Law of Employment

Course code LEGL2004Units 10Level 2000Faculty of Business and LawNewcastle Law School

The Law of Employment examines the contract of employment and the various sources of law that interact with and have an impact upon the relationship between individual employer and employee; legislation, awards, industrial agreements and the common law of contract.

Not available in 2015

ObjectivesThe course seeks to promote and develop a critical understanding of:
1. The importance of the unique contract which is the contract of employment and its role in determining individual relations between employers and employees in the workplace
2. The sources of law which shape the contract of employment
3. How the relationship of employer and employee is identified
4. The life cycle of the contract of employment from its formation to its termination
5. The common law obligations owed by employers and employees under the contract and the great impact of statute on this contract
ContentThe course focuses on the relationship between the individual employer and employee, without attempting to explain the operation of the collective system for regulating the relationships between unions and employers. It covers the rights and obligations of the employer/employee under the contract of employment; workplace injury compensation, occupational health, safety regulation; and discrimination in employment. The major topics are:
1. The sources and nature of the employment relationship
2. The content of the contract of employment
3. Unfair work contracts
4. Termination and remedies at common law
5. Statutory descrimination
6. Workplace safety regulation
7. Compensation for Workplace Injury
8. Discrimination in employment
Replacing Course(s)NA
Industrial Experience0
Assumed KnowledgeLEGL1001
Modes of DeliveryInternal Mode
Teaching MethodsLecture
Assessment Items
Essays / Written Assignments
Examination: Formal
Contact HoursLecture: for 2 hour(s) per Week for Full Term
Tutorial: for 1 hour(s) per Week for Full Term