March 6, 2009
Employment Law: A State-by-State Compendium (DRI-EMPSTATE) is a new database on Westlaw added on 4/30/09. An easy way to take a look at the content is to use the search recommended in scope which pulls up all of the available documents: CI(DRI-EMPSTATE)
The database contains a document for each state and the District of Columbia that answers a number of employment law questions, including those listed below. It was published in 2006, so you may need to use KeyCite to update the information. This is a great place to start any employment research as it links to relevant statutes and cases.
Is there a state antidiscrimination statute?
- If so, are damages capped
- Jury trial or not?
What types of damages are available?
Are there state-specific labor statutes or a right-to-work law?
What are the state wage-hour laws, if any?
Is there a state equivalent to FMLA?
In the public sector, is there collective bargaining?
Is the state an employment-at-will state?
What is the impact of an employment policy handbook?
Are there public policy exceptions?
Covenants not to compete?
State statute or not?
What are the limitations?
Is there a retaliatory discharge provision in your state’s workers’ compensation laws?
What is the law of restraint trade?
Are there whistle-blower laws?
Are there rules regarding military service and employee leave?
Are there state statutes or regulations regarding:
Jury service and court attendance?
Rights of same-sex couples to employment benefits
Confidentiality of personnel records
Protection of social security number?