• Class Number 4125
  • Term Code 3330
  • Class Info
  • Unit Value 6 units
  • Mode of Delivery In Person
  • COURSE CONVENER
    • Rebecca Richardson
  • Class Dates
  • Class Start Date 20/02/2023
  • Class End Date 26/05/2023
  • Census Date 31/03/2023
  • Last Date to Enrol 27/02/2023
SELT Survey Results

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.

Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion, students will have the knowledge and skills to:

  1. Explain and analyse the legal rules and institutions which govern Australian work relationships in order to solve complex legal and/or social problems.
  2. Critically evaluate the legal rules and institutions which govern Australian work relationships.
  3. Explore, reflect upon, and critically evaluate some of the current debates, problems, and controversies concerning the legal regulation of Australian work relationships.
  4. Plan and conduct research with some independence, and critically reflect upon the material in a piece of writing.

Research-Led Teaching

The course convenor, Associate Professor Pauline Bomball, is a researcher in the field of Labour Law. Further information about her background and research may be found here.

Required Resources

  • Joellen Riley Munton, Labour Law: An Introduction to the Law of Work (Oxford University Press, 2021). 
  • Fair Work Act 2009 (Cth). Students are not required to purchase a hard copy of the current version of the Fair Work Act 2009 (Cth). Students may download the relevant portions of the current version of the Fair Work Act 2009 (Cth) from the Federal Register of Legislation: http://www.legislation.gov.au. In the weekly class outlines (see WATTLE), students will be advised about the portions of the Act that are required in a particular week.

A list of recommended resources will be placed on the course WATTLE site.

Staff Feedback

Students will be given feedback in the following form in this course:

  • written comments on individual papers

Student Feedback

ANU is committed to the demonstration of educational excellence and regularly seeks feedback from students. Students are encouraged to offer feedback directly to their Course Convener or through their College and Course representatives (if applicable). Feedback can also be provided to Course Conveners and teachers via the Student Experience of Learning & Teaching (SELT) feedback program. SELT surveys are confidential and also provide the Colleges and ANU Executive with opportunities to recognise excellent teaching, and opportunities for improvement.

Other Information

Task submission times refer to Canberra time (AEST/AEDT).

Extensions, late submission and penalties: https://law.anu.edu.au/current-students/policies-procedures/extensions-late-submission-and-penalties

Deferred examination: http://www.anu.edu.au/students/program-administration/assessments-exams/deferred-examinations

Special consideration: http://www.anu.edu.au/students/program-administration/assessments-exams/special-assessment-consideration

Penalties for excess word length: https://law.anu.edu.au/current-students/policies-procedures/word-length-and-excess-word-penalties

Distribution of Grades Policy: https://law.anu.edu.au/current-students/policies-procedures/grading

Further information about the course: is available from the course Wattle page. Students are required to access the Wattle site regularly throughout the course for any announcements relating to the course.

Class Schedule

Week/Session Summary of Activities Assessment
1 Introduction to Labour Law; Purposes of Labour Law
2 Employment and Other Work Relationships
3 Rights and Responsibilities under the Contract of Employment (Part I)
4 Rights and Responsibilities under the Contract of Employment (Part II)
5 Rights and Responsibilities under the Contract of Employment (Part III); Termination of Employment
6 Unfair Dismissal
7 The Fair Work Act 2009 (Cth): Background and Overview
8 General Protections
9 Minimum Wages and Conditions
10 Workplace Bargaining (Part I)
11 Workplace Bargaining (Part II)
12 Dispute Resolution and Enforcement

Tutorial Registration

ANU utilises MyTimetable to enable students to view the timetable for their enrolled courses, browse, then self-allocate to small teaching activities / tutorials so they can better plan their time. Find out more on the Timetable webpage.

Assessment Summary

Assessment task Value Due Date Return of assessment Learning Outcomes
Optional Quiz 0 % 17/03/2023 * 1
Short Critical Reflection 25 % 12/04/2023 04/05/2023 1,2,3
Research Essay 75 % 22/05/2023 20/06/2023 1,2,3,4

* If the Due Date and Return of Assessment date are blank, see the Assessment Tab for specific Assessment Task details

Policies

ANU has educational policies, procedures and guidelines , which are designed to ensure that staff and students are aware of the University’s academic standards, and implement them. Students are expected to have read the Academic Integrity Rule before the commencement of their course. Other key policies and guidelines include:

Assessment Requirements

The ANU is using Turnitin to enhance student citation and referencing techniques, and to assess assignment submissions as a component of the University's approach to managing Academic Integrity. For additional information regarding Turnitin please visit the Academic Skills website. In rare cases where online submission using Turnitin software is not technically possible; or where not using Turnitin software has been justified by the Course Convener and approved by the Associate Dean (Education) on the basis of the teaching model being employed; students shall submit assessment online via ‘Wattle’ outside of Turnitin, or failing that in hard copy, or through a combination of submission methods as approved by the Associate Dean (Education). The submission method is detailed below.

Moderation of Assessment

Marks that are allocated during Semester are to be considered provisional until formalised by the College examiners meeting at the end of each Semester. If appropriate, some moderation of marks might be applied prior to final results being released.

