This course is a part of the program leading to:
Master of Science in Legal Studies
Master of Science in Compliance Law
Master of Science in Taxation
This course comprehensively and critically explores the types of employment relationships found in the workplace. The employer’s obligations as well as the employee’s responsibility to the employer are reviewed. We will also discuss the processes of selection and evaluation of employees and their rights. We will also discuss the various types of discrimination that are prohibited and regulated, including discrimination based on race, sexual orientation, pregnancy, religion and national origin, age and disability. Occupational Safety and Health (OSHA) standards, wage and hours standards and worker’s compensation are also studied. The course concludes with lessons on setting up and maintaining corporate compliance programs and how they relate to employee conduct. We will discuss how the organizational structure relates to compliance programs and the roles of training, communication, reporting, policy-making and monitoring in ensuring corporate compliance.
At the end of this course, the student will be able to:
- Apply legal concepts and policy considerations embedded in the employment relationship.
- Contrast privacy rights of the employee with the employer’s right to ensure security as well as the doctrine of whistle-blowing and the protections of the Sarbanes-Oxley Act.
- Evaluate and assist with the crafting of corporate policies in areas relevant to employee disciplines and termination.
- Apply relevant statutory and regulatory rules to avoid illegal discrimination based on race, sex, pregnancy, sexual orientation, religion, national origin, age, disability, immigration and veterans’ status.
- Recognize and enable the employer to avoid incidents involving wage and hour law violations (Fair Labor Standards Act).
- Identify policy issues, federal standards, possible defenses, and the potential for employee injuries surrounding OSHA issues in the workplace.
- Assist in crafting a corporate compliance program that establishes standards and procedures to prevent and detect criminal conduct.
- Assist in providing corporate compliance training and education.
- Administer corporate compliance programs including communication, reporting, auditing and monitoring for compliance.