreach and technical assistance programs. This website features a summary of laws enforced by the agency, fact sheets, press releases on hot topics, information on technical assistance and training programs offered by the EEOC.

National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health
The National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) is the Federal agency responsible for conducting research and making recommendations for the prevention of work-related diseases and injury. The Institute is part of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).

National Labor Relations Board
The National Labor Relations Board is an independent federal agency created by Congress in 1935 to administer the National Labor Relations Act, the primary law governing relations between unions and employers in the private sector. This site contains weekly summary of cases, search index of past decisions and orders, NLRB rules and regulations and Directory of Headquarters and Field Offices.

Occupational Safety and Health Administration
The mission of the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) is to save lives, prevent injuries and protect the health of America's workers. View or download safety and health online publications valuable to employees and employers. Subjects covered include ergonomics, statistics & data. Useful FAQ page. Download interactive software to aid in compliance with OSHA standards.

U.S. Department of Labor
The U.S. Department of Labor is charged with preparing the American workforce for new and better jobs, and ensuring the adequacy of America's workplaces. It is responsible for the administration and enforcement of over 180 federal statutes. These legislative mandates and the regulations produced to implement them cover a wide variety of workplace activities for nearly 10 million employers and well over 100 million workers, including protecting workers' wages, health and safety, employment and pension rights; promoting equal employment opportunity; administering job training, unemployment insurance and workers' compensation programs; strengthening free collective bargaining and collecting, analyzing and publishing labor and economic statistics.

Veterans' Employment and Training Service
The mission of the agency is to help veterans, reservists, and National Guard members in securing employment and the rights and benefits associated with such, through existing programs, the coordination and merger of programs, and the implementation of new programs. Services provided are to be consistent with the changing needs of employers and the eligible veterans' population. 

Commercial Publishers

BNA is one of the foremost publisher of print and electronic news, analysis, and reference products, providing intensive coverage of legal and regulatory developments for decision makers in business and government. BNA produces more than 200 news and information services, including the highly respected Daily Report for Executives and Daily Tax Report. BNA offers a free 15 day trial to a variety of their newsletters and also has a "sample version" of the Daily Labor Report available.

CCH (Commerce Clearing House)has long been one of the leading authority on legal and compliance information. Students can subscribe to the FREE CCH Employment Law NetNews™ Newsletter. Each newsletter will provide a weekly summary of news and information. The news headlines will be sent to you via your e-mail, and will include a link that will launch your browser providing you with detailed news summaries. These summaries will include links to related full text documents, including court decisions and government reports.

LexisNexis Matthew Bender
Matthew Bender & Co., Inc. is one of the world's leading publishers of legal analysis and case law. The company offers more than 500 publications in print and electronic formats to subscribers in more than 160 countries. They offer special legal alerts and analyses, book excerpts, publication updates, and summaries of information contained in Authority On-Demand, all at no charge. They also offers sample newsletters in PDF form of the last 3 months as well as a few full text articles on subject matter.

Online Journals

Compensation and Working Conditions Online
The online CWC is an e-journal from the Bureau of Labor Statistics providing a current, convenient, user-friendly, and economical source of information and data on compensation and workplace issues. It contains analytical articles, news items, summary information presented as single page charts or tables, and statistical data on:

HR Magazine
The Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM ) publishes this online journal with free access to some content in addition to "members only" added value material

Law Journal Extra site devoted to Labor and Employment Law
Provides text of court decisions from employment-related cases around the country. Provides analysis of state and federal labor laws and weighs their impact on employers.


More than 70 agencies in the United States Federal Government produce statistics of interest to the public. The Federal Interagency Council on Statistical Policy maintains this site to provide easy access to the full range of statistics and information produced by these agencies for public use.

Statistical Abstract of the United States
View the latest three years of the Statistical Abstract of the United States,the National Data Book, online. Statistics divided into 31 subject categories. Requires the Adobe Acrobat Reader which can be downloaded free from the Adobe web site. (

U.S. Census Bureau
Impressive site for social, demographic, and economic information. Search the site by keyword, place name, pointing and clicking on a map or use the alphabetical subject index from A-Z.

Useful Resource Links

Catherwood Library
The Catherwood Library is the most comprehensive resource of its type in North America. Its collection of 200,000 books, journals, pamphlets and related materials — now complemented by extensive access to electronic resources from around the world — supports education and research in nearly every aspect of the workplace. The Library also houses the Kheel Center for Labor-Management Documentation and Archives. Founded in 1949, the center is the most venerable archives of its kind in an academic institution

HR Guide.Com
A comprehensive list of links to various areas of HR including recruitment and selection, benefits, labor, training and development, compensation, safety, personnel selection, and job analysis. The site also provides information on education programs, the EEOC, and pre-employment testing online.

HR Next
This site provides a search engine accessing thousands of HR websites. Other features include HR news, an HR store, yellow pages, a listing of events in HR, and an HR message board. In addition, the HR Infocenter provides tools including checklists, training meetings, quizzes, and forms, access to state and federal regulations and contacts, EEOC rulings and more

ILR: Access
ILR: Access, a fee based service, was established in 1977 to meet the demands of individuals throughout the country and the world for access to the information and expertise available within the Catherwood Library. Services include document delivery, subject specific literature searches and bibliographies and referrals to experts.