Employment Law


Many professionals require an understanding of the many labor and employment laws that impact the workplace in California. Designed for human resource professionals and labor leaders, this course focuses on labor-management relations, including laws concerning collective bargaining in both the private and public sectors. Through interactive learning focused on student participation, learners are exposed to procedures and regulations governing the filing of unfair labor practice charges and the rights and duties of both labor and management in collective bargaining. By the end of this course, students will understand federal and state laws regarding wages, anti-discrimination, employee leave and other laws applicable to California’s workforce.

Learning Outcomes

  • Examine the history of employment law in the United States and explain the difference between federal and state employment law.
  • Understand various unfair labor practices and identify how to file and defend an unfair practice charge.
  • Comprehend the fundamental aspects of state and federal anti-discrimination laws and their applicability to employer actions.
  • Learn the human resources interface regarding the regulation of drugs and alcohol in the workplace, employee privacy, technology, e-mail and free speech.

Skills You Will Gain

  • Case analysis and legal research
  • Hiring and background checks
  • Lawful termination
  • Labor relations
Academic Units
Section Number
Instruction Method
Online class

Association Credits

HR Certification Institute (HRCI)
30.00 HRCI hours

Section Notes

This is an online course with live class sessions over Zoom on Thursday evenings at 6pm-9pm (PT). Live sessions will be held from June 20- August 29th. The last day of the course is September 4. There will be a break the week of the 4th of July, with no live sessions or course work due. Exact dates for the break will be shared once the course starts.

Specific dates are subject to change. Students will be notified of any changes. 

Please check your computer readiness for Zoom by conducting a Test Meeting at https://zoom.us/test. A strong internet connection and head phones with microphone are required. 

Students will receive an email with login information to access the course one business day before the first day of class. 

Certificate Students: Students must earn a grade of C or higher (not a C minus) in order for this course to count towards the requirements for the certificate. A "C-" will not count as a passing grade for the purpose of the certificate. Coursework towards the certificate must be completed within five years. 

Enrollment Policies

Drop requests (withdraw with a refund) will be approved, less a $30 processing fee, if the request is received before the Refund deadline: 7/4/2024. Refunds and/or enrollment transfers will not be approved after this date. View complete enrollment policy information including details on transfers.

Technical Requirements

This is a "Online Classroom" format course- all instruction occurs face-to-face via Zoom online classroom. Technology is used to facilitate online activities, assess students (assignments, exams, etc.), or deliver content. You will receive an email on the course start date with information on how to log into the online class portal. If you have not received your login information in the time frame indicated, please visit: our website for additional information on how to obtain access to your course. Students must have a computer with access to the internet and an email account in order to complete this course. Also, students must test their computer's ability to use Zoom PRIOR to the first class at https://zoom.us/test To ensure your success in this online course, please review our technical requirements.



Members can receive 10% discount on the course fee by entering the Coupon Code.  If you don’t have your association discount code, contact UC Davis Continuing and Professional Education Student Services at (800) 752-0881.


Members can receive 10% discount on the course fee by entering the Coupon Code.  If you don’t have your association discount code, contact UC Davis Continuing and Professional Education Student Services at (800) 752-0881.

Early Enroll Discount

Enroll 14 days before the course start date to save $50 on the course fee.

Info Session Discount

Attendees of UC Davis Continuing and Professional Education Information Sessions may be eligible for $100 discount on a class by entering the Coupon Code provided at the Information Session.  Contact UC Davis Continuing and Professional Education Student Services office, at (800) 752-0881, if you have questions about this discount.