SRJC Course Outlines

1/18/2021 5:54:35 PMHR 61 Course Outline as of Fall 2009

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CATALOG INFORMATION

Discipline and Nbr:  HR 61Title:  HR EMPLOYMENT LAW  
Full Title:  Human Resource Employment Law
Last Reviewed:4/27/2015

UnitsCourse Hours per Week Nbr of WeeksCourse Hours Total
Maximum1.50Lecture Scheduled1.5017.5 max.Lecture Scheduled26.25
Minimum1.50Lab Scheduled03 min.Lab Scheduled0
 Contact DHR0 Contact DHR0
 Contact Total1.50 Contact Total26.25
 
 Non-contact DHR0 Non-contact DHR Total0

 Total Out of Class Hours:  52.50Total Student Learning Hours: 78.75 

Title 5 Category:  AA Degree Applicable
Grading:  Grade or P/NP
Repeatability:  00 - Two Repeats if Grade was D, F, NC, or NP
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Catalog Description:
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Overview of application of California and Federal employment law. Interpretation of employment law in today's work environment through research and analysis of court decisions.  Topics include employment at will, legal investigations, discrimination, wage and hour regulations, ergonomics, substance abuse, workplace violence, terminations, and laws as they apply to employer size. Emphasis is on research, analysis, and prevention of litigation.

Prerequisites/Corequisites:


Recommended Preparation:
Eligibility for ENGL 100 or ESL 100

Limits on Enrollment:

Schedule of Classes Information
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Overview of application of California and Federal employment law. Interpretation of employment law in today's work environment through research and analysis of court decisions.  Topics include employment at will, legal investigations, discrimination, wage and hour regulations, ergonomics, substance abuse, workplace violence, terminations, and laws as they apply to employer size. Emphasis is on research, analysis, and prevention of litigation.
(Grade or P/NP)

Prerequisites:
Recommended:Eligibility for ENGL 100 or ESL 100
Limits on Enrollment:
Transfer Credit:CSU;
Repeatability:00 - Two Repeats if Grade was D, F, NC, or NP

ARTICULATION, MAJOR, and CERTIFICATION INFORMATION

Associate Degree:Effective:Inactive:
 Area:
 
CSU GE:Transfer Area Effective:Inactive:
 
IGETC:Transfer Area Effective:Inactive:
 
CSU Transfer:TransferableEffective:Fall 2009Inactive:
 
UC Transfer:Effective:Inactive:
 
C-ID:

Certificate/Major Applicable: Both Certificate and Major Applicable



COURSE CONTENT

Outcomes and Objectives:
Upon completion of the course, students will be able to:
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1. Define the major Federal and California employment laws and explain how they apply in various employment situations.
2. Analyze the impact of major court decisions on employment policies and procedures.
3. Develop employment policies that will help prevent legal violations and enhance compliance.
4. Identify and use relevant employment laws to resolve complex employee relations issues.

Topics and Scope
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I.      Today's Legal Environment
      A.      Laws by Employer Size
      B.      Resources Available to the Human Resources Professional
      C.      Prevention of Litigation
II.      Discrimination under Federal and State Laws
      A.      Federal Laws on Discrimination - American's with Disabilities Act (Title VII, ADA)
      B.      California Laws on Discrimination - Fair Employment and Housing Act (FEHA)
III      Harassment under Federal and State Laws
      A.      Court Decisions on Harassment
      B.      State Posting and Training Requirements
IV.      Procedures on How to Conduct a Lawful Investigation
      A.      Legal Implications Regarding Internal Investigations
      B.      Proper Investigatory Techniques
V.      California Ergonomics Law
VI.      Laws Governing Drugs and Alcohol at Work
      A.      Federal Regulations
      B.      State Regulations
      C.      Implications of Substance Abuse at Work
VII.      Legal Issues Related to Downsizing and Terminations
      A.      Worker Adjustment and Retraining Notification (WARN) and California WARN Acts
      B.      Best Practices in Conducting a Reduction in Staff
VIII.      Wrongful Termination and Employment at Will
      A.      Employment Contracts
      B.      Policy Implications
      C.      Wrongful Discharge Litigation Avoidance
IX.      Policies and Handbooks Designed to Prevent Litigation
      A.      Employee Handbook
      B.      Supervisory Personnel Policies      
X.      Control of Violence in the Workplace
      A.      Types of Employee Violence
      B.      Prevention of Violence
XI.      Review and Analysis of Important Court Decisions at the State and Federal Level

Assignments:
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1. Use the course materials and/or textbook to research and answer specific questions on employment laws.
2. Read a 15 page published court decision. Participate in a group analysis and presentation of the court case, with recommended preventive measures.
3. Write a 1000 word paper that reviews a current employment relations issue and proposes a preventive or corrective policy.
4. Participate in a group discussion and presentation that analyzes an employee relations case study and provides a practical solution.
5. One to three objective tests.

Methods of Evaluation/Basis of Grade.
Writing: Assessment tools that demonstrate writing skill and/or require students to select, organize and explain ideas in writing.Writing
30 - 35%
Write a 1000 word paper on a current employment relations issue
Problem solving: Assessment tools, other than exams, that demonstrate competence in computational or non-computational problem solving skills.Problem Solving
20 - 25%
Participate in a group analysis of a court decision
Skill Demonstrations: All skill-based and physical demonstrations used for assessment purposes including skill performance exams.Skill Demonstrations
30 - 45%
Oral presentation of answers to specific questions on employment laws Class presentation on case study analysis and solutions
Exams: All forms of formal testing, other than skill performance exams.Exams
5 - 15%
Multiple Choice/True False objective exam.
Other: Includes any assessment tools that do not logically fit into the above categories.Other Category
0 - 0%
None


Representative Textbooks and Materials:
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The New American Workplace by James O'Toole and Edward E. Lawler III., 2007
Instructor prepared materials.

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