Employment Law - Distance Learning
  I: Administrative Information   II: Course Details   III: Topical Outline(s)  Printable Version
Section I: Administrative Information
  Total hours: 45.0
Credit Value: 3.5
Credit Value Notes: N/A
Effective: Winter 2021
Prerequisites: N/A
Corequisites: N/A
Equivalents: N/A
Pre/Co/Equiv Notes: N/A

Program(s): Human Resource Management, Labour Relations
Program Coordinator(s): Bruce Goldie
Course Leader or Contact: N/A
Version: 20210118_00
Status: Approved (APPR)

Section I Notes: This is a course offered through OntarioLearn. Access to the course materials will be through and you will be sent an email with your login details.

Section II: Course Details

Detailed Description
Employment law affects numerous human resource management activities including planning, recruiting, selection, compensation, retention, and termination of employees. In this course, students review the legal and managerial implications of employment law for human resource management. It includes the formation, terms, regulation and termination of the employment relationship. Students explore sources of employment law; whether individuals are employees or independent contractors; discrimination and human rights; employment standards; the duties employees owe to employers; the duties employers owe to employees; formation of the employment contract; the terms of an employment contract; privacy; termination of employment; wrongful dismissal; health and safety; workplace safety and insurance; equity issues; and how employment related information can be found on the internet.

Program Context

Human Resource Management Program Coordinator(s): Bruce Goldie
This course is a related, non-compulsory course for the Human Resource Management Certificate

Labour Relations Program Coordinator(s): N/A
This course is a related, non-compulsory course for the Labour Relations program

Course Critical Performance and Learning Outcomes

  Critical Performance:
By the end of this course, students will have demonstrated the ability to:
Learning Outcomes:

To achieve the critical performance, students will have demonstrated the ability to:

  1. Explain key statutes in Ontario and Federal employment law and their relationship to human resources management.
  2. Apply employment law, both common and statute, to typical human resource workplace case study scenarios and discussions.
  3. Describe the legal and professionally accepted procedures for establishing, enforcing, and terminating contracts and employment relationships based on case study scenarios and discussions.
  4. Demonstrate an understanding of the duties and rights of employers and employees, including remedies available in the event of a breach.
  5. Assess evolving issues in employment law and plan for changes prior to implementation dates.

Evaluation Plan
Students demonstrate their learning in the following ways:

 Evaluation Plan: ONLINE
 Quizzes (2 at 5%)10.0%
 Discussions (4 at 5%)20.0%
 Independent Case Scenarios (2 at 15%)30.0%
 Discussion Assignment10.0%
 Exam (Invigilated)30.0%

Evaluation Notes and Academic Missed Work Procedure:
The on line version of this course is delivered through OntarioLearn over a set 12-week period. Learning activities will focus on a set of case studies standardized for use in other human resources online courses with OntarioLearn. Students must obtain a mark of at least 50% on the final exam to obtain a passing grade in this course. Late Submissions: Late submissions will lose 10% per day. If you require an extension for medical or other substantial reasons, you must contact the instructor in advance to make arrangements. Missed Tests: Test must be written at the designated time. Extenuating circumstances such as illness, which may prevent a learner from writing a test, will be dealt with on an individual basis. If a learner cannot write a test at the designated time s/he should speak to the teacher or leave a message at the earliest possible opportunity. If a test is missed and there are no extenuating circumstances or there is unreasonable delay in contacting the teacher the score for the test will be zero.

Provincial Context
The course meets the following Ministry of Colleges and Universities requirements:


Essential Employability Skills
Essential Employability Skills emphasized in the course:

  • Communication
  • Critical Thinking & Problem Solving

Prior Learning Assessment and Recognition
PLAR Contact (if course is PLAR-eligible) - Office of the Registrar

  • Not Eligible for PLAR

Section III: Topical Outline
Some details of this outline may change as a result of circumstances such as weather cancellations, College and student activities, and class timetabling.
Instruction Mode: Online
Professor: Multiple Professors
RequiredTextbookEmployment Law for Business and Human Resources Professionals, Kathryn J. Filsinger, Emond Montgomery Publications Limited, 4th, ISBN 978-1-77255-596-7, 2018, eText Available - Instructions: Textbook is available for purchase through
RequiredOtherWebsites that provide information relating to employment law will be referred to. The field of employment law is constantly changing. To keep up with changes, and see some of the concepts referred to in this course illustrated, learners should refer to current publications on the topic. Canadian Employment Law Today provides news and commentary on developments. Periodicals such as the Canadian HR Reporter and Human Resources Professional have columns and articles covering employment law.

Applicable student group(s): All
Course Details: N/A

Sheridan Policies

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Academic Integrity: The principle of academic integrity requires that all work submitted for evaluation and course credit be the original, unassisted work of the student. Cheating or plagiarism including borrowing, copying, purchasing or collaborating on work, except for group projects arranged and approved by the professor, or otherwise submitting work that is not the student's own, violates this principle and will not be tolerated. Students who have any questions regarding whether or not specific circumstances involve a breach of academic integrity are advised to review the Academic Integrity Policy and procedure and/or discuss them with the professor.

Copyright: A majority of the course lectures and materials provided in class and posted in SLATE are protected by copyright. Use of these materials must comply with the Acceptable Use Policy, Use of Copyright Protected Work Policy and Student Code of Conduct. Students may use, copy and share these materials for learning and/or research purposes provided that the use complies with fair dealing or an exception in the Copyright Act. Permission from the rights holder would be necessary otherwise. Please note that it is prohibited to reproduce and/or post a work that is not your own on third-party commercial websites including but not limited to Course Hero or OneNote. It is also prohibited to reproduce and/or post a work that is not your own or your own work with the intent to assist others in cheating on third-party commercial websites including but not limited to Course Hero or OneNote.

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Course Outline Changes: The information contained in this Course Outline including but not limited to faculty and program information and course description is subject to change without notice. Any changes to course curriculum and/or assessment shall adhere to approved Sheridan protocol. Nothing in this Course Outline should be viewed as a representation, offer and/or warranty. Students are responsible for reading the Important Notice and Disclaimer which applies to Programs and Courses.

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