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Labor and Employment Law Research Guide

This guide is a starting point for research in U.S. federal labor and employment covering employment discrimination, disability law, employee benefits, labor arbitration, labor relations, workplace health and safety.

Treatises, Looseleafs, Casebooks, etc.

Books can be useful places to start your research. You can find a discussion of the law and citations to leading cases and relevant regulations. To locate books (both in print and electronic) on your topic, search Gulliver, the library catalog. For tips on effective search strategies, read our GULLiver guide. A keyword search is usually the best way to start your search for legal treatises. If you want to search by subject heading, try the following subject headings:

  • Labor Laws and Legislation - United States
  • United States National Labor Relations Board
  • Arbitration, Industrial - United States
  • Wages - United States
  • Hours of Labor - United States
  • Discrimination in Employment - Law and Legislation - United States
  • Age and Employment - United States
  • Affirmative Action Programs - Law and Legislation - United States
  • Industrial Safety - Law and Legislation - United States
  • Industrial Hygiene - Law and Legislation - United States

Here are some general works on labor and employment law:

  • Employment Law, Mark A. Rothstein (Hornbook Series)
    KF3455 .E4681 2005

  • Employment Law, Mark A. Rothstein (Practitioner Treatise Series)
    KF3455 .E468 2009

  • Employment Law in a Nutshell, Robert N. Covington
    KF3455.Z9 C68 2009

  • Labor and Employment Law, N. Peter Lareau
    KF3319 .L37 2003
     (Law Library's copy last updated in 2008)
    Available on Lexis
    This is the most detailed treatise on labor law.

  • Labor Law in a Nutshell, Douglas L. Leslie
    KF3369.3 L39 2008

  • Labor Law: Cases and Materials, Archibald Cox et al.
    KF3318 .C6 2011

  • CCH Labor Relations
    KF3365.C5 L23
    Available on Westlaw
    Compilation of the laws and regulations as well as explanation and analysis in the fields of labor relations, employment regulations, wages, hours, and more.

For books on specific topics within Labor and Employment Law, check relevant sections of this guide.

While Georgetown Law Library has an excellent collection of treatises and journals on labor and employment law, there are some specialized materials that may not be available at Georgetown or books that you need may be checked out. To search for books held by thousands of libraries from across the country, search WorldCat. Items that you locate on WorldCat can be requested through Interlibrary Loan.