Introduction to Employment & Industrial Relations Law
Grasp the key points of the Fair Work Act and gain an overview of employment law. Investigate enterprise agreements, unfair dismissals, unlawful discrimination, harassment in the workplace, disputes—and learn how to apply the relevant laws.
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This unit introduces students to a range of introductory legal issues concerning Employment and Industrial Relations Law in Australia. This unit considers the way legal regulation governs workplace relationships and conditions of employment. The unit content revolves around the fixing of employment conditions, rights and obligations through the federal regime via the Fair Work Act 2009 (Cth). This is not a comprehensive study of collective and individual labour law, but it will introduce students to a range of technical and academic materials and questions, informed by insights from industrial relations or employment law practice. Interrelationships with contract, constitutional and tort law are explored on the way. The unit will focus on Commonwealth government employment law, but will also give a brief overview of Australian state employment law systems.