LEGL6004

Law for Workplace Health & Safety

10 Units

Gives students an understanding of the impact of the legal and regulatory system on health and safety in the workplace. Topics covered include: structure and functions of law and legal institutions in Australia as they relate to WH&S; an introduction to the employer/employee relationship; Tort liability: Negligence, Breach of Statutory Duty; the Work Health & Safety Act 2011 (NSW) and related legislation; an introduction to the principles of Workers' Compensation; issues in litigation and WH&S and anti-discrimination laws. This course is taught by distance education.

Faculty Faculty of Business and Law
School Newcastle Law School
Availability Semester 2 - 2014 (WebLearn GradSchool)

Previously offered in 2013, 2012, 2011, 2010, 2009

Objectives

The objectives of this course are that by the end of the course students should be able to:

  1. Demonstrate an understanding of the Australian Legal System in the context of workplace health and safety laws, and the ability to access recent developments in the law;
  2. Describe the common law requirements which relate to workplace health and safety, and their relationship to the contract of employment;
  3. Demonstrate a critical understanding of the relevant statutory requirements with particular emphasis on the Work Health & Safety Act 2011(NSW);
  4. Discuss the concepts of negligence and liability in relation to workplace health and safety;
  5. Discuss the remedies available for breaches of legal standards;
  6. Demonstrate an understanding of the general principles of workers compensation and of the scheme of legislation applying in NSW;
  7. Appreciate some of the issues raised by other workplace laws such as those relating to discrimination as they relate to this area.
Content
  • Structure and functions of law and legal institutions in Australia as they relate to OH&S; basic legal research skills.

  • An introduction to the law of contract and the employer/employee relationship.

  • Tort Liability: Negligence; Breach of Statutory Duty.

  • The Work Health & Safety Act 2011(NSW).

  • Related legislation - State and Commonwealth.

  • An introduction to the principles of Workers’ Compensation.

  • Issues in Litigation

  • WH&S and anti-discrimination laws
Replacing Course(s) OHSE6080
Transition N/A
Industrial Experience 0
Assumed Knowledge The course assumes no prior knowledge of law.
Modes of Delivery Distance Learning : IT Based
External Mode
Teaching Methods Email Discussion Group
Self Directed Learning
Assessment Items
  • Essays / Written Assignments - Mid-semester assignment End of Semester assignment
Contact Hours
  • Self Directed Learning: for 4 hour(s) per Week for Full Term
Compulsory Components None listed
Course Materials None listed
Timetable 2014 Course Timetables for LEGL6004

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