Employment Relations and Labour Law | Arts and Science ONLINE

Employment Relations & Labour Law

EMPR 210/3.0

This introductory course will provide students a foundation to understand employment law in Canada. The course will examine the principles of employment law with a primary focus on current provincial and federal legislation affecting human resource management in a non‐unionized setting.

This course is part of the Queen’s Undergraduate Certificate in Employment Relations. The Certificate focuses on core elements of the field of work and employee-management relations, while taking account of social science perspectives from economics, law, management, and history. The Certificate provides a broad foundation in the field of employment relations, including the areas of labour/employment law, labour-management relations, conflict management and negotiations, human resources management, and labour policy. Taken together, these courses and the resulting Certificate form the basis for a recognized university credential that will support students who are seeking entry level jobs in labour relations and human resources management after leaving Queen’s.

Please note: This course is typically offered in the fall term

Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion of the course, students will:

  1. Identify and interpret employment laws and workplace regulations;
  2. Critically analyze current and evolving areas of the law;
  3. Develop a sound understanding of the role of human rights in the modern workplace;
  4. Explain and evaluate an employment contract; and
  5. Compare the legal obligations and processes for unionized and non-unionized workplaces.

Topics:

  • Week 1: Course introduction and foundations in employment/labour law
  • Weeks 2-3: The Employment Contract
  • Weeks 4-6: Human rights and equity in the workplace
  • Weeks 7-8: Termination of the Employment Relationship
  • Weeks 9-10: Legislation
  • Weeks 11-12: Privacy

Description

Employment laws govern the relationship between every working Canadian and their employer.  This introductory course will provide students a foundation to understand employment law in Canada.  The course will examine the principles of employment law with a primary focus on current provincial and federal legislation affecting human resource management in a non-unionized setting including the: Ontario Human Rights Code, Ontario Employment Standards Act, Pay Equity Act, Charter of Rights and Freedoms, and the Employment Equity Act.  The course will also examine issues regarding privacy, voluntary and involuntary employment termination, and broader common law topics.

The course is divided into four main areas of focus.  First, the course provides a succinct overview of the legal framework in Canada to provide a foundation for further areas covered in the semester.  Second, the course develops students’ knowledge of recruitment and selection including human rights issues and the employment contract.  Students will gain knowledge in the “best practices” and strategies used for legally compliant techniques.  Third, the course addresses topics frequently encountered during the life of an employment relationship including: human rights and equity issues, privacy, and employment-related legislation.  Students will develop a sound understanding of the growing breadth of human rights obligations in the workplace.  Fourth, the course examines legal considerations that arise at the conclusion of the employment relationship including dismissal with and without cause.  

Terms

Fall 2020
Course Dates: 
Sept. 8 - Dec. 7, 2020
Exam Dates: 
Dec. 10 - 23, 2020

Evaluation

15% - Case Analysis (Group)
20% - Individual Online Assignments
25% - Midterm Exam
40% - Proctored Final Exam

**Evaluation subject to change**

Live Sessions

This course has required live sessions (e.g. webinars, synchronous activities). Please consult the Timeline in the first week of class.

Final Examination

Students must write their exam on the day and time scheduled by the University. Do not schedule vacations, appointments, etc., during the exam period

Examity Statement

When you enroll in this online course, you are agreeing to write tests, quizzes, and block theory exams online with remote proctoring. The benefits of this are that you can complete the exam in your own space using your own computer. For each assessment, you will be using exam software developed at Queen’s, which is integrated with an online proctoring system. To ensure a successful exam experience, you are responsible for ensuring that your computer meets the Evaluation and Grading Policies.

8 minimum technical requirements, as described on the course web page, and that you are located in an area with sufficient high speed internet at the time of the exam. You will be given the opportunity to practice the exam initiation process in advance of any quizzes, tests or exams that require the use of this software

Instructor

Professor Shannon Webb (srw5@queensu.ca)

Time Commitment

A course such as this on campus would have three lecture hours per week, usually with an assignment to follow. Students can expect to spend, on average, about 10 - 12 hours per week (120 hours per term) on the course.

Course Resources

About SOLUS

SOLUS is Queen’s Student On-Line University System. You’ll have access to a SOLUS account once you become a Queen’s student. You’ll use SOLUS to register for courses, add and drop courses, update your contact information, view financial and academic information, and pay your tuition.

About OnQ

onQ is Queen's online learning platform. You'll log into onQ to access your course. All materials related to your course—notes, readings, videos, recordings, discussion forums, assignments, quizzes, groupwork, tutorials, and help—will be on the onQ site.

About Credit Units

Queen’s courses are weighted in credit units. A typical one-term course is worth 3.0 units, and a typical two-term course is worth 6.0 units. You combine these units to create your degree. A general (three-year) BA or BSc requires a total of 90 credit units.

Computer Requirements

To take an online course, you’ll need a high speed internet connection as well as a microphone and speakers to be able to watch videos, hear sounds, and participate in interactive online activities. A webcam is recommended but not necessary.

System Requirements:

Computer Specifications

  • Windows 8.1 or newer
  • OSX 10.13 (High Sierra) or newer
  • Dual Core 2 GHz processor
  • 4 GB RAM
  • Soundcard
  • USB Headset
  • Webcam

Supported Browsers

  • Chrome (preferred - latest version)
  • Firefox (latest version)
  • Safari is not recommended as it causes several known issues in onQ
  • Edge is not recommended as it causes several known issues in onQ

Internet Connection

  • Wired high speed access: Cable or better
  • Wifi is not recommended

Java

  • Latest version

Media Player

  • Flash (latest version)

Adobe Reader

  • Latest Version

Dates/Deadlines

The deadlines for new applications to Queen’s Arts and Science Online courses are in our Upcoming Application Dates section.

Grading Scheme

The information below is intended for undergraduate students in the Faculty of Arts and Science. Academic Regulations in other Faculties may differ.

Letter Grade Grade Point
A+4.30
A4.00
A-3.70
B+3.30
B3.00
B-2.70
C+2.30
C2.00
C-1.70
D+1.30
D1.00
D-0.70
F0.00

GPA Calculators
Have your SOLUS grade report handy and then follow the link to the Arts and Science GPA calculators.

How does this affect my academics?
See the GPA and Academic Standing page.

Follow the link above for an explanation of how the GPA system affects such things as the Dean’s Honour List, requirements to graduate, and academic progression.

Frequently Asked Questions on the Grading Scheme
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Tuition Fees

Tuition fees vary depending when you start, your year, faculty, and program. Fees for Summer Term 2018 first-year Distance Career Arts & Science Domestic students are as follows: for a 3.0-unit course, $685.90; for a 6.0-unit course, $1371.80 See also Tuition and Fees.

Campus Bookstore

All textbooks can be purchased at Queen’s Campus Bookstore.

Non-Queen’s Students

All Queen’s Arts and Science Online courses are open to students at other universities. Before applying as a visiting student, request a Letter of Permission from your home university that states that you have permission to take the course and apply it to your degree. See also Apply.

Academic Integrity

Please see Queen’s policy statement on academic integrity for information on how to complete an online course honestly.