Human Resource Management Law

I.     Course Prefix/Number: MGT 268

       Course Name: Human Resource Management Law

       Credits: 3 (3 lecture; 0 lab)

II.    Prerequisite

MGT 165 Human Resources Management or consent of instructor

III.   Course (Catalog) Description

Course investigates federal and state legislative, judicial and administrative regulations of the employer/employee relationship in the private sector. Content includes equal employment opportunity, affirmative action, wage-hour law, labor law, employee pension benefits, workers' compensation, unemployment compensation Recommended: MGT 165.

IV.   Learning Objectives

Students will be able to:

  1. Recognize new human resource law for the public sector.
  2. Apply law theory and practices on practical employment problems.
  3. Support the regulatory process applicable to human recourse employment.
  4. Practice appropriate legal research methods and demonstrate analytical writing.

V.    Academic Integrity and Student Conduct

Students and employees at Oakton Community College are required to demonstrate academic integrity and follow Oakton's Code of Academic Conduct. This code prohibits:

• cheating,
• plagiarism (turning in work not written by you, or lacking proper citation),
• falsification and fabrication (lying or distorting the truth),
• helping others to cheat,
• unauthorized changes on official documents,
• pretending to be someone else or having someone else pretend to be you,
• making or accepting bribes, special favors, or threats, and
• any other behavior that violates academic integrity.

There are serious consequences to violations of the academic integrity policy. Oakton's policies and procedures provide students a fair hearing if a complaint is made against you. If you are found to have violated the policy, the minimum penalty is failure on the assignment and, a disciplinary record will be established and kept on file in the office of the Vice President for Student Affairs for a period of 3 years.

Please review the Code of Academic Conduct and the Code of Student Conduct, both located online at

VI.   Sequence of Topics

  1. Introduction to Course and Overview of Laws
  2. Hiring Process
  3. Terms and Conditions of Employment
  4. Ending the Employment Relationship and Retirement
  5. Unions in the Workplace
  6. Government Employment and Enforcing workplace rights

VII.  Methods of Instruction

Lecture, small group discussion, legal research, HRM law on the Internet.

Course may be taught as face-to-face, hybrid or online course.

VIII. Course Practices Required

Reading, writing, legal research, internet skills, critical thinking, case study analysis, oral presentation.

Course may be taught as face-to-face, hybrid or online course.

IX.   Instructional Materials

Note: Current textbook information for each course and section is available on Oakton's Schedule of Classes.

The American Bar Association Guide to Workplace Law
Class Handouts and supplementary readings from the internet

X.    Methods of Evaluating Student Progress

Grades are based on exams, written legal problems, in class team assignments, final presentation of a current legal case.

Presentation of Web Site to Class 30%
On week 3 you will be given a web site to investigate that deals with legal issues in Human Resources. On the last night of class you will be asked to have a one page summary of the site and present to the class an overview.
Case Presentation 25%
Look at current events and the Internet and find a court case that pertains to one of the laws we have reviewed in class. Provide a summary no longer then two pages that reviews the case and the law that it addresses. As a conclusion, state what you think the outcome should be, or if the outcome was decided, if you agree or disagree. Some ideas may include English only rules, dress codes, Internet policies, wrongful discharge, harassment etc.
Group Presentation 20%
Your group will be given a short case in class. You will be assigned defense or Prosecution. It will be the job of your team to determine the questions that should be brought out to get the information needed to the judge. Creation of evidence that will support you position will help will the case!
Written Exam 15%
The last week we will have a brief exam coving the most significant labor laws. It will be similar to the items reviewed on the first night of class.
Class Participation 10%
Come and have fun! This will be an interactive program and we want you to participate!

XI.   Other Course Information

Use of Computers and Information Technology:
When you apply at Oakton as a credit student, you are automatically assigned a computer network account and email address.  While you are registered for classes and any financial obligations to the College are fulfilled, you may use this account to log into workstations in any of the open or classroom computer labs.  Your account gives you access to the wide variety of application programs available on Oakton's Network and on-campus access to the Internet.

Rules for computer use are posted in computer labs as well as available in writing in each of the labs. Lab assistants and tutors are available to assist you in the lab regarding software and hardware questions.

Users of the College’s information technology facilities and resources, including hardware, software, networks, and computer accounts, are expected to use computer resources responsibly and appropriately, respecting the rights of other information technology users and respecting all contractual and license agreements.

Under no circumstances is any of the software used at Oakton to be copied. Copying software is in violation of Federal law and College policies. Suspected violations will be vigorously investigated and, if warranted, appropriate penalties applied. Specifically, you do not have the right (1) to make copies of software for yourself or others, (2) to receive and use unauthorized copies of software, or (3) copy all or parts of a program written by someone else.

College Policy on the Observance of Religious Holidays:
Oakton Community College recognizes the broad diversity of religious beliefs of its constituencies. The College has embraced a practice of shared responsibility in the event a religious observance interferes with class work or assignments. Students who inform instructors well in advance of an intended absence for a major religious observance will not be penalized. The instructor will make reasonable accommodations for students, which may include providing a make up test, altering assignment dates, permitting a student to attend another section of the same course for a class period or similar remedies. Instructors are not responsible for teaching material again.

If you have a documented learning, psychological, or physical disability you may be entitled to reasonable academic accommodations or services. To request accommodations or services, contact the Access and Disability Resource Center at the Des Plaines or Skokie campus. All students are expected to fulfill essential course requirements. The College will not waive any essential skill or requirement of a course or degree program.

Oakton Community College is committed to maintaining a campus environment emphasizing the dignity and worth of all members of the community, and complies with all federal and state Title IX requirements.

Resources and support for
  • pregnancy-related and parenting accommodations; and
  • victims of sexual misconduct
can be found at

Resources and support for LGBTQ+ students can be found at

Electronic video and/or audio recording is not permitted during class unless the student obtains written permission from the instructor. In cases where recordings are allowed, such content is restricted to personal use only. Any distribution of such recordings is strictly prohibited. Personal use is defined as use by an individual student for the purpose of studying or completing course assignments.

For students who have been approved for audio and/or video recording of lectures and other classroom activities as a reasonable accommodation by Oakton’s Access Disabilities Resource Center (ADRC), applicable federal law requires instructors to permit those recordings. Such recordings are also limited to personal use. Any distribution of such recordings is strictly prohibited.

Violation of this policy will result in disciplinary action through the Code of Student Conduct.