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Employment Law

Course Code: BLAW 3750
Faculty: Commerce & Business Administration
Department: Business Law
Credits: 3.0
Semester: 15 Weeks
Learning Format: Lecture, Seminar
Typically Offered: TBD. Contact Department Chair for more info.
course overview

This course will provide students with a review of statutory and common law sources of employment law, with a particular emphasis on the scope of employee protections available under employment standards and human rights legislation. Students will also gain a strong understanding of the extent of employee and employer rights and potential liabilities where the employment relationship is terminated (whether by the employee or the employer). Students who have already received credit for BUSN 3750 will not get further credit for this course.

Course Content

  1. Introduction to Employment Law
    1. constitutional jurisdiction over employment law
    2. applicability and relevance of the Charter of Rights and Freedoms
    3. common law and statutory sources of employment law
    4. employment relationships as compared with that of independent contractors and agents
    5. common law contract concepts, including consideration, unconscionability, obsolescence, ambiguity and contra proferentum, as well as restrictive covenants
  2. Human Rights
    1. British Columbia Human Rights Code
    2. prohibited grounds of discrimination
    3. human rights concerns in the context of job postings and evaluation of candidates for employment
    4. duty to accommodate, and notion of bona fide occupational requirements
    5. employment equity
  3. Employment Standards
    1. applicability of British Columbia Employment Standards Act
    2. statutory minimum standards
    3. statutory termination notice
    4. complaints process under the Employment Standards Act
  4. Occupational Health and Safety, and Worker’s Compensation
    1. claims process under British Columbia Worker’s Compensation Act
    2. rights and responsibilities of employers and employees (including supervisors) under the Occupational Health and Safety Regulation, including the rights of employees to be made aware of workplace hazards and to refuse to perform unsafe work
    3. availability and scope of the defence of due diligence with respect to contraventions of the Occupational Health and Safety Regulation
  5. Privacy
    1. applicability of British Columbia Freedom of Information and Protection of Privacy Act and Personal Information Protection Act
    2. obligations owed by employers to employees regarding the collection, use, and disclosure of employee personal information
  6. Termination of Employment Relationship
    1. wrongful resignation
    2. progressive discipline
    3. condonation
    4. grounds for just cause for dismissal
    5. wrongful dismissal, including calculation of damages
    6. constructive dismissal
    7. duty of mitigation

Methods of Instruction

Lectures, seminars, videos, analysis of legal issues, discussion of legal cases, case assignments, and/or group activities.

Means of Assessment

Term Examinations (2)   30-50%*
Assignments  10-25%
Class participation and/or assignments and/or quizzes 0-10%
Final Examination 25-35%

*No examination may be worth more than 40%



Learning Outcomes

 The successful student will be able to:

  • summarize the differences and similarities between employment relationships, independent contractor relationships, and agency relationships;
  • recognize basic common law principles applicable to employment law;
  • identify fundamental human rights concepts that commonly arise in the employment context;
  • describe fundamental employee rights and protections provided under the Employment Standards Act and applicable privacy legislation;
  • explain employee and employer rights and obligations under the Occupational Health and Safety Regulation, as well as the claims process under the Worker’s Compensation Act; and
  • demonstrate a strong understanding of employer and employee rights and potential liabilities (including appreciation of damages concepts) in the context of termination of the employment relationship.

curriculum guidelines

Course Guidelines for previous years are viewable by selecting the version desired. If you took this course and do not see a listing for the starting semester/year of the course, consider the previous version as the applicable version.

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course transferability

Below shows how this course and its credits transfer within the BC transfer system. 

A course is considered university-transferable (UT) if it transfers to at least one of the five research universities in British Columbia: University of British Columbia; University of British Columbia-Okanagan; Simon Fraser University; University of Victoria; and the University of Northern British Columbia.

For more information on transfer visit the BC Transfer Guide and BCCAT websites.


If your course prerequisites indicate that you need an assessment, please see our Assessment page for more information.