May 23


Hello all,

The exam has been scheduled for 7 p.mon June 15.  

It is an online exam.  The exam will be posted on the course Moodle site at 7 pm.   You can go there now and try a practice document upload in Topic 2.  Basically, you type your answers in a Word document, save it using a name that includes your surname, and then upload it to the Moodle system before 10 p.m.   Make sure you keep saving your document regularly, and also that you submit your final saved version.  You will not be able to upload your final document after 10:03 p.m.   Do not wait until the last minute.  It is not, in my opinion, a 3 hour exam.  You should have lots of time.  Some of you will no doubt be done by 9 p.m.

How to Study

You should study by doing the a close reading of the assigned chapters while listening to the lectures.   Then try the practice questions at the back of chapters and posted above under Practice Questions.   Since it is an open book exam, the questions obviously cannot involve simply repeating what the text book says.   Rather you will need to apply the principles we learned to specific scenarios.   A good idea is to build a flowchart of the materials on one page that maps out the subjects we have covered and the key principles relating to each subject.  That way you can look at the map during the exam to help quickly focus your thoughts and identify which part of the course the question deals with.

Academic Honesty

Keep in mind that this is an individual exam and any discussion with other students or non-students about the exam during the exam is serious academic dishonesty.  It is your responsibility to ensure that you are alone during the exam.  We will be looking for exam answers that look similar during the grading process and possibly running the exams through Turnitin to look for plagiarism.   As long as you answer the questions on your own, you will have no problems.

Format of Final Exam

The format is 5 short-answer questions worth between 10 and 15 marks, plus one short essay question that is similar in style to the assignment that is posted on the course website for people who missed the midterm.  The essay question is open-ended and allows you to show what you learned.  The short answer questions require you to apply legal concepts you learned to a variety of fictional fact scenarios.  Study by doing the readings, and trying the sample questions at the back of chapters and posted on the website.

Finally, I am asked to remind you that you should complete the on-line course evaluation which should have been sent to you.

Cheers, David


Apr 21

Hello all,  if you are reading this, you are probably enrolled in HRM3420, Employment Law in the Summer term, 2017.  This is a Distance course, hosted on this website.  

This is an S1 course, meaning it is intensive and moves at twice the speed of a normal semester course.  There will be two lectures per week posted.  If you know you will have trouble keeping up with the materials, I suggest you withdraw from the course and take it during a normal semester format.

This class will teach you how to think like an employment lawyer. It will give you a new appreciation of your rights (or lack thereof) as an employee and prepare you deal with legal problems you might meet as a representative of an employer in the future.  It will also challenge you to think about the broader social, economic, and political forces that shape the development of the law of work in Canada.

Presentation of the Course

The course will be hosted on this blog.   Each Tuesday, beginning on May 2, I will post two blog entries each with a new lecture.  The blog entries will include a summary of what is covered, notes, and a link to Camtasia audio/visual lecture that I have recorded covering the material assigned for the week.  You can listen to the lecture on your computer or as a podcast if you have a podcast playing device.

The Course Text

The course text is D. Doorey, The Law of Work: Common Law and the Regulation of Work (Emond, 2016).  You can get it at the university bookstore or order it directly from the publisher at this website.  I think delivery is free.  There is also a cheaper e-book version.

The Course Blog

This course blog hosts much of the material you will need for this course, including the outline, links to lecture notes, supplemental readings, handouts, and other useful information. Please book mark it, familiarize yourself with its setup, and return regularly to check if there is any new material or announcements.

The outline, with the readings, is available under the Outline tab above.  You will need the password to access it, which is posted on the Course Moodle website. Check the email you gave the university as your preferred email, including in the junk folder.  If you are enrolled in the course and you do not receive that email, please contact me ( and I will check your enrolment status. Keep up.  If you fall behind you will have great difficulty catching up.

Class Preparation

This is not a textbook memorization course.  You need to do the readings, and then think about how to apply what your read to different scenarios.  You also need to learn think critically by understanding some key debates in employment law that we will discuss through the term, often in the lectures.

The Outline explains what to read.  Please get busy.

The Midterm and Exam

The midterm test will be at York, probably on the evening of Thursday May 18. The date will be confirmed once the course begins and is dependent on room availability.   It will be a 2 hour closed book test.  If you are out of town, you will need to make arrangements with the Distance Education office to write the test remotely.  Read the outline for more information.

The final exam will be a ‘take home’ exam scheduled during the regular exam period (June 12-14).  At a set time, the exam will appear on a York server and you will have the designated time period to type your answers and upload them to the server.  This will be explained during the term.  The day and time of the exam will be set by York according to the usual exam scheduling system.

Questions and Comments

On this blog, there is a a link called Leave a Reply at the end of each blog post.  If you ask a question there, I will respond at some point during the week.  Each comment needs to be approved by me before it appears, so there will be a lag from the time you post the question to the time you see it and my answer on the blog.  You can also email any concerns if you need to at my email address on the course outline.

Law of Work Website and App

There is a free App from the I-Tunes store if you are interested and use an Apple product, which includes feeds from my main public blog called  the Law of Work.  At that blog, you can also link to this course blog by following the tab called Current Courses at the top.  The Law of Work will regularly post material and stories that are relevant to your course.

That’s it for now.  See you in class.  Professor Doorey.

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May 9


The midterm test will be held on Thursday May 18 at 7 – 9 p.m. in Curtis Lecture Hall G. 

The test will include two parts.  Part I is 10 multiple choice questions worth 3 marks each.  Part II will be 4 short answer questions worth in total 50 marks.  The questions will cover material covered up to and including Lecture 5, except chapter 13 (Termination by an Employer With Reasonable Notice) which is started but not finished in Lecture 5.

The short answer questions may ask you to refer to any relevant case law that supports or helps explain your answer.  Therefore, you should try to learn and remember key cases discussed in class. I will give you this list of case names attached to the midterm question sheet.

The best way to prepare is to carefully read the assigned readings, listen to the lectures, and then try to answer the questions at the back of the chapters and the sample questions I have posted on this website (see Practice Questions tab above).  For multiple choice questions, read every possible answer carefully before selecting your response.

This test is closed-book.   If you are out of the city, you need to contact to make arrangements to write off-campus at a designated exam centre.

Best, David