Employment and Labor Law

Professional Development Plan


This professional development plan takes you step by step through the most essential elements of employment law practice.

Usage note
  • Overview
  • Unit 1: Introduction to Employment Law
  • Unit 2: Employment Law Discrimination
  • Unit 3: Employment Contracts and Noncompete Agreements
  • Unit 4: Common Law Torts
  • Unit 5: Wage & Hour Law, Including Independent Contractors v. Employees
  • Unit 6: Family & Medical Leave Act & Intersection with Other Laws
  • Unit 7: Employment Policies
  • Unit 8: Hiring
  • Unit 9: Firing, Layoffs & Retirement
  • Unit 10: Social Media & Privacy in the Workplace
  • Unit 11: Data Security
  • Unit 12: Advocacy at the MCAD
  • Unit 13: Employment Law Litigation
  • Unit 14: Executive Compensation Law
  • Unit 15: Employee Benefits
  • Unit 16: Collective Activity
  • Unit 17: Workers’ Compensation Law


This professional development plan takes you step by step through the most essential elements of employment law practice.

How to Use the Plan

Click on a unit to identify relevant online resources that have been selected from MCLE’s collection of programs and publications. Then click on any link to

  • view a recommended program or specific lecture,
  • read a relevant chapter,
  • select a sample form, or
  • choose a training module with a practical demonstration by MCLE's highly experienced faculty.

The resources identified represent only a small portion of what is available on MCLE’s website. To see what else is available on any given topic, click the “See All MCLE Resources” link at the bottom of each unit to conduct a search for other full programs, individual lectures, chapters and forms.

Ongoing Updates and Additions

We continue to work on this plan and are adding dynamic content to each of these topics on a regular basis, including new programs and lectures, information from our books, and demonstrations. Keep checking back for updates and new material. We also look forward to your suggestions on how we can make this plan the most effective tool for your professional development and training needs.

Other Available Resources

In addition to the resources available through the professional development plan, MCLE offers in-person programming for developing core competencies and providing opportunities to engage with the employment law practice community. MCLE’s signature BasicsPlus!® programs help you master the fundamental concepts, law, and skills to represent your clients successfully. These one- and two-day primers include Employment & Labor Law and Workers’ Compensation. MCLE’s annual Employment Law Conference and Workers Compensation Law Conference provide cutting-edge analyses of the latest practice developments and opportunities to share ideas with attorneys in similar practices from around the state. If you are building an employment law practice that involves the MCAD, be sure to attend MCLE’s Mock Trial of an MCAD Case, which focuses on a different type of employment discrimination case each year. If you are seeking to further develop your advocacy skills at the MCAD, attend MCLE’s interactive program, On Your Feet at the MCAD, designed to help hone the skills and techniques needed to advocate for your clients at the MCAD.

Note to Firm Training Directors and Law School Librarians & Clinical Program Directors

MCLE’s professional development plans have been designed to complement in-house training and law school educational programs. Firms can tailor plans to the specific needs of their training programs—taking associates unit by unit through an entire practice area plan or targeting only the areas of greatest relevance. Law school faculty and clinical program directors can use professional development plans to identify lectures, demonstrations, articles and forms for use in the classroom, as a supplement to classroom presentations, or to support the student’s representation of clients in the school’s clinical program. If your firm or law school subscribes to the MCLE OnlinePass®, all the electronic resources included in MCLE’s professional development plans are instantly accessible to everyone in your firm or school.