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HR 512 Employee & Labor Relations

Examine the set of legal requirements that govern the workplace.

8 weeks

Many human resources functions are subject to employment law, including hiring, promotion, recruitment, interviewing, background checks, references and more. In HR 512 Employer and Labor Relations, you’ll gain an understanding for the major issues of employment law through case study analysis and discussion.

Course Overview

As you become familiar with employment laws, the rights they confer on employees and the process involved in enforcing those laws, you’ll consider the various types of employment discrimination. You’ll see why discrimination, breach of contract and fraud are legal concerns surrounding external recruitment. You’ll also review methods for conducting background checks on candidates, soliciting and providing employment references, and verifying eligibility to work in the U.S.

A variety of employment tests are intended to identify both disqualifying and desirable characteristics in candidates. You’ll examine those tests as you also consider the legal implications of hiring or promoting based on appearance standards and other subjective criteria. To that end, you’ll explore the concept of Equal Employment Opportunity as an important outcome of an organizational strategy. You’ll look at the impact of harassment as well as inflexible policies and practices that can be considered barriers to effectively preclude employment, particularly for reasons of religion or disability.

Sample Assignment

You’ll participate in weekly discussions to present reasoned arguments on particular topics. To support your stances, you’ll use primary materials such as the textbook, as well as research of relevant outside materials such as online journals, law resources, and databases.

The Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA), the Equal Pay Act and other laws affect and regulate wages, hours, and equity. You’ll examine these laws as well as the Employer Retirement Income Security Act (ERISA), the principal federal law regulating benefit plans. Collective bargaining by private sector employees is governed by the National Labor Relations Act (NRLA), and you’ll consider how this law affects both union and non-union workers. Workers are also protected by the Occupational Safety and Health Act (OSHA) and Workers' Compensation statues, and you’ll gain deeper insight into both.

How should an organization accommodate the sincere religious beliefs and practices of an employee?

Discuss this and more in HR 512.

You’ll examine legal issues surrounding performance appraisals and training and development programs, and you’ll look at the legal limits to incursions upon employee privacy in the workplace. The legal standards for termination can vary depending on whether employees work in the private sector, are in a union, or work in the public sector. You’ll focus on the subject of terminations, as it is more likely than any other human resource activity to result in legal claims.

Sample Course Topics

Throughout each week of the course, you will focus on a core topic or theme. Sample topics are listed below and are subject to change based on the instructor.

  • Overview of Employment Law, Relationship and Discrimination
  • Recruitment, Applications and Interviews; Background Checks, References and Verifying Employment
  • Employment Testing, Hiring and Promotion Decisions
  • Affirmative Action and Work-Life Conflicts
  • Wages, Hours, Pay Equity and Benefits
  • Unions and Collective Bargaining; Occupational Safety and Health
  • Performance Appraisals and Privacy on the Job
  • Terminating Individual Employees, Downsizing and Post-Termination Issues

What You’ll Learn

In HR 512, you’ll consider the implications of laws to human resources practice in the employment life cycle, including hiring, promotion, recruitment, interviewing, background checks, references, and employment testing.

  • Understand human resource law/policy of the employment life cycle through assignments, discussions, and examinations.
  • Analyze human resource policies and advice in addition to evaluating their legal effect on employees and organizations.
  • Identify and synthesize relevant employment case law and legal theory.
  • Incorporate motivational, pragmatic, and ethical considerations that go beyond minimal legal requirements by developing and implementing policies and practices that make sense given the operational realties of the workplace.
  • Gain an understanding of the legal relationship between employer and employee, practical knowledge of terms and conditions of employment, collective bargaining, and contract negotiations.

Learn More

In HR 512, you’ll explore the major issues in employment law. For more information about The University of Scranton’s online Master of Business Administration or Master of Science in Human Resources degree, request more information or call us today toll-free at (866) 373-9547.

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