HST520 - Employment Law

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Subject Title
Employment Law

Subject Description
The purpose of the course is to equip students with an understanding of the various labour statutes that exist in Canada; this will enable students to apply the legislation to situations they will face and develop programs and policies to ensure company compliance. The employment relationship is highly regulated from the commencement of the relationship through to its termination. In this course, students will examine statutory and common law, in both federal and provincial environments. They will be exposed to such diverse legislation as employment standards, workers compensation, pay equity, human rights and unionization. The corresponding rights and responsibilities of employers and employees will be examined. Opportunities for students to construct and assess various labor law issues will be encouraged to enhance self-directed learning and critical analysis.

Credit Status
One credit.

Learning Outcomes
Upon successful completion of this subject the student will be able to:

  1. Discuss the contractual nature of the employment relationship, the elements of the contract, and remedies for the breach of the contract.
  2. Apply common law precedent and relevant legislation to cases of employee dismissal.
  3. Differentiate between the independent contractor, the contract employee, the individual employee and the unionized employee.
  4. Apply the major provisions of statutory law, and discuss the role of common law as it relates to employment issues.
  5. Develop an absenteeism policy that reflects the current legislation on absenteeism, and which differentiate between culpable and non-culpable absenteeism.
  6. Evaluate the implications of privacy law on human resources management and make recommendations on how to adhere to the privacy legislation.
  7. Evaluate the effects of human rights, employment equity and pay equity legislation on human resources management. Apply the duty to accommodate employees’ diverse needs.
  8. Applying specific scenarios, identify the relevant statues and develop recommendations for management in the areas of health and safety, recruitment and selection, workers' compensation and labour relations.

Essential Employability Skills

    •  Communicate clearly, concisely and correctly in the written, spoken and visual form that fulfils the purpose and meets the needs of the audience.

    •  Respond to written, spoken, or visual messages in a manner that ensures effective communication.

    •  Use a variety of thinking skills to anticipate and solve problems.

    •  Locate, select, organize, and document information using appropriate technology and information systems.

    •  Analyze, evaluate, and apply relevant information from a variety of sources.

    •  Manage the use of time and other resources to complete projects.

Academic Integrity
Seneca upholds a learning community that values academic integrity, honesty, fairness, trust, respect, responsibility and courage. These values enhance Seneca's commitment to deliver high-quality education and teaching excellence, while supporting a positive learning environment. Ensure that you are aware of Seneca's Academic Integrity Policy which can be found at: http://www.senecacollege.ca/about/policies/academic-integrity-policy.html Review section 2 of the policy for details regarding approaches to supporting integrity. Section 2.3 and Appendix B of the policy describe various sanctions that can be applied, if there is suspected academic misconduct (e.g., contract cheating, cheating, falsification, impersonation or plagiarism).

Please visit the Academic Integrity website http://open2.senecac.on.ca/sites/academic-integrity/for-students to understand and learn more about how to prepare and submit work so that it supports academic integrity, and to avoid academic misconduct.

All students and employees have the right to study and work in an environment that is free from discrimination and/or harassment. Language or activities that defeat this objective violate the College Policy on Discrimination/Harassment and shall not be tolerated. Information and assistance are available from the Student Conduct Office at student.conduct@senecacollege.ca.

Accommodation for Students with Disabilities
The College will provide reasonable accommodation to students with disabilities in order to promote academic success. If you require accommodation, contact the Counselling and Accessibility Services Office at ext. 22900 to initiate the process for documenting, assessing and implementing your individual accommodation needs.