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Management Essentials: Supervisory Skills

Legal Issues for Managing People

This guide was created as an additional resource featuring links to appropriate Internet based resources specifically chosen by Catherwood Library staff to support the following eCornell courses:

"Legal Issues for Managing People"
"Legal Issues in the Workplace"
"Preventing and Addressing Inappropriate Workplace Behaviors"

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

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 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.

New York State Department of Labor 
The New York State Department of Labor is New York State's primary advocate for job creation and economic growth through workforce development. The department administers New York's unemployment insurance system, labor exchange system, and Welfare-To-Work programs. The department also oversees state worker protection programs, including enforcement of safety and health regulations in the public sector, state labor laws and federal statutes related to working conditions, wages and hours, and laws related to Public Work.

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.

Employee Selection

Best Practices in Interviewing
This article is from "What You Need to Know About Human Resources."  Each site in this unique network is run by a professional Guide who is carefully screened and trained. About Guides build a comprehensive environment around each of their specific topics, including the best new content, relevant links, How-To's, Forums, and answers to just about any question. Personnel Selection began in 1999 to provide links to other websites in the HR field and to provide guides to HR related topics. This link is to their guide on Selection and Staffing.

Legal Interview Questions
"Legal Interview Questions" is an article by Dr. Wendell Williams,Monster Contributing Writer, is a quick guide to what questions you can and cannot ask in an interview.

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.

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.

Human Resource Exexcutive Online/
Web site from Cornell University and Human Resource Executive magazine. This index to other Internet resources is divided by subject area and is also searchable by keyword. Workindex is designed to provide a gateway to the best workplace-oriented web sites on the Internet. Broad range of subjects covered. Provides links to'What's New' and lists the 'Editor's Choice' for best sites.