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Main Campus · Richards College of Business · Management

Employment Law

  • Spring 2021
  • Section 01
  • 3 Credits
  • 01/09/2021 to 05/11/2021
  • Modified 01/08/2021


Development, current status, and implications of legislation court rulings, and government agencies' decisions in equal employment opportunity, employee protection, employment contracts, individual employment rights, income and retirement security, and international employment, as well as emerging issues in human resource management, as related to the effective management of human resources.


BUSA 2106 and Richards Col Upper Division RCUD

Contact Information

Dr. Tanya R. Thomas

Office Hours

  • By Appointment
  • Virtual with Google Meet

Meeting Times

  • Tuesday, Thursday, 2:00 PM to 3:15 PM, TBA

Please check BanWeb for classroom assignment prior to attending class. I will also post it on CourseDen as soon as it is available.


Employment Law for Business

  • Author: Dawn Bennett-Alexander and Laura P. Hartman
  • Publisher: McGraw Hill
  • Edition: 9th

McGraw Hill Connect

McGraw-Hill Connect is required for this class. Your subscription to Connect includes the eBook version of the textbook for this class so you do not need to purchase a paper textbook unless you prefer to have a physical book to read and study from. 



  1. Understand the role of law and the legal system in human resource management. (BBA 4)
  2. Obtain a basic understanding of the general principles of law relevant to managing human resources. (BBA 4)
  3. Describe individual and business rights and obligations in various employment
  4. Recognize, analyze, and evaluate situations having legal repercussions, applying the fundamental principles underlying employment law to specific fact situations. (BBA 6)
  5. Identify a potential legal issue in a given employment situation; apply laws and legal principles, as well as any other factors, to the situation; and create, organize, and effectively present in written and oral form a logical argument in support of a position. (BBA 1)
  6. Interpret, analyze, and evaluate common materials with legal implications, such as arbitration agreements, employment contracts, employment applications, employee handbooks, and covenants not to compete, and revise them to meet legal requirements and accomplish business objectives.
  7. Develop knowledge of various employment law resources and the ability to locate and use
  8. Explain the impact of ethical, economic, political, technological, cultural, and global considerations in situations having legal implications. (BBA 5)



Achievement of the Learning Objectives for this course will advance the student toward meeting the standards articulated in the Learning Outcomes for the B.B.A. Degree in Business Administration.


Grades will be assigned on the basis of points earned on examinations and homework, as follows:


Grade Category

No. of Graded Events

Possible Points per Graded Event

Total Possible Points for the Event





Homework Average




Total Possible Points: 500. Grades will be assigned on the basis of points earned as follows:

Points Earned

Letter Grade

448 - 500


398 - 447


348 - 397


298 - 347


< 298


Extra credit, if available at all, will be discretionary on the part of the professor, and opportunities will be to the class as a whole and not to individual students upon request. Work completed for another course cannot be used to meet the requirements of this course.



Examinations: 400 points

Four exams worth 100 points each will be given during the semester. All students are expected to take exams at the scheduled time on the scheduled date. The schedule for the exams is located in the Calendar in CourseDen, which you are required to subscribe to as part of your Orientation. Exams will be given online in CourseDen and will be open from Thursday 8:00 AM-11:59 PM Sunday

The professor will allow makeup exams only in cases where the student’s attendance is made impossible by circumstances beyond the student’s control and only when the professor is informed at the earliest possible time of the absence and provides appropriate documentation. Failure to comply with these requirements will result in a zero for that test grade.

Exams are multiple-choice and generally in a brief hypothetical (application-based) format similar to that used in the prerequisite course, Legal & Ethical Environment of Business. Exam questions may come from the video lectures, textbook, court cases, current events, or any other assigned topics.

Students are personally responsible for all material covered, distributed, and/or assigned in this course. No part of any exam may be copied, summarized, removed from the classroom, or retained after the exam period. Students may not leave the testing room during any in-class exam. Be sure to use the restroom before you begin. Any possession or use of a cell phone or other electronic device during an exam is strictly prohibited. Failure to abide by any of the foregoing policies will result in a grade of zero and a record of academic dishonesty placed in the student’s permanent university records. Each test will cover approximately 3-5 chapters of the textbook. The final exam is not comprehensive. Students are urged to take thorough notes from video lectures and are expected to read the textbook chapters in their entirety.

