The body of law that governs the employer-employee relationship, including individual
employment contracts, the application of tort and contract doctrines, and a large
group of statutory regulation on issues such
as the right to organize and negotiate collective bargaining agreements,
protection from discrimination, wages and
hours, and health and safety.
Beyond establishing an economic relationship between employer and employee, work
provides a powerful structure for organizing social and cultural life. The
employment relationship is more than the
exchange of labor for money.
In U.S.society, self-worth, dignity,
satisfaction, and accomplishment are often achieved by one's employment
responsibilities,performance, and rewards. The development of employment law
demonstrates the importance of work.
Since the 1930s,employees have acquired more legal rights as federal and state
governments have enacted laws that give
them the power and authority to unionize, to engage in Collective Bargaining, and to be protected from discrimination based on race,gender, or
Education law is the legal discipline covering all issues pertaining to schools, from kindergarten through higher education. Historically, attorneys practicing education lawhave worked toward expanding access to a high-quality education for all children, as well as providing for greater access to higher education. But this practice area has expanded to include issues such as students' rights; teachers' rights; school safety;discrimination; conduct and discipline; special education; curriculum; and education options such as homeschooling and charter schools.
Since the federal Department of Education funds and regulates all U.S. public schools to some degree, education lawyers are well-versed in administrative law (the body of law governing administrative agencies). But typically, parents who believe their children's rights have been violated must first file a grievance with the district (each school district has its own procedures).
Administrative law is the body of law created by the agencies and departments of the government, which carry out the laws passed by Congress or a state legislature. When Congress passes a law on a complicated issue, Congress often needs help determining all of the details of how the law will be enforced and implemented. Administrative agencies and government departments fill in those gaps for Congress and pass additional rules and regulations to achieve Congress's goals.
People often deal with administrative agencies and administrative law when they apply for government benefits. For example, Congress has passed laws that allow disabled individuals to receive government assistance.
People and businesses often need to hire lawyers with expertise in administrative law when an administrative agency denies their applications for benefits or imposes penalties for failing to comply with regulations. Many administrative agencies can create their own courts and appeal processes, which often require the expertise of an attorney to ensure that your case is heard.
Types of Cases We Handle.
Our firm is in the forefront of the struggle for workers' rights. The Douglass Law Group represents individuals in the following areas of law.