Legislatures, Agencies, Courts and Advocates: How Laws are Made, Interpreted and Modified
The Work and Family Handbook: Multi-Disciplinary Perspectives, Methods, and Approaches, Marcie Pitt-Catsouphes, Ellen Ernst Kossek & Stephen A. Sweet (eds.), Lawrence Erlbaum Associates, 2006
25 Pages Posted: 2 May 2013 Last revised: 15 May 2013
Date Written: 2006
This chapter explains the nature and practice of lawmaking, legal advocacy, and legal research as they relate to the field of work and family. Through reference to the Family and Medical Leave Act of 1993 as a case study, the authors explain the dynamic processes by which laws are made, interpreted and modified by legislatures, administrative agencies and courts, with the help of legal advocates. Their goal is not to provide substantive analysis of laws related to work and family, but rather to enable researchers from a range of disciplines to understand and access the legal system, as it currently exists and as it is evolving. In addition, for those inclined to change the current system through legal advocacy, this chapter provides a window into how advocates may use the lawmaking process to promote their preferred work and family policies.
Keywords: lawmaking, legal advocacy, Family and Medical Leave Act, Congress, family law, legislation
JEL Classification: K00, K30, K39
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