Homework Average: 100 points

Students will complete weekly homework assignments in McGraw-Hill Connect. The assignments consist of 15 multiple-choice questions that are taken from the textbook. The textbook is available in CourseDen through the McGraw-Hill Connect link as both a SmartBook (adaptive learning) and as a static eBook. The homework assignments are open book, open notes. You may use any course resources, but students must complete the work individually with no assistance from any third party. Students get one attempt per assignment. Students are allowed one “Check My Work” per question. There is no penalty for using “Check My Work.” The average score on the assignments will make up 100 possible homework points of the overall course grade. The professor has a strict no late work policy and strongly recommends working one week ahead on the homework assignments to ensure you never miss a deadline. Students who do not complete the assignment by the deadline will receive a zero.


COURSE CALENDAR: This is an estimated timeline for the course and is subject to amendment.

All course content will be available on Course Den for students who are unable to attend in person. The class roster will be split into a Tuesday group and a Thursday group for face-to-face classes to meet social distancing guidelines. All exams will be given online in CourseDen.

  • Weekly Connect assignments are due Sunday nights by 11:59 PM.
  • Exams will be open online in CourseDen from Thursday at 8:00 AM-Sunday at 11:59 PM.



Weekly Topic:

Assignment on CourseDen and Connect:

Jan. 9

First Day of Spring Semester

Read: Syllabus and Register for Connect

Jan. 11-Jan. 17

Online Orientation in CourseDen and The Regulation of Employment

CourseDen orientation Quiz & Chapter 1

Jan. 19-Jan. 24

Employment Law Toolkit

Chapter 2

Jan. 25-Jan. 31

Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964

Chapter 3

Feb. 1-Feb. 7

Legal Construction of the Employment Environment

Chapter 4

Feb. 4

Online: Exam No. 1 (Ch. 1-4)

Exam available Feb. 4-Feb. 7 online

Feb. 8-Feb. 14

Affirmative Action

Chapter 5

Feb. 15-Feb. 21

Race, and Color Discrimination

Chapter 6

Feb. 22-Feb. 28

National Origin Discrimination

Chapter 7

Mar. 1-Mar. 7

Gender Discrimination

Chapter 8

Mar. 4

Online: Exam No. 2 (Ch. 5-8)

Exam available Mar. 4-Mar. 7 online

Mar. 8-Mar. 14

Sexual Harassment

Chapter 9

Mar 15-Mar 21


Stay safe and have fun!

Mar. 22-Mar. 28

Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity Discrimination

Chapter 10

Mar. 29-Apr. 4

Religious Discrimination

Chapter 11

Apr. 5-Apr. 11

Age Discrimination

Chapter 12

Apr. 8

Online: Exam No. 3 (Ch. 9-12)

Exam available Apr. 8-11 online

Apr. 12-Apr. 18

Disability Discrimination

Chapter 13

Apr. 19-Apr.25

Right to Privacy and Management of Personal Information

Chapter 14

Apr. 26-May. 2

Labor Law

Chapter 15

Apr. 29

Online: Final Exam (Ch. 13 -15)

Exam available Apr. 29-May 2 online


College/School Policies

Wolf Pact

Having read the Honor Code for the University of West Georgia, I understand and accept my responsibility to uphold the values described therein and to conduct myself in a manner that will reflect the values of UWG and the Richards College of Business so as to respect the rights of all UWG community members. As a UWG student, I will represent myself truthfully and complete all academic assignments honestly and within the parameters set by my instructor.

I understand and accept that if I am found guilty of violations (through processes due me as a UWG student and outlined in the UWG Student Handbook), penalties will be imposed.

I also recognize that my responsibility includes a willingness to confront members of the UWG community if I feel there has been a violation of the Honor Code.  

Ultimately, I will conduct myself in a manner that promotes UWG as the best place to work, learn, and succeed for my generation, and those to come!

About the Richards College of Business

To become a globally recognized college of business preparing forward-thinking, responsible leaders.

