The employer-employee relationship has been regulated to varying degrees for the past several decades, but nothing has matched the amount of regulations that employers face in today's market. With the establishment of laws regulating wages and benefits, mandating occupational safety, prohibiting discrimination and harassment, requiring time off for medical purposes, establishing bargaining units and unions, and defining workplace privacy, the human resource professional is constantly confronted with regulations that control many, if not most of the decisions made regarding employees. With the ever increasing use of technology in the workplace, and employees becoming increasingly more aware of their legal rights regarding employment, it is becoming essential that business and human resource professionals have some basic understanding of labor and employment law. The belief that business and human resources professionals need more exposure to and knowledge of, laws regulating the workplace has provided the impetus for the creation of a Master of Science in Employment Law program (M.S. Employment Law) at the Nova Southeastern University Shepard Broad Law Center. The program is intended to meet the needs of business and human resource professionals who are non-lawyers seeking a basic understanding of labor and employment law.
Each student will complete 8 core classes, 6 elective classes and a final capstone course, the Individual Research Project, which is divided into 2 parts. Terms are 10 weeks long and typically, each student will complete a total of 8 10 week terms to complete the degree (a total of 16 courses, 36 credit hours).
To accommodate the need and desire for working professionals to remain in their present location and employment and, at the same time, draw upon a nationwide faculty, the M.S. Employment Law program is uniquely offered via NSU's state-of-art, Internet-based distance learning technology.
Online, students are guided through interactive class lessons over the internet, working closely with faculty members and exchanging ideas with fellow classmates.
Required interactivity is all asynchronous, meaning that students do not need to access their online course at any particular time during the day. The program is, however, characterized by a great deal of required interactivity. Students will often find themselves online nearly everyday. Such interactivity promotes a high-quality learning experience and differentiates this program from a correspondence or “self-study” program. Many professors will hold live chats and students are urged to attend.
Grades are posted on the Webstar system at the end of each session http://webstar.nova.edu and then enter your personal identification number (PIN). The M.S. Emp.L. program uses the following grading scale: A, A-, B+, B-, C+, C-, D+, D-, and F.
A student learning online will receive passwords to access his or her courses. At each course site, the student will find reading assignments, links to materials pertinent to the course, a syllabus, a statement of the course goals, a number of hypothetical problems, lecture notes, live classroom chats, a threaded discussion board, and a quiz. The assignments, materials, problems, lectures and quizzes will be organized by module, with each module representing a major topic of the course. Modules will roughly correspond to weeks. (In other words, a 10-week-long course will contain either 10 modules or nine modules and a week for a final examination.)
Each week, within periods of time designated by their professors, students in each course will be responsible for covering the material assigned, accessing materials as instructed, viewing lecture clips and participating in online discussions. The discussions might take place on the class's threaded discussion board, on which student questions and responses to each other are arranged so that the reader can follow the written "conversation" that develops on line. Alternatively, they might take place via email, which each student will have. They also will take place in live chat sessions. In some courses, professors may wish to administer quizzes.
For required live chats, professors attempt to find days/times that work for all students. In the event that a day/time chosen does not work for the student, the chats are recorded and the student will be asked to post or respond via email regarding the topics discussed in the chat.