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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.

Federal Legislation

US Code

  • Official and annotated codes in print - KF 62
  • Lexis: Browse Sources > Search Sources > USCS - For Labor titles, browse Table of Contents - Titles 5, 8, 26, 29, 30, 38, 39 and 42)
  • Westlaw: Labor & Employment Statutes and Court Rules includes both state and federal statutes
  • Office of Law Revision Counsel: Titles 5, 8, 26, 29, 30, 38, 39 and 42
  • Legal Information Institute: Titles 5, 8, 26, 29, 30, 38, 39 and 42
  • U.S. Department of Labor: access to compliance assistance on selected U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) laws and regulations

Proposed Federal Legislation

  • for the full text and status of pending and recently enacted legislation, try a word search in the current Congress
  • Lexis: Browse Sources > Search Sources > Congressional Full Text Bills - Current Congress
  • Westlaw: bills introduced in current session of Congress
  • National Journal Daily: formerly National Journal's Congress Daily - also available on Westlaw
  • CQ Weekly

For more information on statutory research, see our Statutes Research Guide or Statutory Research Tutorial.

Federal Legislative History

For many federal labor & employment laws, there are compiled legislative histories available in the Library. These compilations usually include bills, Congressional Record debates, reports and hearings. To find a compiled legislative history, try a keyword search in the catalog. You could search for "labor and legislative history". To learn more about legislative history, read ourLegislative History Research Guide or watch our Legislative History Tutorial. In addition to our research guide and tutorial, good starting places for legislative history research include: