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HRMT602 - Employment Law and Labor Relations

Course Details

Course Code: HRMT602 Course ID: 2686 Credit Hours: 3 Level: Graduate

This course is a conceptual and functional analysis of the legal framework and principles of employment law. Issues are addressed from a managerial perspective so that students have an opportunity to develop their business decision-making skills, (via employment law scenarios), as they relate to the evaluation of legal ramifications affecting a variety of workplace situations. Topics include the agency-employment relationship; discrimination under Civil Rights Act Title VII and other federal laws based on race/color, gender, age, national origin, religion, pregnancy, and sexual orientation; diversity, affirmative action, and bona fide occupational qualifications; employer negligence in hiring; criminal checks and credit screenings; physical fitness, ethics, and personality tests for employment purposes; vicarious liability, sexual harassment, and workplace violence; challenges with organized labor/unions under the National Labor Relations Act; working standards including pay, hours, age requirements, etc. set by the Fair Labor Standards Act and state equivalents; and challenges arising from the Family and Medical Leave Act.

Course Schedule

Registration Dates Course Dates Session Weeks
05/27/19 - 11/01/19 11/04/19 - 12/29/19 Fall 2019 Session I 8 Week session
06/24/19 - 11/29/19 12/02/19 - 01/26/20 Fall 2019 Session D 8 Week session
07/29/19 - 01/03/20 01/06/20 - 03/01/20 Winter 2020 Session B 8 Week session
08/26/19 - 01/31/20 02/03/20 - 03/29/20 Winter 2020 Session I 8 Week session
09/30/19 - 02/28/20 03/02/20 - 04/26/20 Winter 2020 Session D 8 Week session

Current Syllabi

After successfully completing this course, you will be able to:

  1. Distinguish and discuss key terms, concepts, and legal principles concerning the field of employment law.
  2. Develop and establish a good working knowledge of employment law.
  3. Analyze case studies and law to discuss potential applications and fallacies associated with the various case rulings and appeals concerning different issues associated with employment law.
  4. Recognize and differentiate various approaches to employment law as presented in various law case readings.
  5. Compare and contrast various managerial approaches to employment law.
  6. Defend or criticize the application of various labor relations principles.
  7. Brief an employment law case and explain the necessary points of employment law.
  8. Research and compile an analysis paper to demonstrate the adult learner’s ability to gather, analyze, and synthesize current legal research on a current employment law issue.
NameGrade %
Forums 40.00 %
Week 1 Forum 5.00 %
Week 2 Forum 5.00 %
Week 3 Forum 5.00 %
Week 4 Forum 5.00 %
Week 5 Forum 5.00 %
Week 6 Forum 5.00 %
Week 7 Forum 5.00 %
Week 8 Forum 5.00 %
Assignments 20.00 %
Week 7 Assignment: SCOTUS Brief 10.00 %
Week 3 Assignment: Article and Case Reviews 10.00 %
Exams 40.00 %
Final Exam 20.00 %
Midterm Exam 20.00 %

Websites: In addition to the required course texts, the following public domain websites are useful. Please abide by the university’s academic honesty policy when using Internet sources as well. Note website addresses are subject to change.

Site Name

Website URL/Address

Society for Human Resources Management

APA Style Writing


Managing Human Resources m/g/manage _humans.htm

Book Title:Various resources from the APUS Library & the Open Web are used. Links provided inside the classroom in the Lessons section.
Author: No Author Specified

Previous Syllabi

Not current for future courses.