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LAW4132 - Law of employment 406

6 points, SCA Band 3, 0.125 EFTSL

Undergraduate Faculty of Law

Leader: Semester Two: Karen Wheelwright


Clayton Second semester 2007 (Day)


Topics include: the legal nature of the employment relationship between an employer and an employee; the individual nature of that relationship as opposed to the relationship between collective organisations of employers and employees; the formation of that relationship, and the source and content of the legal obligations which flow from it; legal classifications of the work relationship which dictate consequent industrial and taxation obligations; the legal principles relating to termination and breach of the contract and the remedies which flow; the legal rights of an employee who claims that his or her employment has been prejudiced by discriminatory behaviour.


On completion of this unit students should be able to demonstrate an understanding of the individual components of the employment relationship as opposed to the relationship between organised groups of employers and employees. Students will understand the elements of a valid contract of employment and be able to identify and analyse the rights and duties of an employer and an employee under that contract. Students should be able to apply the legal principles to circumstances which give rise to termination and breach of contract and to identify, apply and critically analyse the appropriate remedies. Students should be able to recognise discrimination in employment and to apply the appropriate law.


Research assignment (3200 words): 40%
Examination (2 hours): 60% OR Examination (3 hours): 100%

Contact hours

Three hours of lectures per week.


LAW1100 or LAW1101 and LAW1102 or LAW1104; LAW2100 or LAW2101 and LAW2102