Welcome to Employment Law (Distance, Summer 2018 )

Hello all,  if you are reading this, you are probably enrolled in HRM3420, Employment Law in the Summer term, 2018.  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.  Normally I post two lectures per week, however due to the strike, I will post all the lectures prior to the midterm right from the outset, so you can work at your own pace.

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 critically about the broader social, economic, and political forces that shape the development of the law of work in Canada.  Finally, this course will be of great assistance to those of you intending to write the mandatory HRPA legal knowledge test later on.

Presentation of the Course

The course will be hosted on this blog.   The lecture 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.

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 (ddoorey@yorku.ca) 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 Monday June  11. 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 scheduled during the regular exam period (now set for July 5-7).

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 

My main public law blog is called the Law of Work. That blog includes links to stories and discussions about work law and 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.

Protected: Lecture One: Introduction to Employment Law

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Protected: Lecture 6: Termination by ‘Reasonable Notice’ and Constructive Dismissal

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Protected: Lecture 5: Termination of Employment Contracts by Agreement

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Protected: Lecture 4: Expressed and Implied Contract Terms

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

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Protected: Lecture 2: Law of Work Framework and Defining ‘Employment’

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Protected: Mid Term Grades

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