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Chapter 1- Introduction to Employment Law Key Terms & Definitions/ Notes Constitutions- Address the relationship between different levels of government and between government and their citizens. (p.4) Statutes - Laws (p.4) Executive Orders- Orders that affect the employment practices of government agencies and companies that have contracts to provide goods and services to the government. (p.5) Regulations- A principle, rule, or law created by administrative agencies, that are put in place only after an elaborate set of requirements for public comment and review has been followed. (p. 5) Common Law- Claims under which employees are liable in tort for wrongful discharge when they terminate employees for taking actions that public policy requires or commends. (p.5) Tort- The civil wrongs that harm people (p.5) Employment-at-Will- A doctrine that holds that in the absence of a contract promising employment for a specified duration. The employment relationship can be severed at any time and for any reason not specifically prohibited by law. The default rule that permits employers to terminate employment without needing to have “good” reason for doing so. (p.5) Public Sector - government agencies (etc.) (p.9) Private Sector- corporations (etc.) (not government) (p.9) --Constitutional protections pertain only to public employees and not private sector employees. Payroll Method- The method under which an employee is counted for each full week between the time
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  • Fall '13
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