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BLAW 3905

Employment Law

School School of Business + Media
Program Human Resource Management
Course Credits 4
Minimum Passing Grade 50%
Start Date September 07, 2021
End Date December 04, 2021
Total Hours 48
Total Weeks 14
Hours/Weeks 3.43
Delivery Type Other
CRN 48353

Acknowledgement of Territories

The British Columbia Institute of Technology acknowledges that our campuses are located on the unceded traditional territories of the Coast Salish Nations of Sḵwx̱wú7mesh (Squamish), səl̓ilwətaɁɬ (Tsleil-Waututh), and xwməθkwəy̓əm (Musqueam).

Instructor Details

Name Izelde van Jaarsveld
E-mail Instructor to provide
Location Online
Office Hours Instructor to provide

Course Description

This course will explore the common law legal principles and statutory regimes governing the relationship between individual employees and employers in Canada. While the emphasis will be on the law of employment in the non-union context, comparisons will be made throughout the course between individual and unionized activity and the relationship between unions and employers in Canada. The course will involve a review of relevant statutes, analysis of decisions from the courts, practical exercises, discussion and student presentations. Students should take HRMG 3205 Labour Relations I to learn about employment law as it applies to a unionized workforce.

Course Learning Outcomes/Competencies

Upon successful completion of this course, the student will be able to:

  • Analyze the appropriate employment legislation and common law principles in order to ensure employer compliance and design best practices;
  • Apply the principles of contract law that govern the employment relationship from formation to termination.
  • Outline the key steps involved in employment law dispute resolution, including the administrative tribunal process, traditional litigation and alternative dispute mechanisms.
  • Design practices to effectively reduce the risk of wrongful dismissal disputes and other legal causes of action.
  • Develop basic workplace policies that assist employers in maintaining compliance with employment legislation and common law.​

Learning Resources

Textbook: Williams-Whitt et al, Employment Law for Business and Human Resources Professionals, Alberta and British Columbia, 4th Edition, 2021

An e-book is available. Order your digital copy from BCIT's bookstore.

Herewith the link: https://www.bcitbookstore.ca/distance/textbook_express.asp?mode=2&step=2

Please also study class notes and read the additional reading materials that will be made available on Learning Hub.

Evaluation Criteria

Criteria % 100 Comments
Participation10

Due dates: Worksheet 1 (3 %): Oct. 3 before 11:30 pm; Worksheet 2 (3 %): Nov. 7 before 11:30 pm; Worksheet 3 (4%): Nov. 28 before 11:30 pm

Participation grade is based on completion of three sets of revision worksheets with questions which you will find on The Hub > BLAW 3905 > Content>Worksheets. Please submit each worksheet via the ‘drop box’ (see The Hub >BLAW 3905> Activities > Assignments) before the due dates. See further par. 6 “Course Schedule” below.

Three open-book quizzes, 5 questions each15

Due dates: Quiz 1: Oct. 5 before noon; Quiz 2: Nov 9 before noon; Quiz 3: Nov. 30 before noon.

Access the quizzes via The Hub >BLAW3905 >Activities> Quizzes > Quiz 1, 2, 3 and complete before the due dates, or look under ‘Calendar’ on the right side of the main page > click on the date. Each quiz provides you with an opportunity to practice sample multiple-choice questions (MCQs) on the material you need to study for each test. See further par. 6 “Course Schedule” below.

Test 1 (closed-book)

25Access on: Tuesday, Oct. 5 at 6:35 PM.

Test 1: 25 questions, 40 minutes, complete online via the Hub. Access Test 1 via Learning Hub>BLAW3905 >Activities >Quizzes >Test 1, or look under ‘Calendar’ on the right side of the main page > click on the date.

Test 2 (closed-book)

25Access on:Tuesday, Nov. 9 at 6:35 PM.

Test 2: 25 questions, 40 minutes, complete online via the Hub. Access Test 2 via Learning Hub>BLAW3905 >Activities >Quizzes >Test 2, or look under ‘Calendar’ on the right side of the main page > click on the date.

Test 3 (closed-book)

25

Access on: Tuesday, Nov. 30 at 6:35 PM.

Test 3: 25 questions, 40 minutes, complete online via the Hub. Access Test 3 via Learning Hub>BLAW3905 >Activities >Quizzes >Test 3, or look under ‘Calendar’ on the right side of the main page > click on the date.

Attendance Requirements

This course is offered online. Please access The Hub on a weekly basis and review and complete the relevant work - see Course Schedule for more detail.

The attendance policy as outlined in Student Regulation: Policy No. 5101 will be enforced. This policy is available at: http://www.bcit.ca/files/pdf/policies/5101.pdf.

Course Specific Requirements

Assignments: Late assignments will not be accepted for marking. Assignments must be done on an individual basis unless otherwise specified by the instructor. I am available to assist students during office hours. Please make an appointment with me in advance to prevent overlapping appointments.

Attempts: Students must successfully complete a course within a maximum of three attempts at the course. Students with two attempts in a single course will be allowed to repeat the course only upon special written permission from the Associate Dean. Students who have not successfully completed a course within three attempts will not be eligible to graduate from the appropriate program.

