Explore Employment Law
Gain the confidence you need to guide the strategic and tactical management of an organization's talent in an increasingly global, and diverse environment through a graduate certificate in employment law.
This certificate may be taken as a stand-alone program, or embedded in Champlain's online MBA or master's in human relations and organization development programs.
Build Your Career Future
As the business world becomes increasingly complex, today's business professionals must have an agile skillset. These new business professionals must be nimble and approach challenges with a systems-thinking mindset and, increasingly, must have a focused area of specialization.
A graduate certificate is a great way to highlight these in-demand skills and showcase subject matter expertise, while as well as gain knowledge that can be applied to your workplace from day one.
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Accomplish More with a Graduate Certificate in Employment Law
Business occupations are expected to grow 7% from 2018 to 2028, faster than the average growth for all fields, as a result of an increasingly complex global business landscape. The median annual wage for these roles is over $68,000.
A specialized certificate can help you build new skills, differentiate your resume, and demonstrate your value as an employee in your current organization.
*Source: Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS), 2019
Top Reasons to Earn a Graduate Certificate
- Climb the career ladder
- Build new skills
- Earn a recognized credential
- Differentiate your resume
- Test a new field
- Pursue a passion
- Demonstrate subject matter expertise
Learn more about Champlain's 100% online employment law graduate certificate, designed for working professionals.
Champlain's online employment law courses encompass the top skills needed by today's employment law professionals.
This course offers an overview of fundamental areas of employment law. Topics include job discrimination and related laws, labor law and labor relations, plant and job safety, public officers and employees, employee contracts, self-employment, Americans with Disabilities Act, Equal Employment Opportunity Act, non-competition agreements, workers' compensation, unemployment obligations, and personnel issues such as drug testing, lie detectors, whistle-blowing, and wrongful discharge.
Students will examine the various laws prohibiting discrimination in the workplace, with a focus on federal statutes and regulations. Topics include liability under Title VII, ADA, ADEA, and the FMLA. Students will consider workplace discrimination related to race, sex, religion, national origin, physical disability, age, and sexual orientation. The students will also learn about how complaints are filed with and investigated by the EEOC, with a detailed discussion on how the employer is required to respond to these complaints
Students will examine the decisions and statutes relating to the rights of workers to organize, the collective bargaining process, legal issues related to strikes, boycotts, and picketing, and the role of individual rights within unions. Students will also examine the structure, mission, and procedures of the National Labor Relations Board, the distinction between NLRB decisions and court decisions, and the relationship between the two.
Students will examine the laws that regulate how employees should be hired, fired, promoted, disciplined, or evaluated in unionized and nonunionized environments. It explores the steps an employer should take to avoid allegations of discrimination during the hiring, firing, or disciplinary process. The course also examines the legal limits on monitoring an employee's email, computer usage, and outside activities (including social media) and examines the legal limits on drug testing employees and checking an employee's criminal, credit, and medical background.
Graduates of the employment law online graduate certificate program will demonstrate the following industry-specific skills, knowledge, and competencies:
- Determine appropriate strategies for dispute resolution, internally as well as between organizations.
- Manage employment and labor responsibilities under state and federal regulations to ensure legal compliance, including the privacy of records.
- Evaluate employment and labor agreements and analyze provisions to protect your organization's legal interests while simultaneously achieving business goals.
- Appraise the ethical implications of business opportunities and decisions in the face of opposing pressures.
Champlain College Online's business faculty, led by Program Director Dr. Linda Miller, are expert practitioners in the field. Their industry expertise ensures that our employment law curriculum is aligned with the needs of employers, and reflects the skills today’s business professionals need for success. Classes led by our seasoned experts will give you real-world insight into the field and create a rich community of career-focused learning.
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