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LAW7215 - Labour law for corporate lawyers

6 points, SCA Band 3, 0.125 EFTSL

Postgraduate Faculty of Law

Leader: Ms Joanna Betteridge, Mr Bruce Moore, Mr Richard Naughton


City Term 3 2007 (Evening)


This unit examines:

Relations Act 1996 (Cth) and collective/individual
employment agreements, contract of employment and
rights/duties of employers/employees
businesses and winding up
redundancy payments
laws and responsibilities
obligations to their employees
employees/ex-employees and industrial action


Upon completion of this unit, students should have:

  1. an understanding and working knowledge of labour law which are of particular significance to corporate lawyers in carrying out their responsibilities;
  2. a general understanding of the common law and statutory regulatory framework of employer and employee rights and obligations in Australian;
  3. a detailed understanding of the rights and obligations of employers and employees in the context of commercial business transactions including acquisitions, mergers, insolvencies, and of commercial entities' labour law responsibilities in outsourcing and restructuring business;
  4. an understanding of sources of rights and obligations of corporate directors' in superannuation and workplace health and safety, and a knowledge of protecting business from both competition by employees and ex-employees, and from industrial action;
  5. an ability to understand, evaluate and apply policy arguments for and against reform of laws and practices in the corporate and labour law area and to resolve employment problems relating to corporate law.


Class participation: 10%
Take-home examination (no more than 2,250 words): 30%
Research paper (4,500 words):60%