Archive for January 2016


Protected: Lecture 4: Expressed and Implied Contract Terms

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Protected: Lecture 3: Requirements of Employment Contracts and Contract Terms

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Protected: Lecture 2: Law of Work Framework, Employee Status, Recruitment

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Lecture One: Introduction to Employment Law

In this class, we explore at a general level what the course will cover and introduce the ‘three regimes’ of work law.  In this course, we are concerned with two of those regimes: the Common Law of Employment and The Regulatory Standards Regime.  

These powerpoint slides provide a general overview of what was discussed in the lecture.

All of the slides I put up during the lecture can be found in the Handouts tab at the top of this website.

You are expected to read chapter 3 and complete the Exercise at the back of the chapter, which we will briefly discuss at the beginning of the second class.  It requires you to read a Toronto Star story about exploited workers in downtown Toronto and to think about what forces contributed to an environment in which that is possible today.

Welcome to HRM3420 (Employment Law) Winter 2016

Hello all,  if you are reading this, you are probably enrolled in HRM3420, Employment Law Section M in the Winter term, 2015.  

[If you are enrolled in the Distance section of HRM 3420 (Section N), you are on the wrong website.  Check your email for information, or your Moodle page for HRM 3420 N.  If you received an email from me giving you a password, you can also enter that password at this link to access the course outline for the Distance section and enter the password.  If you haven’t received an email about your course, write to me at]

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.

Keep up.  If you fall behind you will have great difficulty catching up.

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.

You will need a password to access most of the material on the blog.  That password will be sent to all registered students the first day the term, so 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.

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.  To do well, you should read the assigned readings before class and attend lecture and listen rather than surf your Facebook page.

The Outline explains what to read.  Please get busy.

The Midterm and Exam

The midterm will be in class, probably on Monday February 22 though this will be conformed in class.  It will be a 2 hour closed book test.  The final exam will be a ‘take home’ exam scheduled in the exam period.  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 in class.  The 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.