HR357 Employment Law

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HR 357 Employment Law


U1U 2013 LU


Robinson, Lillian


Adjunct Professor


PhD, Postsecondary and Adult Education
MA, Human Resource Management
BS, Occupational Education

Office Location

Goodyear, Arizona

Office Hours

Before and After Class

Daytime Phone


Other Phone




Semester Dates

June 3 - July 28, 2013

Class Days


Class Time

4:50 - 10:10 PM


MG 260, HR 353

Credit Hours



Employment Law for Business, 7th Edition, 2012
Authors:  Dawn D. Bennett-Alexander, University of Georgia
Laura P. Hartman, Depaul Universtiy
ISBN:  10:  0073524964
ISBN:  13:  978-0073524962
Publisher:  McGraw-Hill/Irwin

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Course Description:
HR 357 Employment Law: This course presents and examines the federal laws and legal issues surrounding the recruitment, selection, employment, and performance assessment of workers. Issues considered include discrimination, the determination of bona fide occupational qualifications, the use of testing for selection, family leave, and the collective bargaining process. 3:0:3

Educational Philosophy:
The instructor's educational philosophy is one of interactiveness based on lectures, readings, quizzes, dialogues, examinations, Internet, web sites, videos, role-playing, and scenarios.  The instructor will engage each student in substantive and critical thinking discussion. 

  Instructor Learning Outcomes

  1. Unlawful Employment Practices
  2. Understanding the No Fear Act of 2002
  3. Understanding the Equal Pay Act
  4. Understanding the Genetic Information Nondiscrimination Act
Class Assessment:
Final Exam (300 points):  The final exam will be a closed book exam taken the last week (Week 8) of the semester.  The exam is a closed book exam.  It will have a sampling of the follwing types of questions: consist of multiple choices, true/false, discussion, completion, and fill in the blank.
Mid-Term (200 points):  The mid term exam will be an open book take home exam.  To be completed and submitted via drop box in week 5.  Exam that are submitted after week 5 will be late. The exam will be constructed similar to the final exam. 
Written Research Paper (200 points):  The written paper will be 7 - 10 pages long, APA style, without an abstract.  Papers are due week 7.
Oral Presentation of Research Paper (200 points):  Students will present a professional presentation on the research papers.  Presentation will consist of at least 3 slides or hand outs.  Presentation will be 5 - 7 mins long.  Presentations are due Week 7.  Presentation will be done in person.
Class Participation (50 points):  Class participation is not the same as class attendance.  Students will earn participation points if they participate in class discussions.  Students should actively engage in discussion and share their thoughts and ides.  Students must participate each week to earn full points.
Quiz:  (25 points):  Quiz will consist of 20 questions giving at the beginning of the class week 6.
Weekly Articles (25 points, 5 points each):  Students will research an article related to Employment Law and bring in a summary to discuss during weeks 2, 3, 4, 5, 6


Final Exam 300 points
Mid term     200 points
Research Paper   200 points
Oral Presentation   200 points
Class Participation    50 points
Quiz                      25 points
Weekly Articles          25 points
Total Points that can be earned:  1,000
A   1,000 - 900
B    899 - 800
C    799 - 700
D    699 - 600
F     599 or less

The course grade for students will be based on the overall average of homework and tests taken during the course in accordance with the weighting of the various requirements as stated in the syllabus.

All final exams in all School of Business courses will be comprehensive and will be closed book and closed notes. They will constitute 30% of the total course grade and will not be a take-home exam. They will be completed during the test week in the period designated by the registrar or by the Proctor in the case online courses. If calculators are allowed, they will not be multifunctional electronic devices that include features such as: phones, cameras, instant messaging, pagers, and so forth. Electronic Computers will not be allowed on final exams unless an exception is made by the Dean of the School of Business.

Late Submission of Course Materials:
All assignments are due on the due dates.  Assignments that are submitted after the due date are late and will be assessed a late penalty.  Late assignments will be reduced by 10 % each day that the assignment is late.
Assignments that are submitted 3 days after due date will not be accepted unless there are extenuating circumstances, such as TDYs, illness, and family emergencies. 

Classroom Rules of Conduct:

Students are expected to be at class on time.  If students are unable to attend or will be late, please let the instructor know your status.
Students will leave their cell phones outside of the classrooms
Students will treat each other with respect and value fellow students' opinions.
Information provided in the classroom will not be used as legal advice but is informational only.

Course Topic/Dates/Assignments:

Week 1 - June 7
Readings:  Chapters 1 and 2
Select a topic for final paper
Week 2 - June 14
Readings:  Chapters 3 and 4
Turn in topic for final paper
Weekly Article Due
Week 3 - June 21
Readings:  5, 6, and 7
Weekly Article Due
Week 4 - June 28
Readings:  Chapters 8 and 9
Weekly Article Due
Mid-term Posted
Week 5 - July 6
Readings:  Chapters 10 and 11
Weekly Article Due
Mid-term Due
Week 6 - July 12
Readings:  Chapters 12 and 13
Weekly Article Due
Quiz Completed
Week 7 - July 19
Readings:  14 - 16
Written Due
Oral Presentations Due
Week 8 -July 26
Closed Book Final Exam

Academic Honesty:
Academic integrity is the foundation of the academic community. Because each student has the primary responsibility for being academically honest, students are advised to read and understand all sections of this policy relating to standards of conduct and academic life. Park University students and faculty members are encouraged to take advantage of the University resources available for learning about academic honesty ( or Park University 2012-2013 Undergraduate Catalog Page 97

Plagiarism involves the use of quotations without quotation marks, the use of quotations without indication of the source, the use of another's idea without acknowledging the source, the submission of a paper, laboratory report, project, or class assignment (any portion of such) prepared by another person, or incorrect paraphrasing. from Park University 2012-2013 Undergraduate Catalog Page 95

Attendance Policy:
Instructors are required to maintain attendance records and to report absences via the online attendance reporting system.

  1. The instructor may excuse absences for valid reasons, but missed work must be made up within the semester/term of enrollment.
  2. Work missed through unexcused absences must also be made up within the semester/term of enrollment, but unexcused absences may carry further penalties.
  3. In the event of two consecutive weeks of unexcused absences in a semester/term of enrollment, the student will be administratively withdrawn, resulting in a grade of "F".
  4. A "Contract for Incomplete" will not be issued to a student who has unexcused or excessive absences recorded for a course.
  5. Students receiving Military Tuition Assistance or Veterans Administration educational benefits must not exceed three unexcused absences in the semester/term of enrollment. Excessive absences will be reported to the appropriate agency and may result in a monetary penalty to the student.
  6. Report of a "F" grade (attendance or academic) resulting from excessive absence for those students who are receiving financial assistance from agencies not mentioned in item 5 above will be reported to the appropriate agency.

Park University 2012-2013 Undergraduate Catalog Page 98

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