LGL232 - Employment Law

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Subject Title
Employment Law

Subject Description
This subject provides students with a working knowledge of the legal aspects of employment; in particular, the areas of employment standards, occupational health and safety, and workplace safety and insurance will be examined. The course also introduces the student to the administrative practices and procedures of several administrative tribunals in this area of law in Ontario.

Credit Status
This is a credit course applicable towards the Paralegal Certificate Program in the Faculty of Continuing Education and Training.

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

1. Identify key provisions of relevant legislation (e.g.,Employment Standards Act, Workplace Safety and Insurance Act, Occupational Health and Safety Act).

2. Analyze the nature of the employer-employee relationship.

3.Evaluate and apply employment law principles (e.g., reasonable notice, wrongful dismissal, just cause, constructive dismissal).

4. Apply the practice and procedure related to the Workplace Safety and Insurance Board and the Workplace Safety and Insurance Appeal Tribunal (e.g., service requirements, time limits, parties, witnesses, evidence, types of relief the Board can grant).

5. Describe and apply the major common law doctrines of employment law to set of facts.

6. Analyze, interpret and apply Ontario employment legislation to a set of facts.

7. Demonstrate substantive and procedural knowledge of the administrative process under various employment legislation.

8. Demonstrate knowledge of the advocacy skills used in employment law administrative settings.

9. Determine defences available in prosecutions under employment legislation.

10. Display an attitude of professonalism, as evidenced by an ability to meet deadlines, complete assignments and perform tests and in-class assignments as scheduled.

Essential Employability Skills
Communicate clearly, concisely and correctly in the written, spoken and visual form that fulfils the purpose and meets the needs of the audience.

Respond to written, spoken, or visual messages in a manner that ensures effective communication.

Execute mathematical operations accurately.

Apply a systematic approach to solve problems.

Use a variety of thinking skills to anticipate and solve problems.

Locate, select, organize, and document information using appropriate technology and information systems.

Analyze, evaluate, and apply relevant information from a variety of sources.

Show respect for diverse opinions, values, belief systems, and contributions of others.

Interact with others in groups or teams in ways that contribute to effective working relationships and the achievement of goals.

Manage the use of time and other resources to complete projects.

Take responsibility for one's own actions, decisions, and consequences.

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 http://library.senecacollege.ca 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 student.conduct@senecacollege.ca.

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.

All Module One and Two Courses

It is your responsibility to ensure that program requirements and course prerequisites as outlined are met. Prerequisites are included for your academic protection. Course content and your instructor's teaching assumes that students are academically prepared and instruction will proceed accordingly. Students lacking prerequisites not only jeopardize their own ability to succeed but present unnecessary interruption. If you lack appropriate prerequisites (or advanced standing for the prerequisite course) you may be asked to withdraw or transfer to a more appropriate course with the risk of academic/financial penalty.

Topic Outline
1.    Introduction to Employment Law

  • Brief History of Employment Law
  • Constitutional Jurisdiction in Employment Matters

2.    Legal Concerns in the Pre-Employment Period

3.    The Employer-Employee Relationship
  • Defining the Employment Relationship
  • Common Law Tests to Establish an Employer-Employee Relationship
  • The Employment Contract
  • Legislated Minimum Standards:  The Employment Standards Act, 2000
  • Compensation for Accidents and Injuries:  The Workplace Safety and Insurance Act, 1997
  • A Safe Work Environment:  The Occupational Health and Safety Act

4.    The End of the Employer-Employee Relationship (including dismissal and constructive dismissal) 

Mode of Instruction
Students learn through interactive classroom lectures, discussion and group problem solving.

It is the student's responsibility to save documents, articles and notes that the instructor has provided on Blackboard or in class. Students will not be able to access Blackboard as of the last day of the student's class. 

Prescribed Texts
Filsinger, Kathryn J. Employment Law for Business and Human Resources Professionals. Toronto: Emond-Mongomery, 2015. ISBN#9781552395950

Reference Material
Olivo, L. Introduction to Law in Canada - Chapters on Employment Law and Unionized Employment Law. Captus Press.

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 (http://www.senecacollege.ca/academic-policy) or at Seneca's Registrar's Offices.

Modes of Evaluation
Grading is based on the following marking scheme: 

Mid Term Test
Assignment         20%
Final Exam

Materials permitted into tests and exams are at the discretion of the instructor.
Students must attain a grade of at least 50% to pass the course.

Please Note
  • Exams are evaluated on subject knowledge as well as correct language usage, organization, and mastery of the subject.

Absenteeism and Tests
  • Students should be aware that absenteeism will impact on their ability to achieve satisfactory grades.
  • If you miss a test, you must provide the reason in writing to the instructor prior to the next scheduled class. If your reason is accepted, you will be permitted to write a make-up test. Otherwise, you will be given a zero for the test. You must submit an original doctor’s certificate identifying the date, length of time of expected absence and the specific reason for your absence, or other appropriate documentation.

Academic Honesty

Students at Seneca College are expected to be honest and forthright in their academic endeavours. When students cheat on an examination, steal the words or ideas of another, or falsify their research results, it corrupts the learning process. A Seneca College degree, diploma or certificate signifies to society mastery of a set of defined learning outcomes in a designated field of study. If academic credit is obtained dishonestly, the value of every graduate's diploma in the field of study is diminished, as is the reputation of the college as a whole.

Penalties for Academic Dishonesty

The penalty for a first offence is a grade of '0' on the assignment or examination. The penalty for the second offence is expulsion for a time period determined by the Academic Honesty Committee, normally for a minimum of three terms. For further information refer to the policies section of the Seneca College student handbook, or to the following website: http://library.senecacollege.ca/Academic_Honesty/

Approved by: Sandra Noble