LAWS5555 Employee Relations Law

Credit
6 points
Offering
(see Timetable)
AvailabilityLocationMode
Semester 2UWA (Perth)Face to face
Content
This unit is designed to equip the student with a foundation for understanding labour law. It explores individual and collective aspects of employment in Australia, particularly in Western Australia. It falls into four main parts: (1) an examination of the contract of employment and the individual employment relationship, focusing on the formation, operation and termination of contracts of service including, in particular, various common law duties of employers and employees; (2) the federal and state legal systems of industrial relations that provide for the regulation of conditions of work including a discussion of arbitrated awards and collectively negotiated agreements, and an examination of how these industrial instruments affect the contract of employment and the individual employment relationship; (3) an examination of how the law endeavours to deal with and regulate industrial conflict, with particular attention given to the existing rules concerning protected industrial action; and (4) an overview of the law of occupational health and safety, including the principal methods of compensating employees injured at work (especially workers' compensation).
Outcomes
Students are able to understand and appreciate the most important legal rules and principles concerning (1) the distinction between employees and independent contractors; (2) the principal rights and duties of workers employed under contracts of service; (3) the grounds on which employers may lawfully and/or fairly terminate the employment of employees; (4) the remedies available to employees whose employment has been wrongfully or unfairly or unlawfully terminated; (5) the role of awards, collective agreements and individual agreements in regulating the employment conditions of employees; (6) the role and limits of lawful industrial action, including strikes and lockouts; and (7) occupational health and safety in the workplace.
Assessment
Supplementary assessment is not available in this unit.
Unit Coordinator(s)
Emeritus Professor William Ford
Note
Bachelor of Laws students should take LAWS3360 Employment Law instead of this unit.
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