Employment Law

Course code LEGL3111Units 10Level 3000Faculty of Business and LawNewcastle Law School

Governments construct the labour relations framework through legislation and regulation. Employment Law 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. Adopting a problem based learning approach using contemporary case studies accommodates the development of research, analysis and communication attributes.

Available in 2015

Callaghan CampusSemester 1
Previously offered in 2014
ObjectivesOn successful completion of this course you will be able to:
1. Critically analyse 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. Demonstrate an integrative understanding of the sources of law which shape the contract of employment
3. Explain how the relationship of employer and employee is identified
4. Define the life cycle of the contract of employment from its formation to its termination
5. Interpret common law obligations owed by employers and employees under the contract and the great impact of statute on this contract
6. Investigate solutions to employment issues and problems based on research and interpretation of current employment legislation.
7. Recognise the legal, social and equity implications of appropriate business practice and ethical conduct.
8. Communicate in written formats appropriate to the discipline, audience and purpose.
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 discrimination
6. Workplace safety regulation
7. Compensation for Workplace Injury
8. Discrimination in employment
Replacing Course(s)This course replaces LEGL2004.
TransitionThis course is not available to students who have successfully completed LEGL2004.
Industrial Experience0
Assumed KnowledgeLEGL1001
Modes of DeliveryInternal Mode
Teaching MethodsLecture
Assessment Items
Essays / Written Assignments
Examination: Formal
Contact HoursTutorial: for 1 hour(s) per Week for Full Term
Lecture: for 2 hour(s) per Week for Full Term
Timetables2015 Course Timetables for LEGL3111