We are in the business of transforming lives through education, engagement, and experiences.

Strategic Goals and Values

Student Success
Admit quality students and provide them with an education that is rich in experiences and engagement opportunities to prepare them to be effective and ethical professionals.

Academic Success
Recruit, retain and develop faculty and staff by providing sufficient resources to support dynamic and up-to-date bachelor and master-level curricula, to conduct research and other professional activities, and to support engagement with all stakeholders.

Operational Success
Recruit, retain and develop administrative management and staff personnel to manage, develop and support infrastructure and those activities that build internal and external partnerships while working in an ever-changing environment.

Ethical Values
The Richards College of Business community (administrators, faculty, staff, students, and business partners) share a commitment to the principles of honesty and integrity in interactions and undertakings, accountability for personal behavior, and respect for the rights, differences, and dignity of others. In addition, we strive to continuously improve our abilities to recognize unethical behavior and to make ethical and moral decisions.

Institutional Policies

Academic Support

Accessibility Services: Students with a documented disability may work with UWG Accessibility Services to receive essential services specific to their disability. All entitlements to accommodations are based on documentation and USG Board of Regents standards. If a student needs course adaptations or accommodations because of a disability or chronic illness, or if he/she needs to make special arrangements in case the building must be evacuated, the student should notify his/her instructor in writing and provide a copy of his/her Student Accommodations Report (SAR), which is available only from Accessibility Services. Faculty cannot offer accommodations without timely receipt of the SAR; further, no retroactive accommodations will be given. For more information, please contact Accessibility Services.

Center for Academic Success: The Center for Academic Success provides services, programs, and opportunities to help all undergraduate students succeed academically. For more information, contact them: 678-839-6280 or [email protected]

University Writing Center: The University Writing Center assists students with all areas of the writing process. For more information, contact them: 678-839-6513 or [email protected]

Online Courses

UWG takes students’ privacy concerns seriously: technology-enhanced and partially and fully online courses use sites and entities beyond UWG and students have the right to know the privacy policies of these entities. For more information on privacy and accessibility for the most commonly used sites, as well as technology requirements visit the UWG Online site.

Students enrolled in online courses can find answers to many of their questions in the Online/Off-Campus Student Guide.

If a student is experiencing distress and needs help, please see the resources available at the UWG Cares site. Online counseling is also available for online students.

Honor Code

At the University of West Georgia, we believe that academic and personal integrity are based upon honesty, trust, fairness, respect, and responsibility. Students at West Georgia assume responsibility for upholding the honor code. West Georgia students pledge to refrain from engaging in acts that do not maintain academic and personal integrity. These include, but are not limited to, plagiarism, cheating, fabrication, aid of academic dishonesty, lying, bribery or threats, and stealing. 

The University of West Georgia maintains and monitors a confidential Academic Dishonesty Tracking System. This database collects and reports patterns of repeated student violations across all the Colleges, the Ingram Library, and the School of Nursing. Each incidence of academic dishonesty is subject to review and consideration by the instructor, and is subject to a range of academic penalties including, but not limited to, failing the assignment and/or failing the course. Student conduct sanctions range from verbal warning to suspension or expulsion depending on the magnitude of the offense and/or number of offenses. The incident becomes part of the student’s conduct record at UWG.

Additionally, the student is responsible for safeguarding his/her computer account. The student’s account and network connection are for his/her individual use. A computer account is to be used only by the person to whom it has been issued. The student is responsible for all actions originating through his/her account or network connection. Students must not impersonate others or misrepresent or conceal their identities in electronic messages and actions. For more information on the University of West Georgia Honor Code, please see the Student Handbook.

UWG Email Policy

University of West Georgia students are provided a MyUWG e-mail account. The University considers this account to be an official means of communication between the University and the student. The purpose of the official use of the student e-mail account is to provide an effective means of communicating important university related information to UWG students in a timely manner. It is the student’s responsibility to check his or her email.

