Human Resource Management (HRMT) 322

Employment Law (Revision 5)

HRMT 322

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Delivery Mode: Individualized study online

Credits: 3

Area of Study: Applied Studies
(Business and Administrative Studies)

Prerequisite: None

Faculty: Faculty of Business

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HRMT 322 has a Challenge for Credit option.

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**Note: Students registering in grouped study mode are advised that there may be some differences in the evaluation and course materials information indicated below. To obtain the most up-to-date information, contact the Faculty of Business Student Support Centre at 1-800-468-6531.


HRMT 322 introduces students to Canadian individual employment law. It explores the rules that govern the relations between employers and employees, primarily in non-unionized workplaces. This course includes such subject areas as identifying a contract of employment, creation and modification of the employment relationship, the common law obligations of employee and employer, the employer's statutory obligations to its employees, human rights legislation in the workplace, and the termination of employment. This course concentrates on individual employment law. It generally excludes the law dealing with the processes of negotiating and enforcing terms and conditions of employment in situations where a union is involved and a collective agreement is entered into between the employer and the union, on behalf of its members. By examining the twin pillars of the employment law—the common law and statutory legislation—we will attempt to fill an important knowledge gap for people involved in any aspect of management or labour relations.


  • Unit 1: Introduction to Employment Law in Canada
  • Unit 2: Creation of the Employment Relationship
  • Unit 3: Common Law Issues During the Course of Employment
  • Unit 4: Statutory Law Issues During the Course of Employment
  • Unit 5: Human Rights Issues During the Course of Employment
  • Unit 6: Termination of Employment
  • Unit 7: Employment Law and the Future of Work


To receive credit for HRMT 322: Employment Law, you must complete and submit four assignments, achieve a grade of at least 50% on the Final Examination, and achieve an overall course grade of at least 50%.

If your Final Examination grade is below the minimum passing grade, you will not receive credit for this course, even if your overall course grade is higher than "D" (50%).

Assignment 1 20%
Assignment 2 10%
Assignment 3 10%
Assignment 4 25%
Final Examination 35%
Total 100%

To learn more about assignments and examinations, please refer to Athabasca University's online Calendar.

The final examination for this course must be taken online with an AU-approved exam invigilator at an approved invigilation centre. It is your responsibility to ensure your chosen invigilation centre can accommodate online exams. For a list of invigilators who can accommodate online exams, visit the Exam Invigilation Network.

Course Materials


McKay, G., Gaetz, B., Filsinger, K.J., Harris, T., & Williams-Whitt, K. (2012), Employment Law for Business and Human Resources Professionals: Alberta and British Columbia, 2nd edition. Toronto: Emond Montgomery Publications Limited. ISPBN 978-1-55239-476-2

Digital Reading Room

Many of the articles, statutes, and court cases you are required to read are available online, and you can access them in one central location: the Athabasca University Library Digital Reading Room. You can access the DRR at any time by clicking the DRR link in the left-hand column of your course.

Challenge for Credit Course Overview

The Challenge for Credit process allows students to demonstrate that they have acquired a command of the general subject matter, knowledge, intellectual and/or other skills that would normally be found in a university level course.

Full information for the Challenge for Credit can be found in the Undergraduate Calendar.

Challenge Evaluation

To receive credit for the HRMT 322 challenge registration, you must achieve a grade of at least “D” (50 percent) on the examination.

Online Exam

Undergraduate Challenge for Credit Course Registration Form

Athabasca University reserves the right to amend course outlines occasionally and without notice. Courses offered by other delivery methods may vary from their individualized-study counterparts.

Opened in Revision 5, September 9, 2014.

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