MNGT 276 - Employment Law

NOTE:  The following is a summary of the course requirements.  The actual class syllabus and all course material will be facilitated via your CANVAS LMS
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Welcome to Employment Law: Human Resource Legal Issues
MNGT 276 (5 Credits)

Meet your instructor by clicking here: Shawn T. Newman, J.D.


Contact me: All course communications will be through the course "Inbox" at left. I typically respond within 48 hours.

Course Description: Overview of major common employment-related laws, workplace legal issues, statutory and regulatory concepts governing the employment relationship, and development of skills supporting legal actions pertaining to that relationship. It is a course requirement for the Human Resources Certificate

Course Learning Objectives: These are designed to align with course material, activities and assessments (discussions and essay exams).

1. Using common law concepts, please explain:
  • a. under what circumstances employment relationships begin
  • b. the torts most often accompanying those relationships, and
  • c. how those relationships typically terminate under both tort and contract law.
2. Identify the major federal and state administrative agencies regulating employment, delineating:
  • a. their authority to regulate employment,
  • b. the processes they use in performing those regulatory functions, and
  • c. the offices and officials within those agencies who interact with outside entities in order to resolve employment-related matters.

3. Review major federal and state statutes of conditions of employment, together with related regulations, as applied by the courts regarding:

  • a. discrimination based on a variety of cultural traits, such as gender, age, race, religion, national origin, and ability, and including sexual harassment and affirmative action
  • b. safety, including payment to workers for job-related injuries, and
  • c. compensation and public policy issues, such as overtime and child labor.
4. Analyze significant federal and state statutes, together with related regulations, as applied by the courts to the establishment and administration of retirement trusts.

5. Examine major federal and state statutes, together with related regulations, as applied by the courts to the labor - management relationship, including the establishment and operation of unions and the negotiation and administration of collectively bargained agreements.

6. Demonstrate, relative to initiating, maintaining, and defending against legal actions pertaining to employment matters, the ability to:
  • a. gather and organize relevant, reliable information, and
  • b. prepare the forms typically required.
Resources & Materials:

Book (required): The Employer's Legal Handbook, Fred S. Steingold, Nolo 13th Ed. 2017 [ISBN 978-1-4133-2399-3 (paperback); ISBN 978-1-4133-2400-6 (epub ebook) Click here for book updates.

Open Educational Resources (OER): This course also uses free OER, including links to statues, readings and videos.

Instructor Generated Resources (optional but helpful): Subject Matter Index and You Tube Channel

Assessment: 500 points total. All assignments (discussions and essay exams) are published and available approximately one week before the due dates but must be turned in by the stated deadlines. Do not wait for me to contact you! Online classes are very time-consuming. Success requires hard work and time management. Plan now to log into the class on a regular basis, participate in class discussions, respond to email and submit all materials on time. Your "To Do List" should include:

Completing the initial class survey during the first week of class.

Dates for the 4 Exams (Essay) @ 100 points/each
Dates for the 10 Discussions posts @ 10 points/each:
Follow these netiquette tips for online discussions and email. (2 points)
Submit at least 5 sentences using proper legal terms. (2 points)
Spelling, grammar and punctuation  count! (2 points)

Connect your comments on the post topic to course content, properly citing book, readings, videos or any other credible sources(2 points)

Respond to at least one other student comment. (2 points). NOTE: Check back as I may chime in and will expect you to respond.


Grades are based on the College's Grading System and Academic Standards. I provide individualized feedback on assignments typically within 4 days. You can track your grade via the "Grades" link at left.

I do not give extensions, re-dos, mulligans, extra credit or incompletes absent extraordinary circumstances. They are not automatic and must be requested and approved by me in advance.

Academic dishonesty (cheating, plagiarism and fabrication) and other dishonesty are prohibited by law (Links to an external site.)Links to an external site. and will result in no credit. WAC 132K-135-090 (1). Plagiarism software may be in use during your course. http://www.pierce.ctc.edu/library-plagiarism  Avoid problems by doing your own work and citing your sources. You will find information on how to cite your sources to avoid plagiarism athttp://www.pierce.ctc.edu/library-sources

Tech and Learner Support: You must have a campus email address and know how to submit documents via Canvas. Go here  for eLearning help. Access and Disability Services (ADS) provides academic adjustments and/or auxiliary aids or services to qualified students with disabilities. Please contact an ADS Office to request any disability related assistance with any college process. Access and Disability Services (ADS) @ JBLM: (253) 840-8335, pyads@pierce.ctc.edu

Teaching Philosophy: My job is to help you develop legal knowledge and skills that will help you succeed in your life and career. It is your responsibility to be prepared and to complete all assignments on time. I have listed course activities for each week, including weekly module objectives and a "to do" list. These include: reading assignments, viewing subject-matter videos, articles, group discussions and exams. Please note that I reserve the option to update modules and modify the schedule and content.


Access and Disability Services (ADS)

FS: (253) 964-6468, fsads@pierce.ctc.edu
PY: (253) 840-8335, pyads@pierce.ctc.edu
JBLM: (253) 840-8335, pyads@pierce.ctc.edu

Access and Disability Services (ADS) provides academic adjustments and/or auxiliary aids or services to qualified students with disabilities. Please contact an ADS Office to request any disability related assistance with any college process.

Newman Note: "I sincerely hope you find this course interesting, informative and useful. If you have a particular topics of interest or question, feel free to email me using the Canvas messaging tab. I have listed reading assignments, exams and resources for each week below. Please note that I reserve the option to modify the schedule to accommodate challenges."  

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Updated: 12/27/2017