Leader: Mr Richard Naughton/Mr Bruce Moore
City (Melbourne) First semester 2008 (On-campus block of classes)
- the contract of employment: the rights and obligations of employers and employees; rights in respect of unfair dismissal and redundancy, and remedies for breach;
- industrial awards: the role of awards in employment relations; making awards and resolving disputes at federal level; the role of industrial tribunals; legal constraints and regulation of award making powers; enforcement; role of unions in arbitration;
- collective and individual agreements under the Commonwealth Workplace Relations Act 1996; process of negotiation; legal status of such agreements; procedures for enforcement; role of unions and industrial tribunals;
- legislative prescription of minimum entitlements.
On completion of this unit students will have acquired
- a knowledge of the law relating to employee relations in Australia, the sources of rights and obligations between employers and employees and the processes of resolving employer-employee disputes;
- an understanding of the theoretical and philosophical bases underpinning the resolution of industrial disputes and the determination of relationships between employer and employees in Australia; and
- an appreciation of the operation in practice of the systems of dispute resolution and determination in Australia.
Research assignment (3,750 words): 50%
Class participation: 10%
Take home examination (3,000 words): 40%