Employment Law Concentration

PLG 615 / Non Credit
Course taught in: English

Employment Law Concentration - Paralegal Certificate

The crossover between law and the workplace can take many different directions, with considerable impacts on rights and obligations in varying capacities. Understanding the history of employment law helps to contextualize this evolution, impacted by changes in society driven by public policy and the responsiveness of law to societal needs. Employment law is sourced from the U.S. Constitution, regulations, statutes, and case law. Navigating these multiple layers necessitates a foundational understanding of core legal protections for paralegals working in the employment law field. The extensive scope of coverage requires an understanding of the nature of the employment relationship as a starting point. Classification and legal parameters are key areas of focus. Rights and obligations can be negotiated, through the collective bargaining process, with union involvement. This contractual layer adds additional complexities that must be understood by paralegals working in employment law. Analysis of wage and hour laws is important for employers to ensure compliance. Understanding rights and protections is important for employees to ensure alignment with legal mandates. For paralegals, there are a multitude of career opportunities in employment law. Understanding facets of employment law, including the Affordable Care Act, Family Medical Leave Act, Americans with Disabilities Act, Title VII, Occupational Safety and Health Administration, workers’ compensation, and unemployment compensation is integral to career success in this expansive area of employment law. The scope of Program coverage, with emphasis on ethics, in conjunction with focused legal research and writing skills, provides a competitive advantage for paralegals in employment law.

Upon successful completion of the University of Miami Paralegal Certificate Program - Employment Law Concentration, the participant will demonstrate proficiency in:

  • Exploring sources of employment law
  • Examining the employer/employee relationship
  • Laying out the role of unions and collective bargaining
  • Breaking down wage and hour laws and the Affordable Care Act
  • Evaluating rights, obligations, and duties associated with the Americans with Disabilities Act
  • Summarizing the Occupational Safety and Health Administration
  • Describing the Family Medical Leave Act
  • Analyzing Title VII
  • Contrasting workers’ compensation and unemployment compensation
  • Conducting advanced legal research in employment law
  • Demonstrating advanced legal writing skills in employment law


This course is available as part of the following:

Certificate in Practice Area Concentration Certificate

Paralegal Concentration Certificate Programs are designed to expand the educational and professional horizons for all paralegals.