This information is for the 2019/20 session.
Dr Astrid Sanders and Prof Hugh Collins
This course is available on the BA in Anthropology and Law and LLB in Laws. This course is available with permission as an outside option to students on other programmes where regulations permit. This course is available to General Course students.
This subject builds on contract and tort, and to some extent public law and EU law, but introduces the distinctive legal regulation of employment relations, such as the law of dismissal and discrimination law, and the institutional arrangements of industrial relations, including trade unions and collective bargaining. Labour law is an important area of legal practice, with employment law disputes representing one of the largest topics of civil litigation.
- Contract of Employment: the duties of employer and employee; the variety of work relations; vulnerable workers and the personal scope of employment law
- Regulation of the Employment Relation: minimum wage, working time
- Anti-Discrimination Law: implications of the Equality Act 2010
- Dismissal: wrongful and unfair dismissal, economic dismissals
- Human Rights in the Workplace: civil liberties of employees at work
- Membership of Trade Unions, Worker Representation, and Collective Bargaining: freedom of workers to associate with each other and to act in association with each other
- Industrial disputes: strikes, other industrial action and lockouts; rights and liabilities of individual workers who take industrial action; civil liabilities for organising industrial action – the economic torts, the ‘golden formula’ immunities and loss of immunity – industrial action ballots.
20 hours of lectures and 10 hours of classes in the MT. 20 hours of lectures and 10 hours of classes in the LT. 2 hours of lectures and 1 hour of classes in the ST.
Students will be expected to produce 2 essays in MT and 2 essays in LT. Although students may be expected to perform a moot instead of one of those essays.
For a concise overview of the subject a suggestion is:
- H. Collins, Employment Law (Oxford: OUP, 2nd ed, 2010).
- See also P. Davies and M. Freedland (eds), Kahn-Freund’s Labour and the Law (London: Stevens and Son, 3rd ed, 1983) chapter 1.
The leading textbooks are
- H. Collins, K.D.Ewing, A. McColgan, Labour Law: Law in Context (Cambridge: CUP, 2012);
- S. Deakin & G. Morris, Labour Law (Oxford: Hart Publishing, 6th edn, 2012);
- A.C. L. Davies, Perspectives on Labour Law, 2nd edn (Cambridge: CUP, 2009).
Exam (50%, duration: 2 hours, reading time: 15 minutes) in the summer exam period.
Essay (50%, 4000 words) in the LT.
Total students 2018/19: 24
Average class size 2018/19: 24
Capped 2018/19: No
Value: One Unit
Personal development skills
- Specialist skills