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:
- demonstrate an advanced understanding of the underlying legal principles, rules and institutions which regulate Australian work relationships (‘expected learning outcome one’);
- apply the legal rules which regulate Australian work relationships with initiative and judgment to problem questions (‘expected learning outcome two’); and
- critically analyse the legal rules and institutions which regulate Australian work relationships using theoretical, contextual and historical perspectives to complete a piece of research and scholarship with some independence (‘expected learning outcome three’).
Classes may be offered in non-standard sessions and be taught on an intensive base with compulsory contact hours (a minimum of 36 hours). Please refer to the LLB timetable for dates. Please contact the ANU College of Law Student Administration Services to request a permission code to enrol in classes offered in non-standard sessions.
- A compulsory mid-semester take-home exam (40) [LO 1,2,3]
- A compulsory research essay (50) [LO 1,2,3]
- A compulsory final online quiz (10) [LO 1,2,3]
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Classes offered during semester periods are expected to have 3 contact hours per week (a minimum of 36 hours). Students are generally expected to devote at least 10 hours overall per week to this course.
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