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HR 357 Employment Law
Taylor, Cathy L.


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Course

HR 357 Employment Law

Semester

S1T 2013 DL

Faculty

Taylor, Cathy L.

Title

Assistant Professor of Management

Degrees/Certificates

JD, UGA, Athens, GA; AB, Wesleyan College, Macon, GA

Office Location

Online; Georgia

Office Hours

12-2 M, W, F, Eastern Time Zone

Daytime Phone

229-232-5233

E-Mail

cathy.taylor@park.edu

Semester Dates

S1T 2013 (Jan 14-March 10)

Class Days

TBA

Prerequisites

MG 260, HR 353

Credit Hours

3


Textbook:

Title: Employment Law for Business, 7/e, 2012
Authors: Dawn D. Bennett-Alexander, University of Georgia
Laura P. Hartman, DePaul University
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 facilitator’s educational philosophy is one of interactiveness via the internet based on lectures, readings, quizzes, written asyncronous discussion (dialogue), lessons learned, a proctored final examination, websites, and case studies. The facilitator will engage learners each week in what is referred to as disputatious learning to encourage the exploration of ideas, issues and contradictions.

Class Assessment:
Weekly asyncronous written discussion with peer reviews, case studies, lessons learned, and testing

Grading:
My goal is to give you prompt, clear, and useful feedback to help you learn about employment law. Each student is responsible for:

 
    • Completing Weekly Reading Assignments.
    • Participating in weekly on-line conference discussion topics.
    • Completing case study assignments.
    • Completing Quizzes 1 and 2.
    • Completing lessons learned assignments.
    • Completing a course evaluation in Week Eight of this class.
    • Locating a suitable Proctor with e-mail capabilities and completing a Proctored Final Examination.

Please note when assignments are due.

Assignments

% of
Grade

Week Due

Discussion (200 pts, 25 points per week)

20%

Continually

Case Studies (150 pts, 75 points each)

15%

Weeks 2 & 6

Quizzes 1 and 2 (200 pts, 100 pts each)

20% 

Weeks  3 & 5

Lessons Learned (150 pts, 50 points each)

15%

Weeks  1, 4, & 7

Proctored Final Examination** (300 pts)

30%

Week 8

Total 100%  (1000 pts)

100%

**Note: The final exam is the core assessment. It will not be conducted as a take-home exam and is a comprehensive, closed-book and closed-note exam.

Please read the Grading Rubric for each assignment located in the virtual classroom under the Course Home tab.

  • Proctored final examination
    • A final proctored examination will be taken in a proctored testing environment during the 8th week at one of the Park University sites around the country or at an alternative location. For proctored examinations, photo identification is required at the time of the test. Guidelines for selecting an acceptable proctor can be found on the Park University Website.
    • Other Information on proctored exams:
      • It will be the responsibility of the student to arrange for a proctor, by the 6th week of the term, who is accepted and approved by the course instructor.
      • Approval of proctors is the discretion of the Online instructor.
      • A proctor request form will be made available to you during the first week of class so that you can send your requested proctor to your instructor for approval.
      • Failure to take a final proctored exam (or submit your final project for some online graduate courses) will result in an automatic "F" grade.

Course Grading Scale

100-90%           1000-900 points        = A

89-80%             899-800 points          = B

79-70%             799-700 points          = C

69-60%             699-600 points          = D

59% or less      599 points or less      = F

Total possible points: 1000

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:
Quizzes: You must contact me to open the quizzes for you if you are late as it will close at midnight in the Central Time Zone. What is late? One minute past the deadline is late. For Quiz 1, 12:01 in the Central Time Zone on Sunday night of week 3 is considered too late to take the quiz. For Quiz 2, 12:01 in the Central Time Zone on Sunday night of week 5 is considered too late to take the quiz. You can only take quizzes late with my permission. Without an excuse that I approve of (hospitalization, for example), you will receive no higher than a C if you take it 1 day late and no higher than 50% if you take it 2 days late. You cannot take Quiz 1 late after Tuesday of Week 4 unless you have an excuse. You cannot take Quiz 2 late after Tuesday of Week 6 unless you have an excuse.

Final Exam: You can’t take the Final Exam late without instructor permission. I rarely give permission to take it late. However, hospitalization or deployment to Iraq during exam week are excellent reasons to take the final late. Taking the final late could result in a grade of incomplete for the class. IF YOU DO NOT TAKE THE FINAL, YOU FAIL THE COURSE according to Park policy even if you have a D going into the final.

Discussion, Lessons Learned, and Case Studies: If work is due at midnight, then 12:01 is late. After 12:00, late work will receive no higher than a C. I will grade it Monday morning. After I grade it, no late work will be graded.  (Extensions are available for very extenuating circumstances. (If you are hospitalized or are deploying to Iraq and will not be near a computer for the entire week).

