For your State Summary, it is important to describe what is covered in addition to Federal coverage

For your State Summary, it is important to describe what is covered in addition to Federal coverage

Name: _________________________

State Summaries: Additional Coverage and Exceptions to Federal Laws
For your State Summary, it is important to describe what is covered in addition to Federal coverage. It is
often best to give a brief description of what Federal law covers before going into your State Exemptions
or additional coverage. If you are summarizing a different country, you will need to talk about what is
and is not covered within each topic/area.
Use your textbook as a guide to help you identify areas and potential exceptions.
Summary Topic Areas to Include:
1. Employment-at-will
2. Public Policy Protections
3. Whistle Blowing Protections
4. Non-Compete Clauses
5. Privacy and Background Checks
6. Race, Color, Gender, Religion, and National Origin Discrimination
7. Affirmative Action Policies
8. Sexual Harassment
9. Affinity Orientation (LGBTQ, domestic partnerships, etc.) Discrimination
10. Age Discrimination
11. Disabilities Discrimination
12. Family and Medical Leave
Summary Content:
 You can use bullets, but you need to make sure to describe differences, extensions, exceptions,
etc., with full sentences so that others can understand the information without having to look at
the original source.
 Be sure to specify the number of employees (and other conditions/criteria) needed for certain
protections if different from Federal law.
Summary Format:
 Use one of the following file extensions: RTF, doc, or Docx.
 Your name does not need to be included in your file but includes your first and last name in the
filename (e.g., Rebecca_Bull_Schaefer_Washignton.docx)
 Make sure that you begin your summary with the State or Country name as the title of your
 Make sure to include the date you gathered your information either at the beginning of the
paper or under each separate topic.
 Bold and CAPITALIZE each different topic heading, but use different levels of headings for
sections within sections.
 Make sure your summary is easy to follow and read. Minimize spelling and grammar errors to
increase reader comprehension.
 Sources: Make sure that for each section you indicate where you found the information. Cite
reputable sources (e.g., State department websites or documents, your textbook, law reviews
or journals, State Chamber of Commerce manuals, etc.). Stay away from Wikipedia. Fully cite the
source used under each topic summarized. You can use whatever Reference format you are
comfortable with, but include the entire citation under each section.

Name: _________________________

Grading criteria (50)
Criterion Points
Format: Clear, professional, and consistent 5

Content: Complete descriptions for someone not
wanting to look up additional citations, accuracy,


Grammar and spelling 5

Presentation: 5-minute in-class verbal summary
presentation of major additions or exemptions,
clarity, confidence, professionalism, ability to
respond to legal questions (no PowerPoints or
handouts, please)


Inclusion/analysis of each topic area 15


Academic LevelCollege (3-4 years: Junior, Senior)
Subject AreaLaw
Paper Type Research paper
Number of Pages6 Page(s)/1650 words
Paper FormatMLA
SpacingDouble spaced
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