Department of Employment and Labor Relations
College of Health and Human Services
Study of labor-management relationships in a variety of organizational settings through utilization of the case study technique.
According to student demand, special graduate course on selected topics.
Provides a review of the major legislative rights and benefits available to employees under law in terms of their impact on labor and management in the employment relationship. The main focus will be the analysis and application of state and federal employment laws.
Practice and administration of labor relations, focusing on the operation and internal relationships of the individuals involved and upon the application of labor relations skills.
Introduction to terms, theories, and practice of employment and labor relations in the United States.
Review of the theories underlying and legislation supporting labor arbitration, emphasizing development of advocacy skills through simulations of actual disputes.
Focuses on legal language, tort law, legal issues, and legal sanctions of state and national health care laws as applied to individuals and organizations. Through lectures, discussions, readings, and presentations, students will learn to solve problems of health care administration within the current health care legal system and develop an understanding of the legal issues present within the current health care field.
Detailed examination of current professional issues in the field.
Provides students with the advanced knowledge needed to understand the process of research development, effectively evaluate research studies, interpret common statistical information, use the statistical package for social sciences, and develop and execute a research project.
Developments in federal, state, and local labor relations, including Presidential orders and federal agencies; survey of the states; Pennsylvania Acts 111 and 195; effects of public sector fact-finding; and arbitration.
Investigation of employment discrimination in the United States with special attention to the roles of government, industry, and labor and the impact of federal intervention since 1960.
International dimensions of labor relations are explored by examining the labor-management relations in a foreign country or region.
Survey of current laws, principles, and procedures in use in modern collective bargaining and evolving trends.
Provides students with an in-depth analysis of human resource management with a special examination of public sector organizations. Emphasizes the job functions and issues facing the human resource professional and organizations. Course topics include the current environment in human resources, the acquisition and preparation of human resources, the assessment and development of Human Resource Management (HRM), the strategies involved in compensation administration, and collective bargaining and labor relations issues in the public sector.
Study of the field of compensation management and benefits administration in the public and private sectors. Special emphasis on the input of collective bargaining in the development and administration of compensation and benefit systems and the necessary skills to function as a professional in the field.
A course on negotiations theory and practice which applies negotiations strategies from a variety of fields in hands-on simulations of collective bargaining in labor relations.
Analysis of the practices and responsibilities of labor and management in the mutual performance of a collective bargaining agreement with primary attention given to the process of grievance resolution.
Examines the various strategies and tactics available to the parties in confrontational situations. Emphasizes the statutory limitations set forth in the Labor Management Relations Act relating to topics such as picketing, consumer appeals, and boycotts.
Review of efforts to increase worker participation in certain levels of managerial decision making in private and public production or service enterprise, through shares in ownership, seats on boards, quality circles, and other participative structures. Results are considered from the point of view of productivity, worker satisfaction, and social utility.
According to student demand, special graduate courses on selected topics.
Field experience in employment and labor relations. An internship log and term paper are required.
Students select one or more topics of critical importance in employment and labor relations and meet with faculty member for independent reading, analysis, and evaluation. Prerequisite: Approval of department chairperson, college dean, and provost.
Provides students with an in-depth analysis of conflict resolution in many settings, primarily in the employment relationships. The student will be exposed to the current environment surrounding conflict resolution; the legal, ethical, and emotional issues that are common in disputes; and the format by which employment disputes are resolved.
For students writing the thesis, ELR 850 should be scheduled for the semester in which they plan to complete their work. The thesis is a committee thesis (1 to 6 semester hours).
*Indicates dual-listed class
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