Classroom Rules of Conduct:

  1. Students are expected to complete 5 hours per week of conferencing or other appropriate online activities, including sending/receiving E-mail and navigating and conducting research overthe World Wide Web.
  2. Students should keep copies of all coursework submitted as an electronic file (E-mail) until the end of the term.
  3. Please post questions that others might have in the Office. If you have a question that is personal in nature, you are welcome to email me anytime. That's what I'm here for. I will get back to you in 24-48 hours.
  4. Any information I provide in this class is for educational use onlyand is not intended to be legal advice. It does not create an attorney-client relationship. Also, you should not rely on anything you read on the Internet (including anything from this class) as a substitute for sound legal advice.  You should go to an attorney in your state when you have legal problems. I would not even rely on the text due to the dynamic nature of employment law. The law can change daily with new statutes or judicial decisions.  Only an attorney licensed in your state would be able to give you the most up-to-date advice.
  5. Students are responsible for clicking on the link below and thoroughly reading each Online course policy. If you have questions about any of these policies, please contact your instructor for clarification.Online CoursePolicies

Course Topic/Dates/Assignments:

Week 1: Introduction to Employment Regulation

  • Readings: Study Chapters 1 and 2.
  • Lessons Learned: Submitted by Sunday.
  • Discussion: Response to discussion question submitted by Thursday; Peer review due Sunday. 
  • Locate a Proctor for your Proctored Final Examination. Each student will take the Proctored Final Examination from an approved proctor who will send the exam back to the instructor via e-mail or fax. See above "Grading Policy" for more information about the proctored final examination.

Week 2: The Employment Environment

  • Readings: Study Chapters 3 & 4
  • Case Study: Submitted by Sunday.
  • Discussion: Response to discussion question submitted by Thursday; Peer review due Sunday.
  • Locate a Proctor for your Proctored Final Examination.

Week 3: Employment Discrimination: Race, Color, and National Origin

  • Readings: Study Chapters 5, 6, & 7.
  • Quiz #1 over Chapters 1-7: Quiz #1 will be this week. See the grading rubric for more information.
  • Discussion: Response to discussion question submitted by Thursday; Peer review due Sunday. 

Week 4: Gender Discrimination and Sexual Harassment

  • Readings: Study Chapters 8 & 9.
  • Lessons Learned:  Submitted by Sunday.
  • Discussion: Response to discussion question submitted by Thursday; Peer review due Sunday.

Week 5: Affinity Orientation and Religious Discrimination

  • Readings: Study Chapters 10 & 11
  • Quiz #2 over Chapters 8-11: Quiz #2 will be this week. See the grading rubric for more information.
  • Discussion: Response to discussion question submitted by Thursday; Peer review due Sunday.

Week 6: Age and Disability Discrimination

  • Readings: Chapters 12 & 13
  • Case Study: Submitted by Sunday.
  • Discussion: Response to discussion question submitted by Thursday; Peer review due Sunday.

Week 7: Employee Rights

·Readings: Chapters 14-16.

  • Lessons Learned: Submitted by Sunday.
  • Discussion: Response to discussion question submitted by Thursday; Peer review due Sunday.

Week 8: Review and Proctored Final Examination

  • Readings: Study already assigned chapters. Review lectures.
  • Discussion: Ethical issues in employment law will be discussed.  Response to discussion question submitted by Thursday; No peer review requirement.
  • Proctored Final Examination:  Each student will take the Proctored Final Examination by Saturday of Week 8 from an approved proctor who will send the exam back to the instructor via e-mail or fax. Remember that photo identification is required for a proctored examination.

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 (www.park.edu/current or http://www.park.edu/faculty/).from Park University 2011-2012 Undergraduate Catalog Page 95-96
Students are required to do their own work in this course.  Anyone who cheats in any way (including dividing the work with others and submitting their work as your own) will receive an F in the course and be reported to the Academic Director.

Plagiarism:
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 2011-2012 Undergraduate Catalog Page 95
Students are required to do their own work in this course. Students who plagiarize will receive a 0 on the assignment for a first offense and will be reported to the Academic Director.  Additional offenses will result in an F in the class.

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.
ONLINE NOTE: Students must participate in an academically related activity on a weekly basis in order to be marked present in an online class. Examples of academically-related activities include but are not limited to: contributing to an online discussion, completing a quiz or exam, completing an assignment, initiating contact with a faculty member to ask a course related question, or using any of the learning management system tools.

Park University 2011-2012 Undergraduate Catalog Page 98
ONLINE NOTE: Students must participate in an academically related activity on a weekly basis in order to be marked present in an online class. Examples of academically-related activities include but are not limited to: contributing to an online discussion, completing a quiz or exam, completing an assignment, initiating contact with a faculty member to ask a course related question, or using any of the learning management system tools.

Disability Guidelines:
Park University is committed to meeting the needs of all students that meet the criteria for special assistance. These guidelines are designed to supply directions to students concerning the information necessary to accomplish this goal. It is Park University's policy to comply fully with federal and state law, including Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 and the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990, regarding students with disabilities. In the case of any inconsistency between these guidelines and federal and/or state law, the provisions of the law will apply. Additional information concerning Park University's policies and procedures related to disability can be found on the Park University web page: http://www.park.edu/disability .

Additional Information:

Please note:  The grading rubrics for this course will be posted in the online course when the course is available to students and are incorporated into the syllabus. You can access them by clicking on "Grading Rubrics" under Course Home. PLEASE read them before class starts.



The core learning outcomes will also be posted in our online course class under Course Home.  Go to Course Home, then click on Course Overview to view them.

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Last Updated:12/10/2012 10:55:19 AM