Labour Law

Law School

College of Arts and Law


Code 23353

Level of study Third/Final year

Credit value 20

Semester One

Module description

This module is intended to introduce students to English labour law. The module will concentrate on five key areas: 1) 'Individual' employment law - The contractual and statutory rights held by each employee individually, including legislation on wages, working time, on periods of notice, on redundancy payments and the law of dismissal (both unfair dismissal and dismissal at common law). 2) Discrimination law Legislation concerning sex-, race-, disability-, sexual orientation-, religious belief- and age discrimination in employment and on the part of trade unions. 3) Trade union law - The legal status of trade unions, the meaning of and mechanisms for trade union 'recognition', the legal relationship between trade unions and their members.4) The law on industrial action Industrial action and the law (tort, contract, statutory immunities, criminal law, injunctions). Is there a 'right' to strike? 5) The law on collective bargaining - Collective bargaining and the law, including freedom of association and changing forms of worker representation; the enforcement of collective bargaining agreements.

Teaching and learning methods

Lectures and seminars; assessed by a 2 hour examination