Course description

Students will cover, in detail, aspects of current legislation affecting human resource management including: Human Rights Code, Employment Standards Act, the Charter of Rights and Freedoms, and certain aspects of labour relations laws. This course will provide a fundamental working knowledge of employment oriented law. Differences in the laws between federal and provincial jurisdictions will be explored with a primary focus on Ontario. Students will be provided with an opportunity to explore employment issues, opportunities and constraints arising from current applications of these laws. Students will review employment contracts, independent contractors, non-traditional workplaces, wrongful dismissal, constructive dismissal, wrongful hiring, negligence, pay equity, employment equity, vicarious liability, just cause termination and progressive discipline. Students will develop an understanding of the role of the Human Resources Department in ensuring legal compliance, anticipating issues, and preparing appropriate files and documentation, including assessing the strength of a case, giving evidence and preparing for a legal challenge.

Course details

Hours: 42
Credits: 3
Prerequisites: None
Corequisites: None

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Registration dates

Not all courses are offered each term.

Fall 2022 registration opens July 25, 2022. Winter 2023 registration opens November 28, 2022.

Delivery options

In person: classes held in person on a campus/site in a classroom/lab/shop/studio for the course duration

Online - Asynchronous: ​100% online delivery with no assigned day or time requirements, independent course completion

Online - Synchronous: 100% online delivery with scheduled day and time course requirements

Hybrid: any combination of: in person, timetabled, on campus, online, and hyflex delivery