Human Resources

Human Resources in the United States

Each state has various employment laws affecting human resources. John F. Buckley’sState by State Guide to Human Resources Law (Aspen Publishers) is a good way to locate them. Alternatively, check out the the statutes, regulations, legal encyclopedias and/or treatises relevant for each individual state.

The TRAVAIL Database of Conditions of Work and Employment Laws explains “the regulatory environment of working time, minimum wages and maternity protection in more than 100 countries around the world.”

For the inside information on a company’s employee-relations, check out the Vaultreports. Vault interviews former employers to compile reports on major companies, including the big law and accounting firms. Also see Glassdoor, which posts comments from current and former employees.

To get sample job descriptions, check out The BLS’s Occupational Outlook Handbookand/or an online job board, such as Monster or CareerBuilder. You can also check out the “help wanted” sections of relevant print or online newspapers.

Non-competition clauses and agreements: Employment agreements often contain clauses limiting the employee’s ability to compete with the employer after the employee leaves the company. In some cases, these provisions are contained in a free-standing agreement. The leading treatise on non-complete laws is Covenants Not to Compete: A State-By-State Survey (BNA). Other sources: Employment law treatises for the state(s) in question, and legal encyclopedias for the relevant state(s). The Practical Law Company provides a summary of the relevant laws for many states (subscription only).

International Assignment Agreements: An International Assignment Agreement (IAA) or Expatriate Assignment Agreement (EAA) describes the terms of an employee’s assignment when working outside of his or her own country.

You can find model Agreements attached as Exhibits to SEC filings (see SEC Filings) or just use Google or another search engine.

For guidance drafting an IAA/EAA, see Chapter 11, “Structuring the Expatriate Employment Agreement” of the International Human Resources Guide (West). See also Structuring International Transfers of Executives (Thomson/RIA).

Model Policies and Checklists: The Society for Human Resource Management(SHRM) posts model employment policies. Practical Law Company provides “Model Documents” and “Checklists.”

Legal Recruiters

The National Law Journal publishes a “Special Advertising Section” called “The NLJ Annual Guide to the Legal Search Profession.” The American Lawyer also has an annual “Directory of Legal Recruiters” supplement.

See Also

Bureau of Labor Statistics
Economic Data and Statistics
Employee Benefits
Employment Discrimination
Labor Law
Management Consulting
Workers’ Compensation
Law Firms
Law Librarians

Human Resource Capitalism in the International Business Landscape

Definition of Human Resource Capitalism in the context of U.S. international business and public trade policy: The public policy strategy for economic growth that emphasizes investing heavily in the education and training of people as the basis for securing a competitive economic position.

Human Resource Management (hrm) in the International Business Landscape

Definition of Human Resource Management (hrm) in the context of U.S. international business and public trade policy: Set of activities directed at attracting, developing, and maintaining the effective workforce necessary to achieve a firm’s objectives.

Human Resources: Open and Free Legal Research of US Law

Federal Primary Materials

The U.S. federal government system consists of executive, legislative, and judicial branches, each of which creates information that can be the subject of legal research about Human Resources. This part provides references, in relation to Human Resources, to the legislative process, the federal judiciary, and the primary sources of federal law (cases, statutes, and regulations).

Federal primary materials about Human Resources by content types:

Laws and Regulations

US Constitution
Federal Statutory Codes and Legislation

Federal Case Law and Court Materials

U.S. Courts of Appeals
United States courts of appeals, inclouding bankruptcy courts and bankcruptcy appellate panels:

Federal Administrative Materials and Resources

Presidential Materials

Materials that emanate from the President’s lawmaking function include executive orders for officers in departments and agencies and proclamations for announcing ceremonial or commemorative policies. Presidential materials available include:

Executive Materials

Federal Legislative History Materials

Legislative history traces the legislative process of a particular bill (about Human Resources and other subjects) for the main purpose of determining the legislators’ intent behind the enactment of a law to explain or clarify ambiguities in the language or the perceived meaning of that law (about Human Resources or other topics), or locating the current status of a bill and monitoring its progress.

State Administrative Materials and Resources

State regulations are rules and procedures promulgated by state agencies (which may apply to Human Resources and other topics); they are a binding source of law. In addition to promulgating regulations, state administrative boards and agencies often have judicial or quasi-judicial authority and may issue administrative decisions affecting Human Resources. Finding these decisions can be challenging. In many cases, researchers about Human Resources should check state agency web sites for their regulations, decisions, forms, and other information of interest.

State rules and regulations are found in codes of regulations and administrative codes (official compilation of all rules and regulations, organized by subject matter). Search here:

State opinions of the Attorney General (official written advisory opinions on issues of state law related to Human Resources when formerly requested by a designated government officer):

Tools and Forms

Law in Other Regions

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