Courses & Units

Labour Law LAW308

Hobart

Introduction

The relationship between employer and employee lies at the heart of economic activity. In this unit, you will explore the ways in which this relationship is governed in order to protect vulnerable workers from unfair conditions, and employers from unjustified industrial action. You will examine individual and collective aspects of the employment relationship with a focus on whether the common law and statutory regulation of employment law strikes an appropriate balance between rights and duties of employers and employees.

You will also consider traditional and non-traditional forms of employment and independent contacting, sham contracting and the casualisation of the Australian workforce (the so-called “gig economy”). There will be significant focus on the Fair Work Act 2009 (Cth), especially in relation to the national employment standards (NES), modern awards, adverse action, protections from vulnerable workers, unfair dismissal and unlawful termination, and enterprise bargaining and industrial action. State and federal laws dealing with discrimination and work health and safety are also considered.

Summary

Unit name Labour Law
Unit code LAW308
Credit points 12.5
Faculty/School College of Arts, Law and Education
Faculty of Law
Discipline Law
Coordinator

Adjunct Lecturer Mark Rinaldi

Available as student elective? No
Breadth Unit? No

Availability

Location Study period Attendance options Available to
Hobart 5 Week Session Jan B On-Campus International Domestic

Key

On-campus
Off-Campus
International students
Domestic students
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Key Dates

Study Period Start date Census date WW date End date
5 Week Session Jan B 11/1/2021 18/1/2021 29/1/2021 14/2/2021

* The Final WW Date is the final date from which you can withdraw from the unit without academic penalty, however you will still incur a financial liability (see withdrawal dates explained for more information).

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Learning Outcomes

  1. Identify issues involving labour law and describe and explain relevant principles and rules
  2. Apply knowledge of labour law to solve hypothetical scenarios giving rise to labour law issues, and to critique the operation of such laws
  3. Locate primary and secondary resources to develop legal arguments and conclusions with relevant applicable law
  4. Communicate legal argument and critical legal analysis, clearly and effectively, independently and in groups

Fees

Domestic

Band Field of Education

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Please note: international students should refer to this page to get an indicative course cost.

Requisites

50 credit points of Intermediate Law core

Prerequisites

Co-requisites

Mutual Exclusions

You cannot enrol in this unit as well as the following:

LAW603

Teaching

Assessment

Group presentation, 5 minutes (10%), Research Essay, 3000 words (50%), Exam, 2 hours (40%).

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Textbooks

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