LLM508 Employment Law

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Updated: 08 August 2019
Credit Points 6
Location Teaching Period Mode of Study
Armidale Trimester 3 Online
Intensive School(s) None
Supervised Exam There is no supervised examination.
Pre-requisites candidature in a postgraduate award
Co-requisites None
Restrictions LLM608
Notes None
Combined Units None
Coordinator(s) Bronwen Jackman (bjackman@une.edu.au)
Unit Description

This is an advanced unit of study that delves further into individual issues within employment law. The unit examines a variety of social issues from a legal perspective, including: the development of Australian employment law; unionisation within the Australian workforce; casualisation of the Australian workforce; the notions of 'employee' and 'contractor' and alternative modes for the performance of work (and their regulation); implied terms and the scope of employer and employee duties; distribution of opportunity at work, including employee entitlements, leave arrangements, and anti-discrimination; legal regimes that promote the so-called 'work-life' balance, including family and community responsibilities; issues surrounding termination of employment at common law and statute.

Materials Textbook information will be displayed approximately 8 weeks prior to the commencement of the teaching period. Please note that textbook requirements may vary from one teaching period to the next.
Disclaimer Unit information may be subject to change prior to commencement of the teaching period.
Assessment Assessment information will be published prior to commencement of the teaching period.
Learning Outcomes (LO) Upon completion of this unit, students will be able to:
  1. demonstrate a command and coherent understanding of the nature and scope of the applicable rules, concepts, and theoretical underpinnings of employment law and the various sources of employment law including statutes, common law, awards, enterprise agreements and various international instruments;
  2. use initiative and judgement to critically analyse and reflect on the current legislation and the applicable literature for the purpose of discussing contemporary issues in Australian employment law, and the role of the state in regulating labour relations;
  3. demonstrate advanced analysis and critical thinking ability to identify legal issues from a set of hypothetical facts relating to an employment law dispute and apply the applicable legal principles to determine the obligations of those involved in the dispute; and
  4. produce clear and coherent written communications that are based upon analysis, synthesis, and the application of professional judgement, as well as reflection and evaluation of the relevant law, the underlying theoretical principles, and independent research.