LAWS6360 Employment Law

6 points
Not available in 2019UWA (Perth)Face to face
This unit involves an examination of the individual employment relationship between employer and employee. Among the topics given special attention are the contract of employment and its importance at common law and under statute; rights and duties of the respective parties; remedies for breach; unfair and unlawful termination of employment at common law and under state and federal statutes; selected aspects of the systems of industrial dispute resolution and regulation under commonwealth and state legislation including, in particular, awards, collective agreements and individual agreements.
Students are able to gain a sound understanding of, and a capacity to appropriately apply, the major legal rules and principles (under the common law and relevant state and federal statutes) which govern (1) the categorisation/classification of different forms of work relationships; (2) the legal rights and responsibilities of employers and employees; (3) the lawful termination (at common law) of the contract of employment; (4) the principal remedies available to employees who have been wrongfully dismissed (at common law); (5) the statutory actions and forms of relief available to employees whose employment has been terminated unfairly or unjustly; (6) the statutory actions and forms of relief available to employees whose employment has been terminated unlawfully; (7) the enforceability of post-employment restraints and their relationship to the law concerning restraint of trade; and (8) the actions and forms of relief available to employees who have suffered unlawful discrimination in or in connection with their employment.
Indicative assessments in this unit are as follows: (1) essay and (2) examination. Further information is available in the unit outline.

Supplementary assessment is not available in this unit.
Unit Coordinator(s)
Emeritus Professor William Ford
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