about Employment Relations

Shaping the world of work

Employment relations, often used interchangeably with the term industrial relations, is a multi-disciplinary field of study that encompasses the relationship between workers, management, unions and government. Over the years, employment relations has emerged as the title that best sums up the complex relationships between employees and employers and the laws and government policies that ensure an equitable, productive and inclusive workplace.

The study of employment relations and the education of future employment relations professionals ensures that - as a society - we are setting workplace standards, negotiating collective agreements, protecting human rights and ensuring pay equity. It is only through healthy employment relations that we can create a strong and sustainable economy - and improve the quality of life for all Canadians.

Employment Relations addresses the complex relationships between people, employers, unions, governments and the law. Learn more about what is involved in this dynamic and multi-disciplinary field of study.

We are Canada's leading university in the field of Employment Relations. We connect the country's top researchers and educators with tomorrow's leaders. Together, we are shaping the world of work.

"The most rewarding experience of my academic career." What our alumni have to say about Queen's Employment Relations.