Employment Law

Course Info:

Course Introduction

This course explores the different legal ramifications of the employment relationship. Students examine what is an employment relationship and how one is formed, the tests used by courts to distinguish employees from independent contractors, the contractual, common law and statutory rules that govern the employee/employer relationship, the obligations owed to third parties, and the collective bargaining process. The legislative focus of this course is on the Employment Standards Act, the Ontario Human Rights Code, the Occupational Heath and Safety Act, the Workplace Safety and Insurance Act and labour relations legislation. This course also examines the agency relationship, which may arise within or outside of an employment relationship, and the obligations that arise between the parties.

Course Prerequisites

Introduction to the Legal System and Tort and Contract Law or equivalent knowledge and experience.

Course Notes

Students enrolled in this course receive text and/or other related resource materials. There are two assignments and three tests to evaluate student progress for this course. Participants who receive 70% or higher overall will receive a certificate.

Course Breakdown

Module 1: Introduction to Employment Law; Prohibited Grounds for Discrimination; Harassment and the Workplace

Module 2: Human Rights Code and Employment; Enforcement of the Code; Ending the Employment Relationship; What is Employment?

Module 3: Impact of Statutes and Common Law; Master and Servant Law; Employment Standards Act

Module 4: Health and Safety; Privacy and the Workplace; The Unionized Workplace

Module 5: Unions and Tribunals; Organization of Employees; Bargaining; Ontario Labour Relations Board; Workplace Safety and Insurance Board and Tribunal

  • Program: Legal Programs

  • Of interest to: Individuals interested in pursuing a career in a law firm, or legal office, and who wish to broaden their knowledge of employment law.

  • Course aim: To familiarize the student with employment law in Ontario.

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