Human Resource Management Law

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This course presents an intensive exploration of statutes and regulations governing non-discrimination and employment.  Emphasis will be placed on understanding and applying various regulatory requirements such as the National Labor Relations Act, the Social Security Act, the Fair Labor Standards Act, the Civil Rights Acts of 1866, 1871, 1964, and 1991, Executive Order 11246, Revised Order No. 4, Age Discrimination in Employment Act, Equal Pay Act, Pregnancy Discrimination Act, Immigration Reform, and Control Act, and other employment statutes.  Extensive examination of court decisions will be utilized.





  • Analyzing the evolution of human resource management law and hypothesizing relative to future developments.
  • Comparing and contrasting the various Civil Rights Acts and their relationships with each other.
  • Demonstrating knowledge of provisions of all federal statutes relative to the protection from discrimination of all protected classes and applying these provisions to specific situations.
  • Demonstrating knowledge of the various federal agencies such as the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, the Department of Labor, the Office of Federal Contract Compliance, etc. and their roles in enforcing and overseeing the various human resource management statutes.
  • Demonstrating knowledge of adverse impact, disparate treatment, the four-fifths rule, Affirmative Action Programs and other measures and remedies applied to protected classes.
  • Comparing and contrasting the forms of sexual harassment identified by the courts and analyzing the remedies suggested under the law.
  • Analyzing issues such as the glass ceiling and reverse discrimination and interpreting them in light of federal legislation and court decisions.
  • Demonstrating knowledge of the Uniform Guidelines on Employee Selection Procedures and applying the principles outlined to specific human resource management situations.
  • Analyzing various Supreme Court decisions on human resource management practices and their impact on employees and hypothesizing relative to future developments.
  • Demonstrating knowledge of bona fide occupational qualifications and their use as a defense in discrimination cases.
  • Demonstrating knowledge of Executive Orders and their impact on human resource management practices of federal contractors and subcontractors.
  • Demonstrating knowledge of disabilities covered by federal statutes and the requirements placed upon employers to accommodate disabilities.
  • Demonstrating knowledge of employment law torts, such as assault, battery, defamation, negligence, and intentional infliction of emotional distress, and their uses as a cause of action in human resource management lawsuits.
  • Demonstrating knowledge of federal legislation regulating labor-management relations, union organizing attempts, contract negotiation, and unfair labor practices.
  • Analyzing the provisions of the various federal statutes regulating wages, social security, retirement benefits, and health insurance coverage and their effect on employers.
  • Demonstrating knowledge of employee privacy rights in the workplace.
  • Demonstrating knowledge of the whistleblower protection, reference checking, and other federal and state employment regulations.
  • Understanding the difference between Employee and Labor Relations and the effects on organizations.  

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