Course Outline Changes: The material or schedule specified in this course outline may be changed by the instructor. If changes are required, they will be announced in an “announcement” on the homepage of BLAW 3905.

Ethics: BCIT assumes that all students attending the Institute will follow a high standard of ethics. Incidents of cheating or plagiarism may, therefore, result in a grade of zero for the assignment, quiz, test, exam, or project for all parties involved and/or expulsion from the course.

Very important: Tests and quizzes’ questions, along with assignments’ answers, are protected by copyright. Therefore, you may not copy in any form or share these questions and homework answers. Students who act in breach of copyright law will be subjected to disciplinary proceedings and ultimately, may be expelled.

Exam/Tests: All the tests and practice quizzes of this course comprise multiple-choice questions (MCQs). In order to pass the course, students require a passing grade, i.e., 50%. Students must complete all three tests, because each test covers different topics, i.e., the tests are non-cumulative.

Please: Complete the practice quizzes and address any technical issues before each test. Tests and quizzes should be completed on either a laptop or desktop. Do not use your cell phone or tablet when completing test, quizzes, or when submitting your three (3) worksheet assignments. You are responsible to make sure you are able to access all the quizzes, tests, and drop boxes for assignments’ submission.

Illness: A doctor’s note is required for any illness causing you to miss assignments, quizzes, tests, projects, or exam.

You are compelled to email your instructor immediately should you be unable to sit for a test due to illness. At the discretion of the instructor, you may complete the work missed or have the work prorated.

Makeup Tests, Exams or Quizzes: There are no makeup tests, exams or quizzes. If you miss a test, exam or quiz, you will receive” zero” marks. Exceptions may be made for documented medical reasons or extenuating circumstances. In such a case, it is the responsibility of the student to inform the instructor immediately.

Students who are seeking accommodation for a medical absence must have a BCIT-approved medical certificate. For other absences, students must be prepared to provide appropriate supporting documentation. These requirements are set out in accordance with BCIT Policy 5101 “Student Regulations”.

Other information

When answering revision questions on the worksheets, please refer to the legal principles in BC only, where applicable.

Important: Please do your own work and answer the revision questions in your own words. Students who plagiarized answers or copy answers of their friends or straight from the textbook will receive not receive any marks for their submission.

Course Schedule and Assignments

Week No.

Week of:

Topic

- A recording on each topic will be made available on Tuesdays in an announcement on the Homepage

Chapter in Textbook

Assignment

(1) Listen to lecture recording

(2) Read assigned chapter in textbook

(3) Complete relevant worksheet questions

1

Sep. 7:

Tuesday

Introduction to Course

Canadian Legal System: Part 1

Ch. 1 – Part 1

-See Video Recording link under ‘Announcements’ on the homepage of BLAW 3905 in The Learning Hub.

-Listen to TWO recordings:

1. Welcome and course outline

2.Canadian Legal System: Part 1 - Lecture

2

Sep. 14:

Tuesday

Canadian Legal System: Part 2

Ch. 1 - Part 2

-Review study material, listen to lecture video recording.

3

Sep. 21:

Tuesday

Defining an Employment Relationship: Provincially

Regulated Employers

Ch. 2

-Review study material, listen to lecture video recording.

4

Sep. 28:

Tuesday

The Employment Relationship

Ch. 5

- Review study material, listen to lecture video recording.

- Submit Worksheet 1 via drop box

on, before Sunday, Oct. 3 at 11:30 PM

-Complete Quiz 1 before Tuesday, Oct. 5 at noon (access via The Hub, 2 attempts)

- 5 MCQs for 5% (60 minutes)

5

Oct. 5

Online Test 1: Chapters 1, 2 and 5 (25 questions)

- Time: TUESDAY, 6:35 PM – 7:15 PM (40 minutes)

- Access and complete the test online via Learning Hub > BLAW 3905 > Activities > Quizzes >Test 1, or look under ‘Calendar’ & click on the date.

6

Oct. 12

Employment Legislation

Ch. 6

-Review study material, listen to lecture video recording.

7

Oct. 19

Human Rights: Part 1

Ch.7: Part 1 pp. 215-250

-Review study material, listen to lecture video recording.

8

Oct. 26

Human Rights: Part 2

Ch. 7: Part 2 pp. 250-289

-Review study material, listen to lecture video recording.

9

Nov. 2

Occupational Health, Workers Compensation Legislation, and Privacy

Chs. 8, 9 and 10

-Review study material, listen to lecture video recording.

- Submit Worksheet 2 via drop box

on, before Sunday, Nov. 7 at 11:30 PM

-Complete Quiz 2 before Tuesday, Nov. 9 at noon (access via The Hub, 2 attempts)

- 5 MCQs for 5% (60 minutes)

10

Nov. 9

Online Test 2: Chapters 6, 7, 8, 9 and 10 (25 questions)

- Time: TUESDAY, 6:35 PM – 7:15 PM (40 minutes)

- Access and complete the test online via Learning Hub > BLAW 3905 > Activities > Quizzes >Test 2, or look under ‘Calendar’ & click on the date.

