University of Newcastle
Area of Study
Human Resources, Legal Studies, Pre-Law
Taught In English
This course replaces the following course(s): LEGL2004. Students who have successfully completed LEGL2004 are not eligible to enrol in LEGL3111.
Course Level Recommendations
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Host University Units10
Recommended U.S. Semester Credits3 - 4
Recommended U.S. Quarter Units4 - 6
Hours & Credits
OverviewGovernments 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.LEARNING OUTCOMES1. 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 workplace2. Demonstrate an integrative understanding of the sources of law which shape the contract of employment3. Explain how the relationship of employer and employee is identified4. Define the life cycle of the contract of employment from its formation to its termination5. Interpret common law obligations owed by employers and employees under the contract and the great impact of statute on this contract6. 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 major topics to be covered are:
ASSESSMENT ITEMSWritten Assignment: AssignmentFormal Examination: Formal ExaminationParticipation: Seminar participation and contribution
- Introduction to Employment Law in Australia
- Distinguishing employment contracts from other legal arrangements for getting work done
- Employment contracts: creation, terms and enforcement
- Loyalty, control, performance management and discipline
- Overview of statutory employment rights and obligations: sources, coverage and dispute resolution/enforcement
- Minimum statutory entitlements
- Enterprise agreements
- Discrimination and victimisation
- Termination of employment contracts
- Remedies for Wrongful or Unfair Termination
- Industrial Action
Courses and course hours of instruction are subject to change.
Credits earned vary according to the policies of the students' home institutions. According to ISA policy and possible visa requirements, students must maintain full-time enrollment status, as determined by their home institutions, for the duration of the program.