Law for Workplace Health & Safety

Course code LEGL6004
Available in 2015
2015 Course Timetables

Description

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 and S; an introduction to the employer/employee relationship; Tort liability: Negligence, Breach of Statutory Duty; the Work Health and Safety Act 2011 (NSW) and related legislation; an introduction to the principles of Workers' Compensation; issues in litigation and WH and S and anti-discrimination laws.

Availability

WebLearn GradSchool

  • Semester 2 - 2015

Learning Outcomes

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 and 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 and Safety Act 2011(NSW).
  • Related legislation - State and Commonwealth.
  • An introduction to the principles of Workers; Compensation.
  • Issues in Litigation
  • WH and S and anti-discrimination laws

Replacing Course(s)

This course replaces the following course(s): . Students who have successfully completed are not eligible to enrol in LEGL6004.

Assumed Knowledge

The course assumes no prior knowledge of law.

Assessment Items

Written Assignment: Essay/Written Assignments

Contact Hours

Self-Directed Learning

Self-Directed 4 hour(s) per Week for Full Term

Equivalent to 4 hours of face to face lectures per week: i.e. 56 hours over the full semester.Online discussion board also available.