William and Mary Law School

Labor and Employment Law Research

by Chris Byrne
February 2011

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Some resources on this page are subscription databases that require a W&M ID and password for off-campus access. See Off-Campus Access to Library Resources for more information.

Lexis and Westlaw require individual IDs and passwords for both off-campus and on-campus access.


Library Catalog
To search for books, journals, and audiovisual materials held by William & Mary libraries, use the online catalog.

Search Tips:
Subject Queries--

  • labor and United States
  • personnel management and United States
  • employee rights and United States
  • discrimination and employment and United States

Individual jurisdictions can be searched, e.g. employee rights and Virginia; discrimination and employment and Virginia

Library of Congress Call Numbers for Labor Law: KF 3301-3580. Browse the shelves under these call numbers to locate relevant treatises.

To search for materials from other libraries, use Worldcat.

Other Libraries - Links to other libraries and library catalogs available through the web.

Selected Treatises

  • Cox, Paul N. Employment Discrimination, 3rd ed.
    KF3464 C69
  • Hazelton, Penny A., ed. Specialized Legal Research
    Ref. KF240 S64 (includes a chapter on federal labor and employment law)
  • Lareau, N. Peter. National Labor Relations Act: Law and Practice
    KF3369 N62
  • Larson, Lex K. Employment Discrimination, 2nd ed.
    KF3464 L37
  • Larson, Lex K. Unjust Dismissal
  • Schneider, Les A. and J. Larry Stine. Wage and Hour Law Compliance & Practice KF3489 S37

Journal Articles

Index to Current Journal Articles (1980-)
Legal Trac

Subject Queries--
  • labor and United States
  • personnel management and United States
  • employee rights and United States
  • discrimination and employment and United States

Indexes articles from nearly 900 legal journals, bar association publications, law reviews, and legal newspapers. Includes book reviews.

Options for accessing this index include:

  • Online: 1980-Present. Updated daily.
  • Westlaw (1980-present; contains links to full-text articles where available)
  • Lexis (1977-present; updated weekly)

Index to Older Journal Articles (prior to 1980)

The Index to Legal Periodicals (ILP), located in Reference, indexes articles from legal journals, bar association publications, law reviews, book reviews, and legal newspapers.
Ref. ZZ66 .I534

For More Information
For more information about finding law review articles, including older ones, see Locating Legal and Non-Legal Journal Articles.

Full Text Articles (from journals, newsletters, and legal newspapers)

Specialized journals on labor and employment law include:
  • Berkeley Journal of Employment and Labor Law
    • Westlaw (Selected Coverage 1984-, Full Coverage 1994-present)
    • Lexis (1993-present)
  • Comparative Labor Law & Policy Journal
    • Westlaw (Selected Coverage 1988-, Full Coverage 1993-present)
    • Lexis (1976-present)
  • Hofstra Labor & Employment Law Journal
    • Westlaw (Selected Coverage 1984-, Full Coverage 1993-present)
    • Lexis (1993-present)
  • Industrial and Labor Relations Review
    • Westlaw (Selected Coverage 1991-, Full Coverage 1994-present)
    • Lexis (Selected Coverage 1989-present)
  • ABA Journal of Labor & Employment Law
    • Westlaw (Selected Coverage 1987-present)
    • Lexis (1996-present)
  • University of Pennsylvania Journal of Business Law 

Looseleaf Services & Newsletters

Topical Services & Reporters
  • CCH Labor and Employment Law Library
    • Reviews federal and state requirements prohibiting employment discrimination on the basis of race, color, sex, religion, national origin, disability, and age. Federal and state rules on equal pay for equal work and on family and medical leave are also covered. The full texts of federal and state statutes, regulations, executive orders, rules, and forms are available. The library also compiles federal and state statutes, regulations, decisions and rulings, with editorial explanation, analysis, and indexing. The major topics covered include federal labor relations, wages-hours legislation and regulations, and state laws and decisions.

  • BNA's Labor and Employment Resource Center
    • Contains primary and secondary legal materials providing information on labor-management relations, labor arbitration, wages and hours, fair employment practices, individual employment rights.
    • BNA Labor Relations Reporter Westlaw
    • BNA Labor Relations Reporter Lexis
Additional Resources
  • LawTrio: A searchable database that contains listings of over 7500 legal looseleafs and newsletters in print.

W&M Databases

Other Databases
  • Factiva
    Includes a searchable archive of more than 80 million articles from more than 6,000 business and industry publications. Nearly all the articles are full-text.
  • Business Source Complete
    Full text journals in all disciplines of business, including marketing, management, accounting, finance and economics.

Web Sites

U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission

The EEOC promotes equal opportunity in employment through administrative and judicial enforcement of the federal civil rights laws and through education and technical assistance.

U.S. Department of Labor

The DOL protects workers' wages, health and safety, employment and pension rights; promotes equal employment opportunity; administering job training, unemployment insurance and workers' compensation programs; strengthens free collective bargaining and collecting, analyzes and publishes labor and economic statistics.

National Labor Relations Board

The NLRB conducts secret-ballot elections to determine whether employees want union representation and investigates and remedies unfair labor practices by employers and unions.

Occupational Safety and Health Administration

OSHA establishes protective standards for workers, enforces those standards, and reaches out to employers and employees through technical assistance and consultation programs.

Bureau of Labor Statistics

The BLS is the principal fact-finding agency for the Federal Government in the broad field of labor economics and statistics. It is an independent national statistical agency that collects, processes, analyzes, and disseminates essential statistical data to the American public, the U.S. Congress, other Federal agencies, State and local governments, business, and labor.



ABA Section of Labor and Employment Law

Represents all perspectives of labor and employment law, management, labor, plaintiff, and public. It is committed to a balanced discussion of employment issues in the United States and abroad.

Employee Benefit Research Institute

Fosters the development of sound employment benefit programs and public policy through objective research and education.

Workplace Fairness

Assists individuals, both employed and unemployed, in understanding, enforcing, and expanding their rights in the workplace. Workplace Fairness provides information, facilitates access to employment advocates, litigates cases that have a potentially broad impact, and promotes public policy and legislation to advance employee rights.

National Employment Lawyers Association

Assists and supports lawyers in protecting the rights of employees against the greater resources of their employers and the defense bar.

Other associations may be found in the Encyclopedia of Associations.