One-third of your life is spent at work. You owe it to yourself to understand it.

Whether you're an employee or an employer, understanding workplace law is crucial. Learn about a dynamic force at play in all of our lives – for many, the key factor for health, happiness, security and wellbeing.

For most Canadians, the laws that govern work relations are a critical determinant of income, satisfaction, fairness, safety, and ultimately, fulfillment.

Learn about the various legal regimes that regulate work relations: the common law regime; the regulatory regime which includes employment standards, health and safety rules, and human rights; and the collective bargaining regime that applies to unionized workplaces.

Get to know one of the fastest-evolving and active areas in law: change is the only constant as workplaces are affected by economic, historical, political and global forces.

You will finish this course with an understanding of the legal and social issues at play in the laws that apply to work.

Workplace Law was an area of law I did not think I would be interested in. However, it has been one of my favourite areas to learn about! While it was a challenging course, I took away valuable information about what rights I have as an employee and ways to navigate through workplace disputes. Taking away knowledge that I can apply to my life has been very useful and rewarding.
Amanda Scorda

Course Learning Outcomes (CLO)

By the end of this course, students should be able to:

  • CLO 1: Describe the historical, economic, and political context of workplace regulation in Canada.
  • CLO 2: Describe the overlapping regulatory systems applying to the workplace.
  • CLO 3: Apply basic legal reasoning within the context of workplace regulation.
  • CLO 4: Extract relevant legal issues from specific situations within Canadian workplaces.
  • CLO 5: Argue a legal position resulting from a workplace issue.
  • CLO 6: Describe the impact of global changes on workplace regulation and prospects for reform.

Assessment Weighting

ASSESSMENT TOOL WEIGHT
Quizzes 5%
Individual Assignments 40%
Group Assignments 30%
Final Exam 25%

Course Materials 

Required Textbook from the Queen's Campus Bookstore:

The Law of Work: Complete Edition (Toronto: Emond, 2017), David J. Doorey