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Employment Law




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Course level: Undergraduate

This course provides an overview of federal statutes and state-regulated areas that affect the personnel function. Among topics addressed are EEO and affirmative action, OSHA, ERISA, FMLA, and ADA; employee privacy issues (polygraph testing, drug and alcohol testing, employer searching and monitoring); and wrongful discharge. 



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Course skills and outcomes

Week 1

  • Research federal and state discrimination laws. 
  • Analyze federal and state discrimination laws related to unlawful discrimination. 
  • Apply federal and state laws to factual scenarios in order to recognize discriminatory practices. 
  • Distinguish between disparate treatment and disparate impact. 

Week 2

  • Interpret principles of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) and the ADA Amendment Act of 2008 ADAAA). 
  • Analyze situations in which reasonable accommodations are appropriate or inappropriate
  • Recognize eligibility criteria for the Family Medical Leave Act (FMLA). 

Week 3

  • Explore employment relationships, including principal-agency relationships, independent contractor, at-will employment, and non-compete contractual agreements.
  • Examine exceptions to at-will employment. 
  • Explain employer liability for acts of employees and agents under the doctrine of Respondeat Superior. 

Week 4

  • Evaluate legal responsibilities related to affirmative action. 
  • Assess potential “reverse discrimination” in the workplace. 
  • Assess corrective action measures utilized in progressive discipline. 

Week 5

  • Evaluate provisions of major labor laws. 
  • Determine what constitutes unfair labor practices in relation to union and employer disputes.
  • Describe the collective bargaining process.


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Learn from instructors who bring an average of 25 years of working experience to the classroom.

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Our tuition and fees are competitive and fixed. Also, check to see if your employer will cover you for this course.

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