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2010/1 Module Catalogue
 Module Code: MANM004 Module Title: EMPLOYMENT LAW
Module Provider: School of Management Short Name: M006
Level: M Module Co-ordinator: CROSSMAN AV Dr (SoM)
Number of credits: 15 Number of ECTS credits: 7.5
Module Availability
FT Semester 1, PT Semester 2, DL Variable
Assessment Pattern

Unit(s) of Assessment

Weighting Towards Module Mark (%)

Individual assignment


Individual assignment


Module Overview

The content of the Employment Law module maps onto the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development (CIPD) Employment Law module and forms part of an integrated programme of study accredited by the CIPD for Graduate membership. The module explores the regulatory framework governing the employment relationship, which emanates from the courts and the European Union, the way this has developed and the impact upon human resource management.



Module Aims

To enable the student to:

  • Analyse employment law concepts and models
  • Apply the relevant principles in the context of rapidly changing business and legal environments
  • Understand and appreciate the importance of contemporary developments such as supra-national law-making

To understand the regulatory machinery, systems and processes governing the employment relationship and the sanctions which might be applied for non-compliance

Learning Outcomes
  • Develop knowledge and understanding of the legal framework, the rules and general principles of common law and statutes of employment law
  • Understand the impact of European and International Law on the employment relationship
  • Understand the nature, scope and significance of an employer/ employee relationship and the diversity of employment status that now exits in the flexible labour market
  • Apply appropriate statutory provisions and common law principles to assess the legal rights and liabilities of employees and employers
  • Discuss and critically evaluate the role and functioning of the courts, tribunals and other employment law institutions
Module Content
  • The Legal Framework and Employment Law
  • Nature of the employment relationship and the Contract of Employment
  • Equality of treatment : sex, race disability and other discrimination and the protection of pregnancy and maternity/ paternity rights
  • Regulation of Pay: entitlements to pay and the equal pay provisions
  • Health and Safety in the Workplace
  • Termination of the contract: common law provisions and unfair dismissal  under the provisions of the Employment Rights Act 1996
  • Redundancy and the Transfer of Undertakings (Protection of Employment) Regulations( TUPE)
  • Employee participation: individual and collective
Methods of Teaching/Learning
  • Lectures
  • Seminars
  • Workshops
  • ULearn Self-directed learning
Selected Texts/Journals


Upex R. Benny R. & Hardy S ( 2009), Employment Law, Oxford University Press. 
ISBN 978 0 19 -923286 4


Deakin S. and Morris G.S.(2001) Labour Law, London , Butterworths 

Lewis D. and Sargeant M. (2003) Essentials of Employment Law, London , CIPD

Bowers J. (2002) Bowers on Employment law, Oxford ,Oxford University Press

Lockton D.J. (2003) Employment Law, London, Macmillan Press Limited.

Bowers J., and Honyball S. (2002) Textbook on Labour Law, Oxford ,
Oxford University Press

Anderman S. (2000) Labour law- Management Decisions and Workers’ Rights, London , Butterworths

I. and  Wood J. ( 2003) Industrial Law, London , Butterworths

Kidner R. (2004) Blackstone’s Statutes on Employment Law, Oxford
Oxford University Press

Pitt G. (2002) Cases & Materials in Employment law, London , FT Pitman Publishing

Painter R. et all (2004)  Cases and Materials on Employment law, Oxford,
Oxford University Press

Other indicative reading

Industrial Law Journal,
Oxford, Oxford University Press
British Journal of Industrial Relations, London , Blackwell Press

IDS Brief, London , Income Data Services

Industrial Relations Law Bulletin
, London , Income Data Services
Employment Gazette, London , Labour Market Trends
Equal Opportunities Review
, London, Eclipse Group
Industrial Relations Law Reports, London, Eclipse Group

Practitioners works

on Industrial Relations and Employment Law, London , Butterworths

Croners Employment Law, Kingston , Croners

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