Employment Law

10 Units

Employment Law deals with the law governing the formation, content and termination of employment relationships. The complex integration of the body of federal and state statutes, industrial instruments and the common law contract of employment which regulate paid work relationships will be examined.

Faculty Faculty of Business and Law
School Newcastle Law School
Availability Semester 1 - 2015 (Callaghan)
Learning Outcomes

On successful completion of this course, students will be able to:

  1. Demonstrate specialised knowledge and understanding of the complex body of law which governs the employment relationship;
  2. Critically examine an understanding of the policies which underpin this advanced and integrated body of law;
  3. Produce specialised cognitive and technical skills to understand the evolving nature of employment law;
  4. Apply knowledge and skills to demonstrate autonomy, expert judgment, adaptability and responsibility as a practitioner or learner in further developing the capacity to apply rules of law.

The topics in this course include:

  1. An analysis of different types of employment
  2. A discussion of the attempt to create a National system of employment law
  3. Creating a contract of employment
  4. Determining whether a contract is one of employment
  5. Legislated minimum entitlements
  6. Modern awards
  7. Enterprise agreements
  8. Determining employment rights and obligations
  9. Unfair work practices
  10. Termination of the employment relationship
  11. Unlawful and unfair dismissal
  12. Industrial action
  13. Transmission of business and its impact on employment
Multi-Term Sequence
  • This course is only available to students enrolled in the Juris Doctor/ Graduate Diploma in Legal Practice program.
Assumed Knowledge LAWS6001, LAWS6002A, LAWS6002B, LAWS6003A, LAWS6003B, LAWS6004A, LAWS6004B, LAWS6005.
Assessment Items
  • Report: Research Assignment
  • Written Assignment: Problem Question
Contact Hours
  • Seminar: for 3 hour(s) per Week for Full Term
Timetable 2015 Course Timetables for LAWS6024

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