Participation

This course involves reading, thinking and arguing. In order to take better advantage of the discussion which will occur in classes, you should read the required readings for the week prior to attending class. Students are expected to prepare for classes and to engage critically in the discussion that takes place there. It is, in part, by means of such engagement and the feedback you get from that that you will be able to evaluate and enhance the quality of your learning of the course content and skills. You should check the course WATTLE site on a regular basis to read important announcements and access additional learning materials.


For all courses taught in any mode (whether face to face or online), the ANU College of Law considers participation in the classes offered to be an important part of the educational experience of the program. Students are expected to attend all classes.

Examination(s)

There is no final examination for this course.

Assessment Task 1

Value: 0 %
Due Date: 17/03/2023
Learning Outcomes: 1

Optional Quiz

Details of Task: The optional quiz will consist of multiple choice questions covering material from weeks 1-3 of the course. Students can log on at any time while the quiz is available to complete the quiz. The quiz is designed to provide students with early feedback on concepts covered in the course.

Nature of Task: Optional and non-assessable.

Weighting: 0%

Release: 12pm, Tuesday 14 March 2023

Duration: 60 minutes. Once you log into the quiz, you will have 60 minutes to complete it. The quiz will finish automatically after 60 minutes and any open attempts will automatically close and be submitted, so please allow sufficient time to complete the quiz.

Due Date: 5pm, Friday 17 March 2023. Due to the nature of the task, late submission or extension is not permitted.

Estimated Return Date: Results will be available immediately upon completion of the quiz.

Assessment Criteria: The mark for the quiz will be based on the number of correct responses.

Assessment Task 2

Value: 25 %
Due Date: 12/04/2023
Return of Assessment: 04/05/2023
Learning Outcomes: 1,2,3

Short Critical Reflection

Details of Task: The assignment will consist of one short critical reflection question. This is not a research task. Students will be able to answer the short critical reflection question using only the materials covered in the course. The assessable material is the material covered in weeks 1-6 of the course.

Nature of Task: Compulsory and non-redeemable. Failure to submit this assessment will result in a mark of zero for this assessment task.

Weighting: 25%

Release: 12pm, Monday 3 April 2023

Word Limit: 1,000 words. The ANU College of Law's Word Length and Excess Word penalties policy can be found here. Note, in particular, the following statement from the College's word length policy: 'The footnotes will not be counted, and substantive material (other than references and citations) in the footnotes will not be assessed.'

Submission Requirement: Assessment must be submitted in a word processing file format (.doc, .docx). PDF files are not acceptable.

Referencing Requirements: Refer to the current edition of the Australian Guide to Legal Citation. A bibliography is not required for this assessment task.

Due Date: 5pm, Wednesday 12 April 2023. Late submissions (without an extension) are permitted, but late penalties will apply. 

Estimated Return Date: Thursday 4 May 2023

Assessment Criteria: Students will be assessed in accordance with the following criteria:

Analysis

a. Clear articulation of the relevant issues and relevant law

b. Presentation of a logical argument that addresses the question and engages with the relevant issues

c. Critical analysis of the relevant issues

Organisation and Structure

a. Clear and coherent structure

b. Construction of a sustained argument throughout the paper

Expression

a. Clear and precise expression

b. Accurate spelling and grammar

Citation and Referencing

a. Citation and referencing which complies with the most recent edition of the Australian Guide to Legal Citation

Assessment Task 3

Value: 75 %
Due Date: 22/05/2023
Return of Assessment: 20/06/2023
Learning Outcomes: 1,2,3,4

Research Essay

Details of Task: Students must submit a research essay in response to one of a selection of essay questions.

Nature of Task: Compulsory and non-redeemable. Failure to submit this assessment will result in a mark of zero for this assessment task.

Weighting: 75%

Release: 5pm, Friday 17 March 2023

Word Limit: 3,000 words. The ANU College of Law's Word Length and Excess Word penalties policy can be found here. Note, in particular, the following statement from the College's word length policy: 'The footnotes will not be counted, and substantive material (other than references and citations) in the footnotes will not be assessed.' Note, too, that the bibliography will not be counted in the word count.

Submission Requirement: Assessment must be submitted in a word processing file format (.doc, .docx). PDF files are not acceptable.

Referencing Requirements: Refer to the current edition of the Australian Guide to Legal Citation. A bibliography must be included.

Due Date: 5pm, Monday 22 May 2023. Late submissions (without an extension) are permitted, but late penalties will apply. 

Estimated Return Date: Official end of semester results release date via Turnitin.

Assessment Criteria: Students will be assessed in accordance with the following criteria:

Analysis

a. Clear articulation of the relevant issues and relevant law

b. Presentation of a logical argument that addresses the question and engages with the relevant issues

c. Critical analysis of the relevant issues

Research

a. Use of an appropriate range of primary and secondary sources that are relevant to the topic

b. Depth and breadth of research

Organisation and Structure

a. Clear and coherent structure

b. Construction of a sustained argument throughout the essay

Expression

a. Clear and precise expression

b. Accurate spelling and grammar

Citation and Referencing

a. Citation and referencing which complies with the most recent edition of the Australian Guide to Legal Citation

Academic Integrity

Academic integrity is a core part of the ANU culture as a community of scholars. The University’s students are an integral part of that community. The academic integrity principle commits all students to engage in academic work in ways that are consistent with, and actively support, academic integrity, and to uphold this commitment by behaving honestly, responsibly and ethically, and with respect and fairness, in scholarly practice.


