LAWS 3046 Law of Employment

Credit Points 10

Legacy Code 200297

Coordinator Sandy Noakes Opens in new window

Description This subject focuses on the law that regulates individual aspects of employment relationships including the contract of employment. It aims to place an examination of the development, nature and scope of relevant legal principles in the context of the key features of the contemporary Australian labour market.

School Law

Discipline Business and Commercial Law

Student Contribution Band HECS Band 4 10cp

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Level Undergraduate Level 3 subject

Pre-requisite(s) LAWS 2003

Equivalent Subjects LGYB 0299 - Law of Employment

Incompatible Subjects LAWS 3017 - Employment Law and Policy

Learning Outcomes

On successful completion of this subject, students should be able to:

  1. Identify and examine the sources of law that govern the employment relationship.
  2. Critically analyse the law of employment from contemporary and historical perspectives within an economic and social context.
  3. Apply the principles of the law of employment to factual problems.

Subject Content

The way law governs individual relationships in the labour market
The different forms of employment relationships and how to distinguish them
The content of the contract of employment including the duties implied at common law
Termination and remedies at common law
Termination and remedies under statute, including unfair dismissal
Some selected aspects of statutory regulation of employment


The following table summarises the standard assessment tasks for this subject. Please note this is a guide only. Assessment tasks are regularly updated, where there is a difference your Learning Guide takes precedence.

Type Length Percent Threshold Individual/Group Task
Quiz Weekly quizzes across semester, plus in-class quiz 40 N Individual
Presentation Every week during semester 20 N Individual
Final Exam 3000 words 40 N Individual

Prescribed Texts

  • Carolyn Sappideen, Paul O’Grady and Joellen Riley, Macken’s Law of Employment (Thomson Reuters, 9th ed, 2022)
  • Ereader resources: selected readings and resources compiled for the subject, which will be available via Readings and Resources on vUWS.

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