Employment Law for Leadership Development
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  I: Administrative Information   II: Course Details   III: Topical Outline(s)  Printable Version
Section I: Administrative Information
  Total hours: 30.0
Credit Value: 2.0
Credit Value Notes: N/A
Effective: Spring/Summer 2014
Prerequisites: N/A
Corequisites: N/A
Pre/Co/Equiv Notes: N/A

Program(s): Leadership Development Series
Program Coordinator(s): Multiple Coordinators
Course Leader or Contact: Multiple Course Leaders
Status: Approved (APPR)

Section I Notes: N/A

Section II: Course Details

Detailed Description
Today's workplace is highly regulated from the commencement of the employment relationship through to its termination. An examination of both statutory law and common law is undertaken in both federal and provincial jurisdictions. Students review employment standards, health and safety, labour relations, pay equity and human rights legislation as it applies to management and unionized employees and leaders.

Program Context

Leadership Development Series Program Coordinator: Multiple
This is a compulsory course in the Leadership Development Series Certificate program.

Course Critical Performance and Learning Outcomes

 Critical Performance
By the end of this course, students will have demonstrated the 
ability to interpret and explain workplace law as it applies in both 
management and unionized environments.  
Learning Outcomes
To achieve the critical performance, students will have demonstrated 
the ability to:  

 1.  Explain the impact of the following on the employment

     a.	 Ontario Health and Safety Act  
     b.	 Ontario Human Rights Code
     c.	 Ontario Labour Relations Act
     d.	 Employment Standards Act
     e.	 Pay Equity
     f.	 Employment Equity
     g.	 Privacy.

 2.  Explain the relevance of Common Law to the employment
     relationship including the notion of just/unjust/constructive

 3.  Compare the differences between dependent and independent
     contractors under the law.

 4.  Describe the major differences between statutory legislation in
     Ontario and statutory legislation in the other provinces.

 5.  Describe the relationship between federal legislation and 
     provincial legislation.

 6.  Explain how collective agreements are negotiated.

 7.  Explain the role of collective agreements in regulating the work

 8.  Explain the grievance/arbitration process including the roles
     and responsibilities of all parties.

 9.  Apply relevant laws to all decision making processes.

Evaluation Plan
Students demonstrate their learning in the following ways:

Case Study 1        15%
Case Study 2        15%
Case Study 3        20%
Case Study 4        20%
Final Exam          30%
Total              100%

In order to successfully complete this course, the student is 
required to achieve an overall grade of 60%.

Students are responsible for keeping all returned assignments and 
tests in the event of disputes over recorded marks.  A student who 
misses an evening class is responsible for obtaining any handouts 
and information on course content, assignments, due dates, test 
dates, etc.

Evening courses require a minimum of 80% attendance.  Intensive 
Saturday courses have a 100% mandatory attendance policy.  Students 
who fail to meet the attendance requirements will not pass the 
course.   Late assignments will not be accepted and missed exams 
will result in a "zero" grade for the exam.  

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


Essential Employability Skills
Essential Employability Skills emphasized in the course:

X Communication X Critical Thinking & Problem Solving X Interpersonal
  Numeracy X Information Management   Personal

Notes: N/A

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

Students may apply to receive credit by demonstrating achievement of the course learning outcomes through previous relevant work/life experience, service, self-study and training on the job. This course is eligible for challenge through the following method(s):

Challenge Exam Portfolio Interview Other Not Eligible for PLAR

Notes:  N/A

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.
Effective term: Spring/Summer 2014
Professor: Multiple Professors
MGMT70022  Employment Law Participant's Manual 
(distributed in the first class)

Applicable student group(s): Continuing Education Leadership Development Series Program participants
Course Details:

Testing and Assignment due dates will vary depending upon the number 
of sessions (10 or 4).  Teachers will identify dates in the first 

Module 1  
- Overview  
- Learning Objectives 
- Sources of Employment Law  
- Statute Law  
- Common Law  
- The Employment Life Cycle  

Module 2  
- Overview  
- Learning Objectives 
- The Hiring Process  
- The Overview of the Ontario Human Rights Code  
- The Application of the Human Rights Code to Hiring Practices 

Module 3 
- Overview  
- Learning Objectives 
- Common Law and the Hiring Process  
- The Hiring Process   
- Types of Employees 
- Employee versus Independent Contractor  
- Employment Contracts 
Module 4 
- Overview  
- Learning Objectives 
- Introduction 
- Human Rights and the Employment Relationship 
- Harassment   
- Accommodation 

Module 5 
- Overview 
- Learning Objectives  
- Employment Standards  
- Pay Equity  
- Employment Equity   

Module 6 
- Overview 
- Learning Objectives 
- Introduction  
- The Occupational Health and Safety Act of Ontario  
- Workplace Safety and Insurance Act  
- Workplace Safety and Insurance Board  
- Promotion, Education, and Training  
- Return to Work  
- Provide Compensation 

Module 7 
- Overview  
- Learning Objectives  
- Introduction   
- Personal Information Protection and Electronics Documents Act  
- Common Law and the Employment Relationship 

Module 8 
- Overview 
- Learning Objectives 
- Introduction   
- The Ontario Labour Relations Act  
- Components of the Ontario Labour Relations Act  
- Establishing Bargaining Rights or Union Certification  
- Negotiation of Collective Agreements 
- The Major Components of this Section of the Act include  
  - Contents and Operations of Collective Agreements 
  - Unfair Practices  
- The Content of Collective Agreements   

Module 9  
- Overview  
- Learning Objectives  
- Introduction  
- Employment Resignation 
- Employee Retirement  
- Employee Layoff, Termination, and Severance 

Module 10   
- Overview  
- Learning Objectives   
- Introduction 
- Just Cause  
- Establishing Just Cause  
- Constructive Dismissal and Frustration of Contract 
- Post Employment Obligations 


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