Credit Hour Policy

The University of West Georgia grants one semester hour of credit for work equivalent to a minimum of one hour (50 minutes) of in-class or other direct faculty instruction AND two hours of student work outside of class per week for approximately fifteen weeks. For each course, the course syllabus will document the amount of in-class (or other direct faculty instruction) and out-of-class work required to earn the credit hour(s) assigned to the course. Out-of-class work will include all forms of credit-bearing activity, including but not limited to assignments, readings, observations, and musical practice. Where available, the university grants academic credit for students who verify via competency-based testing, that they have accomplished the learning outcomes associated with a course that would normally meet the requirements outlined above (e.g. AP credit, CLEP, and departmental exams).

HB 280 (Campus Carry)

UWG follows University System of Georgia (USG) guidance:

You may also visit our website for help with USG Guidance:

Mental Health Support

If you or another student find that you are experiencing a mental health issue, free confidential services are available on campus in the Counseling Center. Students who have experienced sexual or domestic violence may receive confidential medical and advocacy services with the Patient Advocates in Health Services. To report a concern anonymously, please go to UWGcares.

ELL Resources

If you are a student having difficulty with English language skills, and / or U.S. culture is not your home culture, specialized resources are available to help you succeed. Please visit the E.L.L. resource page for more information.


Proctored Exams/Online Instruction: Students should be aware and plan ahead for the possibility of having to complete all courses and/or exams online or in a proctored environment. This means talking with your instructors about what minimum technical requirements (software and hardware) will be required should your class move online or a student's personal needs dictate. This also includes making plans for internet access at whatever location participation may occur.

Virtual or in-person proctored exams, if your instructor should require them, may result in an additional cost to the student. Please discuss these details with your instructor or see the information provided here.

Face Coverings: Effective July 15, 2020, University System of Georgia institutions, including the University of West Georgia, will require all faculty, staff, students, and visitors to wear an appropriate face covering while inside campus facilities/buildings where six feet social distancing may not always be possible. Face covering use will be in addition to and is not a substitute for social distancing.

Face coverings are not required in campus outdoor settings where social distancing requirements are met. Anyone not using a face covering when required will be asked to wear one or must leave the area.

Reasonable accommodations may be made for those who are unable to wear a face covering for documented health reasons.

Student FAQs: For more information about UWG COVID-19 guidance for students visit the Student FAQ webpage


Additional Items


Delivery of information and concepts will be primarily by way of lecture and CourseDen, with supplemental class discussions. The subject matter will be drawn primarily from the course textbook, Connect, and current legal issues in the news. Classroom time may also be scheduled for consideration of particular court opinions, documents, guest lectures, projects, group activities, individual presentations, exercises, and special events. Students must purchase a Connect subscription- this is MANDATORY for the course. This course is classified as a hybrid course, which means that technology will be used to deliver 50 percent or less of class sessions.  The subject matter will be drawn primarily from the text, but may also include outside sources, library resources, and current employment law issues in the news. There may also be consideration of particular court opinions and/or special events.


Communication between an individual student and professor will be primarily through UWG mail. E-mail correspondence will be between the student’s official UWG e-mail account and the professor’s UWG account ([email protected]). The professor has listed her cell phone number in the header of this syllabus. Students may text or call before 9 PM. Distribution of course materials, the syllabus, important announcements, grades, and messages to the entire class will be through CourseDen. Students are advised to check CourseDen daily during the week. The professor requires students to enable real-time notifications in CourseDen (either e-mail and/or text).

The Management Department believes in work-life balance for both faculty and students. Faculty will typically respond to student emails within 24 hours, usually sooner during business hours. Students should not expect a response during non-business hours, which includes nights, weekends, holidays, and school breaks. If you have not heard back from the professor within 24 hours during the workweek, assume your e-mail was not received and resend it.


  • The use of recording devices is not permitted in the classroom without prior approval.
  • Students are not allowed to have food or drink in the classroom. This is an RCOB policy.
  • Your professor is a licensed attorney but is prohibited from representing/providing legal advice to students. Please do not ask your professor for legal advice. 
  • Please read this syllabus carefully. Your professor is available to answer any questions you may have regarding the meaning of any part of this syllabus. Consequently, excuses for failure to fulfill course requirements based upon non-understanding or misunderstanding of this syllabus will not be heard.
  • The professor reserves the right to make appropriate amendments to this syllabus. With the exception of minor changes to the tentative course schedule, all such amendments will be announced sufficiently in advance of the effective date and will be published in CourseDen.
  • If you have a disability and wish to request an accommodation, please contact Accessibility Services in the Counseling & Career Development Center and follow their steps to apply.


