Labor Relations

Labor Relations


Welcome to LawShelf’s video-course on labor relations. This course focuses on the rights of employees, employers and labor unions to negotiate workplace salaries, benefits and conditions. The course primarily focuses on the structure of the National Labor Relations Act, a federal law aimed at standardizing and regulating union formation and labor relations across the country, and on the National Labor Relations Board that it established.

This is an intermediate level course and it is recommended that you first complete our course on Protections for Employees unless you have experience or training in this area of law.

The first module covers the National Labor Relations Act, its history and background, along with the National Labor Relations Board and its role and jurisdiction.

In module 2, we’ll turn to labor unions. We’ll discuss how they are formed and operated. We’ll also cover the strong federal protection of the right to form a union and the laws that govern union elections and management.

In module 3, we’ll segue to non-union employees. We’ll look at protections against compulsory membership in unions (especially in “right-to-work” states). We’ll also cover the varying state rules in how far this protection goes. We’ll cover the benefits non-union employees often get from union activities and their responsibilities in exchange for the same.

In module 4, we move to the collective bargaining process, looking at the responsibilities of employees and employers and the good faith negotiation requirement. We’ll also focus on collective bargaining agreements (hopefully, the result of the process) and the extent to which they are enforceable.

Finally, we’ll look at what happens when collective bargaining fails and, in module 5, cover labor disputes. We’ll look at strikes and lockouts and the rules that pertain to those, including protections against termination or retaliation that sometimes protect striking workers. We’ll also look at how labor disputes can be settled through litigation, arbitration, mediation or administrative adjudication.

When you complete this course, you should have a better understanding of what labor law is, what it protects and how it works, and an understanding of the dynamics of negotiations between employers and employees.

Best of luck and we welcome your feedback.


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How long do I retain access to the course materials?

You retain access the modules and take the final exam as long as you are a subscriber to LawShelf.

Introduction to Labor Law - Module 1 of 5

Labor Unions - Module 2 of 5

Non-Union Employees - Module 3 of 5

Collective Bargaining - Module 4 of 5

Labor Disputes - Module 5 of 5

Final Exam only needs to be taken by those seeking to earn the Digital Badge credentials for this course.