N/A

11

Nov. 16

Navigating the Employment Relationship, Resignation, Dismissal with Cause

Chs. 11, 12 and 13

-Review study material, listen to lecture video recording.

12

Nov. 23

Dismissal without Cause, Wrongful dismissal and Post-Employment Obligations

Chs. 14 and 15

-Review study material, listen to lecture video recording.

- Submit Worksheet 3 via drop box

on, before Sunday, Nov. 28 at 11:30 PM

-Complete Quiz 3 before Tuesday, Nov. 30 at noon (access via The Hub, 2 attempts)

- 5 MCQs for 5% (60 minutes)

14

Nov. 30

Online Test 3 (25 questions): Chapters 11, 12, 13, 14, 15

- Time: TUESDAY, 6:35 PM – 7:15 PM (40 minutes)

- Access and complete the test online via Learning Hub > BLAW 3905 > Activities > Quizzes >Test 3, or look under ‘Calendar’ & click on the date.

** Schedule may be changed due to unforeseen circumstances. Students will be informed of any changes in good time.

Summary

1. Listen to the video recording of each lecture on a weekly basis. Links to lecture recordings will be made available on Tuesday morning each week in an announcement on the homepage of BLAW 3905 on The Hub.

2. Complete quizzes and tests via Learning Hub >BLAW 3905 Icon > Activities > Quizzes, or click on the relevant due date under the ‘Calendar’ of the course’s homepage.

3. All tests and quizzes comprise MCQs.

4. Submit your three worksheets via Learning Hub > BLAW3905 > Activities >Assignments.

There will be three drop boxes under the Activity > Assignment tab on The Hub, one for each revision assignment, respectively.

5. The revision assignments are not teamwork: every student must please submit their own answers.

Course topics

The course provides an essential understanding of basic Canadian law: our legal system, contracts and torts. There will also be detailed study of those areas of law that relate directly to the employment situation: human rights, privacy, employment standards legislation, occupational health and safety and termination of employment. These topics will be discussed in relation to the hiring process, rights and obligations during the period of employment and termination and post-employment considerations.

BCIT Policy

Any student who needs special assistance in the event of a medical emergency or building evacuation (either because of a disability or for any other reason) should promptly inform their course instructor(s) and Accessibility Services of their personal circumstances.

Human Rights, Harassment and Discrimination:
The BCIT community is made up of individuals from every ability, background, experience and identity, each contributing uniquely to the richness and diversity of the BCIT community as a whole. In recognition of this, and the intrinsic value of our diversity, BCIT seeks to foster a climate of collaboration, understanding and mutual respect between all members of the community and ensure an inclusive accessible working and learning environment where everyone can succeed.

Respect, Diversity, and Inclusion is a supportive resource for both students and employees of BCIT, to foster a respectful learning and working environment. Any student who feels that they are experiencing discrimination or harassment (personal or human rights-related) can confidentially access this resource for advice and support. Please see Policy 7507 – Harassment and Discrimination and accompanying procedure.

Students should make themselves aware of additional Education, Administration, Safety and other BCIT policies listed at https://www.bcit.ca/about/administration/policies.shtml

Guidelines for School of Business + Media

Attempts:
Students must successfully complete a course within a maximum of three (3) attempts at the course. Students with two attempts in a single course will be allowed to repeat the course only upon special written permission from the Associate Dean. Students who have not successfully completed a course within three attempts may not be eligible to graduate from their respective program.

Attendance:
Regular attendance in lectures and labs is seen as integral to student success, therefore, attendance in class is monitored. Unexcused absences in excess of 10% of the time prescribed for this course may result in the assignment of a failing grade. Attendance may be taken at any time during class. A student not present for attendance will be marked absent. A student who leaves class for a period of time deemed excessive by the instructor may be considered absent regardless of whether they are present when attendance is taken.

In case of illness or other unavoidable absence, students must communicate with the instructor, or the appropriate Program Head, as soon as possible (preferably in advance) indicating the reason for the absence. Students who are seeking accommodation for a medical absence must have a BCIT-approved medical certificate ). For other absences, students must be prepared to provide appropriate supporting documentation.

A student who has unexcused absences in excess of 10% of the time prescribed for the course by the Withdrawal Deadline is considered to have ‘Vanished’ and will be assigned a grade of ‘V’. In these cases, no further work will be graded.

These requirements are set out in accordance with BCIT Policy 5101 Student Regulations. More information regarding withdrawals from PTS courses is available at https://www.bcit.ca/pts/pts_withdrawals.shtml.

Approved

I verify that the content of this course outline is current.
Izelde van Jaarsveld, Instructor
August 26, 2021

I verify that this course outline has been reviewed.
Marlize van Jaarsveld, Program Head
August 30, 2021

I verify that this course outline has been reviewed.
Richard Miles, Part Times Studies and Program Coordinator
August 31, 2021

I verify that this course outline has been reviewed and complies with BCIT policy.
Caroline Depatie, Associate Dean
August 31, 2021

Note: Should changes be required to the content of this course outline, students will be given reasonable notice.