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Administrative Unit: Business Administration Department
Course Prefix and Number: BUSI 530
Course Title: Employment Law
Number of:
Credit Hours 3
Lecture Hours 0
Lab Hours 0
Catalog Description:

Examination of state and federal employment laws. Discussions focus on how federal law sets the threshold for private sector employees and overrides most state and local employment laws. Emphasis placed on how both federal and state laws protect workers from discrimination in all aspects of employee recruitment, selection, placement and retention.

Text(s): Most current editions of the following:

Most recent edition of the text listed below or another textbook commonly used at the graduate level for this subject.

Employment Law
By Moran (Prentice-Hall)
Employment Law for Business
By Dawn D. Bennett-Alexander and Laura P. Hartman (McGraw-Hill)
Course Objectives
  • To analyze and interpret specific federal employment laws.
  • To evalute employment laws and their implications for employers.
  • To understand legal decisions that have relevance in the work place.
  • To develop critical thinking skills to analyze the legal implications of recruitment, selection and placement of employees.
Measurable Learning
  •  Explain the difference between an employee and an independent contractor and the primary tests used to make that determination.
  • Discuss what is prohibited by Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964.
  • Distinguish between disparate impact and disparate treatment discrimination claims, and how an employer can avoid liability under both types of claims.
  • Explain “hostile environment” sexual harassment and discuss the requirements for a plaintiff to make a case for sex discrimination based on sexual harassment.
  • Argue for or against the age threshold of 40 years as the basis for an age discrimination claim under the Age Discrimination in Employment Act (ADEA
  • Discuss what is considered a disability under the Americans With Disabilities Act (ADA)  and explain what rights disabled employees have under the ADA.
Topical Outline:
  • Legal aspects of employee recruitment, selection, placement and retention.
  • Legal environment for banning discrimination in employment practices
  • Legal context for employment regulations

Recommended maximum class size for this course: 15

Library Resources:

Online databases are available at the Columbia College Stafford Library.  You may access them using your CougarTrack login and password when prompted.

Prepared by: Tim Ireland Date: April 25, 2013
NOTE: The intention of this master course syllabus is to provide an outline of the contents of this course, as specified by the faculty of Columbia College, regardless of who teaches the course, when it is taught, or where it is taught. Faculty members teaching this course for Columbia College are expected to facilitate learning pursuant to the course objectives and cover the subjects listed in the topical outline. However, instructors are also encouraged to cover additional topics of interest so long as those topics are relevant to the course's subject. The master syllabus is, therefore, prescriptive in nature but also allows for a diversity of individual approaches to course material.

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