LDS502 - Employment Law

Outline info
Last revision date 2018-07-03 22:29:18.607
Last review date 2018-07-03 22:29:18.608

Subject Title
Employment Law

Subject Description
Students will review employment standards, health and safety, labour relations, pay equity, employment equity and human rights legislation as they apply to management and unionized employees and leaders. An examination of both statutory and common law will be undertaken in both federal and provincial jurisdictions.

Credit Status
One full credit toward a Seneca College Certificate in the Leadership Development Series.

Learning Outcomes
Upon successful completion of this subject the student will be able to:

1. Explain the impact of the following on the employment relationship:
- Ontario Health and Safety Act
- Ontario Human Rights Code
- Ontario Labour Relations Act
- Employment Standards Act
- Pay Equity
- Employment Equity
- Privacy.
2. Explain the relevance of Common Law to the employment relationship including the notion of just/unjust/constructive dismissal;
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 and the impact on businesses;
6. Explain how collective agreements are negotiated;
7. Explain the role of collective agreements in regulating the work environment;
8. Explain the grievance/arbitration process including the roles and responsibilities of all parties; and
9. Apply relevant laws to business situations.

Cheating and Plagiarism
Each student should be aware of the College's policy regarding Cheating and Plagiarism. Seneca's Academic Policy will be strictly enforced.

To support academic honesty at Seneca College, all work submitted by students may be reviewed for authenticity and originality, utilizing software tools and third party services. Please visit the Academic Honesty site on for further information regarding cheating and plagiarism policies and procedures.

All students and employees have the right to study and work in an environment that is free from discrimination and/or harassment. Language or activities that defeat this objective violate the College Policy on Discrimination/Harassment and shall not be tolerated. Information and assistance are available from the Student Conduct Office at

Accommodation for Students with Disabilities
The College will provide reasonable accommodation to students with disabilities in order to promote academic success. If you require accommodation, contact the Counselling and Disabilities Services Office at ext. 22900 to initiate the process for documenting, assessing and implementing your individual accommodation needs.


Topic Outline

  • Ontario Human Rights Code
  • Ontario Labour Relations Act
  • Bona Fide Occupational Qualification
  • Common Law - Just/unjust/constructive dismissal
  • Employment Standards Act (Ontario)
  • Ontario Health and Safety Act
  • Pay Equity
  • Employment Equity
  • Privacy Legislation
  • Unionization
  • Grievance/Arbitration
  • Negotiating a Collective Agreement
  • Dependent/Independent Contractors
  • Labour Relations
  • Certification
  • Right to Refuse
  • Duty to Accommodate
  • Due Diligence
  • Inclusivity
  • Notice and Pay in Lieu of Notice


Mode of Instruction
A combination of teaching methods will be utilized which may include case studies, discussions, group and individual work.

Prescribed Texts

Leadership Development Series - Employment Law Participant Guide - included in course content. 

Reference Material

Required Supplies

Promotion Policy

Grading Policy
A+ 90%  to  100%
A 80%  to  89%
B+ 75%  to  79%
B 70%  to  74%
C+ 65%  to  69%
C 60%  to  64%
D+ 55%  to  59%
D 50%  to  54%
F 0%    to  49% (Not a Pass)
EXC Excellent
SAT Satisfactory
UNSAT Unsatisfactory

For further information, see a copy of the Academic Policy, available online ( or at Seneca's Registrar's Offices.

Modes of Evaluation
Assignments are due on the dates specified. Should extenuating circumstances arise, please contact your instructor immediately, prior to when your assignment is due, so an appropriate course of action can be established. Late assignments may be subject to a penalty of up to 10% per week and will not generally be accepted beyond two weeks after the assignment due date.

In cases of cheating or plagiarism, the College Academic Policy will prevail.  Please ensure that all assignments and reports are properly documented.

Students are referred to the following web site for the Seneca College Library MLA Style Guides, Academic Honesty Policy and Copyright guidelines:  


Dates for evaluations are specified in the weekly schedule addendum to this outline. The evaluation process may include, but is not limited to, tests, exams, assignments or presentations. Any absences or missed submissions due to medical or other reasons must be supported by medical or other appropriate documentation within one (1) week of the due date. The faculty and program area must be notified immediately in the even of a missed evaluation. Upon acceptance of the documentation, the weighting of the missed deliverable will normally be applied to the final exam.

English Competency:

The ability to communicate effectively is essential for success in business. Therefore, you must demonstrate English competency in this course in both oral and written work. Ensure your written work includes correct sentence structure, spelling and punctuation. Always spell check, edit and proofread your work.

Students must achieve an overall grade of 60% in order to pass the course.

Grading is based on the following marking scheme: 


Case Studies 70%
Final Exam 30%

Please retain this course outline document for future educational and/or employment use. 

Academic Program Manager:
Emiliano Introcaso

Approved by: Chair - Business Studies Danielle Mercier