Saturday, August 3, 2013

New Research Tool


Laura Cooper (Minnesota) writes to say:

There's an amazing new feature on Bloomberg BNA's Labor and Employment Law Resource Center called the "Labor and Employment Law Chart Builder"  for instantly creating 50-state charts of state law issues.  The user selects a category such as EEO, benefits, or termination; identifies the subcategory of interest, such as enforcement, whistleblowing, or nondiscrimination; selects the states you want included in the chart (including "all") and the information you want such as citations, and then the feature instantly creates a chart with citations that link to the relevant documents, including statutes and regulations.


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Thanks for the tip. The Labor and Employment Law Chart Builder is fun and could be useful for some topics. Unless I'm mistaken, however, (based on about 5 minutes of fooling around with the tool) the Chart Builder relies exclusively on statutory provisions. For example, if you select the topic "Termination" and subtopic "Noncompetition Agreements," the jurisdiction dropdown menu contains only states (about 20 of them) that have statutes directly addressing this topic. Likewise, the "Reference Citations" column in the resulting table contains only citations to statutes. So although it is undeniably useful, the tool doesn't really generate a true 50-state survey unless the issue is governed solely by legislation.

Posted by: Rip Verkerke | Aug 4, 2013 9:50:33 AM

Fun! Wonder if they will ever do this for public-sector labor law statutes.

Posted by: Joseph Slater | Aug 5, 2013 8:48:40 AM

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