LAWS363-24S1 (C) Semester One 2024

Employment Law

15 points

Start Date: Monday, 19 February 2024
End Date: Sunday, 23 June 2024
Withdrawal Dates
Last Day to withdraw from this course:
  • Without financial penalty (full fee refund): Sunday, 3 March 2024
  • Without academic penalty (including no fee refund): Sunday, 12 May 2024


The information set out below is a guide to what the course is likely to include: - Introductory lectures briefly cover key concepts under the Employment Relations Act; - Issues arising in pre-employment; - The law relating to classification of an "employment agreement" as distinct from other contracts for the performance of work and, particularly, the principal/independent contractor relationship; - Formation of individual employment agreements (for example, the requirement to bargain in good faith, minimum statutory requirements as to content, and incorporation of terms); - Operation of individual employment agreements (for example, the role of good faith under s 4 of the Employment Relations Act and significant implied terms, such as the duty not to disclose confidential information); - Intro to Employment Law institutions - focusing on Employment Relations Authority and Employment Court; - Personal grievance claims (with a focus on unjustifiable dismissal and unjustifiable disadvantageous action); - Enforcement of the employment agreement through compliance orders, interpretation disputes, penalties, and damages; - Critical examination of the key topics of freedom of association, unions, collective bargaining and strikes and lockouts.

Learning Outcomes

University Graduate Attributes

This course will provide students with an opportunity to develop the Graduate Attributes specified below:

Critically competent in a core academic discipline of their award

Students know and can critically evaluate and, where applicable, apply this knowledge to topics/issues within their majoring subject.





Timetable 2024

Students must attend one activity from each section.

Lecture A
Activity Day Time Location Weeks
01 Tuesday 10:00 - 12:00 C3 Lecture Theatre
19 Feb - 31 Mar
22 Apr - 2 Jun
Lecture B
Activity Day Time Location Weeks
01 Friday 10:00 - 11:00 A2 Lecture Theatre
19 Feb - 24 Mar
22 Apr - 2 Jun

Course Coordinator

For further information see Faculty of Law Head of Department


Assessment Due Date Percentage 
Assignment 1: Legal opinion/policy discussion 28 Mar 2024 45%
Assignment 2: Problem solving 31 May 2024 55%

Indicative Fees

Domestic fee $893.00

International fee $4,663.00

* All fees are inclusive of NZ GST or any equivalent overseas tax, and do not include any programme level discount or additional course-related expenses.

For further information see Faculty of Law .

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  • LAWS363-24S1 (C) Semester One 2024