The University expects all staff and students to be familiar with the academic integrity principle, the Academic Integrity Rule 2021, the Policy: Student Academic Integrity and Procedure: Student Academic Integrity, and to uphold high standards of academic integrity to ensure the quality and value of our qualifications.


The Academic Integrity Rule 2021 is a legal document that the University uses to promote academic integrity, and manage breaches of the academic integrity principle. The Policy and Procedure support the Rule by outlining overarching principles, responsibilities and processes. The Academic Integrity Rule 2021 commences on 1 December 2021 and applies to courses commencing on or after that date, as well as to research conduct occurring on or after that date. Prior to this, the Academic Misconduct Rule 2015 applies.

 

The University commits to assisting all students to understand how to engage in academic work in ways that are consistent with, and actively support academic integrity. All coursework students must complete the online Academic Integrity Module (Epigeum), and Higher Degree Research (HDR) students are required to complete research integrity training. The Academic Integrity website provides information about services available to assist students with their assignments, examinations and other learning activities, as well as understanding and upholding academic integrity.

Online Submission

You will be required to electronically sign a declaration as part of the submission of your assignment. Please keep a copy of the assignment for your records. Unless an exemption has been approved by the Associate Dean (Education) submission must be through Turnitin.

Hardcopy Submission

For some forms of assessment (hand written assignments, art works, laboratory notes, etc.) hard copy submission is appropriate when approved by the Associate Dean (Education). Hard copy submissions must utilise the Assignment Cover Sheet. Please keep a copy of tasks completed for your records.

Late Submission

Individual assessment tasks may or may not allow for late submission. Policy regarding late submission is detailed below:

  • Late submission not permitted. If submission of assessment tasks without an extension after the due date is not permitted, a mark of 0 will be awarded.
  • Late submission permitted. Late submission of assessment tasks without an extension are penalised at the rate of 5% of the possible marks available per working day or part thereof. Late submission of assessment tasks is not accepted after 10 working days after the due date, or on or after the date specified in the course outline for the return of the assessment item.
  • Late submission is not accepted for tests or examinations.
  • Late submission with an extension. To ensure equity for all students, the 5% penalty per working day for late submission of work does not apply if you have been granted an extension. Where an extension is granted, the revised due date and submission time will be provided in writing. Importantly, any revised due date is inclusive of weekends and public holidays. Regardless of which day of the week the revised due date falls on, students who submit after that date will be penalised by 5% of the possible marks available for the task per 24-hour period.  

Referencing Requirements

The Academic Skills website has information to assist you with your writing and assessments. The website includes information about Academic Integrity including referencing requirements for different disciplines. There is also information on Plagiarism and different ways to use source material.

Returning Assignments

All marks and feedback will be provided online by the return date listed in the class summary. 

Extensions and Penalties

Extensions and late submission of assessment pieces are covered by the Student Assessment (Coursework) Policy and Procedure. Extensions may be granted for assessment pieces that are not examinations or take-home examinations. If you need an extension, you must request an extension in writing on or before the due date. If you have documented and appropriate medical evidence that demonstrates you were not able to request an extension on or before the due date, you may be able to request it after the due date.

Privacy Notice

The ANU has made a number of third party, online, databases available for students to use. Use of each online database is conditional on student end users first agreeing to the database licensor’s terms of service and/or privacy policy. Students should read these carefully. In some cases student end users will be required to register an account with the database licensor and submit personal information, including their: first name; last name; ANU email address; and other information.
In cases where student end users are asked to submit ‘content’ to a database, such as an assignment or short answers, the database licensor may only use the student’s ‘content’ in accordance with the terms of service – including any (copyright) licence the student grants to the database licensor. Any personal information or content a student submits may be stored by the licensor, potentially offshore, and will be used to process the database service in accordance with the licensors terms of service and/or privacy policy.
If any student chooses not to agree to the database licensor’s terms of service or privacy policy, the student will not be able to access and use the database. In these circumstances students should contact their lecturer to enquire about alternative arrangements that are available.

Distribution of grades policy

Academic Quality Assurance Committee monitors the performance of students, including attrition, further study and employment rates and grade distribution, and College reports on quality assurance processes for assessment activities, including alignment with national and international disciplinary and interdisciplinary standards, as well as qualification type learning outcomes.

Since first semester 1994, ANU uses a grading scale for all courses. This grading scale is used by all academic areas of the University.

Support for students

The University offers students support through several different services. You may contact the services listed below directly or seek advice from your Course Convener, Student Administrators, or your College and Course representatives (if applicable).

Rebecca Richardson
rebecca.richardson@anu.edu.au

Research Interests


Labour Law; Law and Technology

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