This course examines labour law in Australia. Labour law is an important component of studies in the legal regulation of commerce. Students are introduced to the key aspects of labour laws which determine the rights, entitlements and responsibilities of employers and workers in the workplace. Both practical and theoretical perspectives on judge-made law and statute regulating work are examined. Given extensive recent legislative activity by the Commonwealth Parliament in the area of labour law, the Fair Work Act 2009 (Cth) as amended is analysed in some detail.
Topics covered include:
the history, development and constitutional underpinnings of Australian labour law
employees contrasted with other categories of workers
the common law contract of employment
minimum employment terms and conditions
workplace bargaining and agreements
the regulation of industrial conflict (including strikes)
wrongful, unlawful and unfair termination of employment.
Upon successful completion, students will have the knowledge and skills to:1. Examine and evaluate the underlying principles, rules, and institutions which regulate Australian work relationships;
2. Synthesise and apply the legal rules which regulate Australian work relationships with expert judgement to complex problems;
3. Synthesise, examine and critically analyse the legal rules and institutions which regulate Australian work relationships using theoretical, contextual, and historical perspectives to plan and execute a research-based project with independence.
Indicative AssessmentThere are three assessment tasks for this course:
A compulsory mid-semester take-home exam worth 40% of the final mark in the course.
A compulsory research essay worth 50% of the final mark in the course.
A compulsory final online quiz worth 10% of the final mark in the course.
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WorkloadThree contact hours per week. Students are generally expected to devote at least 10 hours overall per week to this course.
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