module specification

LC7037 - Employment Law and Practice (2017/18)

Module specification Module approved to run in 2017/18
Module title Employment Law and Practice
Module level Masters (07)
Credit rating for module 13.5
School Guildhall School of Business and Law
Total study hours 120
 
96 hours Guided independent study
24 hours Scheduled learning & teaching activities
Assessment components
Type Weighting Qualifying mark Description
Open Book Examination 100% 50 Examination ( 3 hours)
Running in 2017/18
Period Campus Day Time Module Leader
Spring semester City Thursday Evening
Spring semester City Tuesday Afternoon
Spring semester City Tuesday Morning
Spring semester City Monday Afternoon
Spring semester City Monday Morning
Spring semester City Thursday Morning
Spring semester City Wednesday Evening
Spring semester City Tuesday Evening
Spring semester City Monday Evening
Spring semester City Thursday Afternoon

Module summary

The Employment Law and Practice Module covers most aspects of contentious employment law including unfair dismissal, redundancy and equality law.
It also includes the procedural steps to bring or defend proceedings in the Employment Tribunal.

Prior learning requirements

Stage 2

Module aims

This module aims to teach students how to act for clients who want to bring or defend proceedings in the Employment Tribunal.

Syllabus

The Contract of Employment
Unfair Dismissal and Redundancy
Discrimination Law and Practice

Learning and teaching

8 one-hour large group sessions (40 learning hours) and 8 two-hour small group sessions (80 learning hours). The large group sessions are one week ahead of the small group sessions to allow students time for reflection. Students are required to test their preparation for each small group session by completing short answer/ multiple-choice questions on WebLearn in advance of the session.

Learning outcomes

On completion of this elective students should:

  1. Appreciate the nature of Employment Law and Practice
  2. Be able to locate and use electronic and paper sources of employment law
  3. Understand the different institutions and individuals in employment law and practice and their interrelationship
  4. Be able to identify and perform the steps required to bring and defend proceedings in the Employment Tribunal.

Element 1 – The Contract of Employment
Students should be able to:

  1. appreciate the essential terms of the contract of employment
  2. be able to advise on the contents and controls on the contract of employment including statutory controls

Element 2 – Unfair Dismissal and Redundancy
Students should be able to

  1. Appreciate the difference between wrongful and unfair dismissal
  2. Analyse facts, identify issues and apply the law relating to unfair dismissal and redundancy in a transaction based context
  3. Advise the client on the law relating to unfair dismissal and redundancy including advice on remedies.
  4. Draft the documents necessary to bring and defend proceedings in the Employment Tribunal
  5. Advise the client on the possible methods of funding litigation in the Employment Tribunal
  6. Identify the appropriate methods of resolving disputes in the employment tribunal including advice on the role of ACAS, Early Conciliation,
  7. Demonstrate an understanding of the Tribunal’s case management powers and the procedure to be followed at the Tribunal  hearing

Element 3 - Discrimination Law and Practice
Students should be able to:

  1. Analyse facts, identify issues and apply the law relating to discrimination law in a transaction based context
  2. Advise the client on the law relating to discrimination including advice on remedies
  3. Draft the documents necessary to bring and defend proceedings in the Employment Tribunal.

Assessment strategy

The assessment is an open book exam with advance disclosure of documents and is of a transactional nature. This form of assessment is designed to replicate practice and enable students to demonstrate the application of legal principles in a realistic, practical context. Students are given a formative assessment and receive examiners' guidance.

Bibliography

CLP Employment Law Manual