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People are the greatest asset to any organization — whether it’s a small business or a multinational corporation, or anything in between. Penn State’s School of Labor and Employment Relations (LER) studies the myriad aspects of the employer/employee relationship, including human resources, labor management, and employee relations.

These are complex issues with many stakeholders. We are committed to understanding national and global issues and engaging multiple points of view from employers, employees, unions, and government.

Celebrating 80 years of making workplaces better

Recent News

Professor Arthur Matthews

Validating National Disability Awareness Month: Panel Discussion (October 2023)

Stephanie Nycum Doliveira

Stephanie Nycum Doliveira Set to Deliver 24th Annual Outstanding Alumni Lecture (October 2023)

HR Division – Academy of Management 2023 International HRM Scholarly Research Award

Valerie Bennardo Receives Gold Award

Valerie Bennardo ’11 Named First Annual Graduate of the Last Decade (G.O.L.D.) Award (April 2023)

Professor Arthur Matthews

Validating National Disability Awareness Month: Panel Discussion (October 2023)

Stephanie Nycum Doliveira

Stephanie Nycum Doliveira Set to Deliver 24th Annual Outstanding Alumni Lecture (October 2023)

HR Division – Academy of Management 2023 International HRM Scholarly Research Award

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About / History of LER

Since its inception in 1942 as one of the first labor education programs in the country, the School of Labor and Employment Relations has been a leader among the fields of labor and employment relations, human resource management and global workers’ rights.

The reason we have achieved so much in the last 75 years is because of the commitment, support and involvement of all segments of the LER community – alumni, students, staff and faculty. In order to continue to have a significant impact in the future will require the on-going engagement of the LER community. We hope you will continue to help us in our mission to “make workplaces better” in the years ahead.

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