This class is a hybrid, face-to-face course. Students are expected to attend class regularly on the assigned day and time. This course will be utilizing dual modality with a split roster in order to meet the social distancing requirements. Students will have the opportunity to self-select either the Tuesday or Thursday group, and students who do not indicate a preference will be assigned by the professor. 

If a student is compelled for any reason to be absent from class, the student should immediately convey the reason for the absence to the professor. Please notify the professor, and provide documentation where appropriate, if there are extenuating circumstances for an absence such as participation in university-sponsored activities, extended illness, family emergencies, etc. Students are responsible for all material presented in class, and for keeping up with all announcements on CourseDen,  and assignments in Connect. 

Attendance will be taken at the beginning of each class session. Students arriving late for class are marked absent unless prior notice has been given. “Late” is defined as any time after the scheduled start time for class. Students who leave during class without prior, excused notice to the professor may lose credit for that day’s class. Students are expected to be prepared for class and actively participate. Participation includes both quantity and quality components. Students may be called upon to discuss case law, recount knowledge of the subject matter, analyze a situation, or effectively present a point of view. Students who are obviously unprepared for class or are caught using electronic devices during class will be counted absent for the class session.

Students with one or fewer excused absences may receive an additional 5 points out of 500 available in the course on their final course grade. This amounts to 1 point on your final average. Students with any unexcused absences or more than one excused absence are not eligible for attendance points. Any student missing more than 3 class sessions may be dropped from the course per University policy. “Students who stop attending class may be administratively withdrawn (with or without academic penalty); A grade of W may be assigned when students fail to attend 10 percent of any class meetings prior to the midpoint of the term; a grade of WF will be assigned when students stop attending after the Withdraw with a W Deadline.”


Receiving or giving help on exams, homework, or papers, using unauthorized sources on exams or assignments, or violating any provision of this Syllabus will result in a zero on the exam or assignment, failure of this course, or dismissal from the University, as appropriate. For purposes of this this class, the statements in the Student Handbook and Honor Code and the Student Code of Conduct will apply, including but not limited to the following:

  1. No student shall give or receive, or otherwise furnish or procure assistance not authorized in the preparation of an essay, report, examination, or other assignment in an academic course or in the fulfillment of program or degree requirements such as standardized examinations.
  2. No student shall take, attempt to take, or otherwise obtain, gain access to, or alter in an unauthorized manner any material pertaining to the conduct of a class or to the completion of any program or degree requirement, including but not limited to tests, examinations, laboratory equipment, roll books, academic records, or electronically stored data.
  3. Plagiarism is prohibited. Themes, essays, term papers, tests, and other similar requirements must be the work of the student submitting them. Direct quotations must be indicated and ideas of another must be appropriately acknowledged.

UWG now utilizes an academic dishonesty database, and instances of academic dishonesty become part of the student’s permanent file. This may affect graduate school admissions and future employment. Do not chance it. Seek help from the professor if you need assistance.


Any student who engages in disorderly conduct as defined in Section 4.00 of the UWG Code of Conduct or who engages in disruptive or disrespectful behavior during any meeting of this course is subject to disenrollment from this course with a grade of “F.” Disruptive and disrespectful behavior includes, but is not limited to, inattentiveness, disrespectful or threatening words or actions toward classmates or the professor, moving about the classroom during class (including entering and exiting the classroom), cursing or yelling at others, sleeping in class, using electronic devices in class, and the like. Students will treat each other and the professor with the utmost respect and professionalism at all times. The professor is available after class and during office hours to hear any concerns you may have concerning the class.


Richards College of Business community members are committed to honesty and integrity in interactions and undertakings, respect for rights, differences, and dignity of others, and accountability for personal behavior. The Richards College of Business has implemented the Wolf Pact to emphasize our shared commitment to academic honesty, ethics, and integrity in our dealings with one another. By choosing to remain in this course, you agree to abide by the terms of the Wolf Pact.