This full subject option will consider the law governing the employment
relationship. It will give students an opportunity to learn about the
legal regulation of working life. Students will be encouraged not only
to understand the relevant legal rules, but also to analyze the wider
significance of employment law in reflecting and in shaping society.
The course will address the legal distinctions between
different categories of workers, and the significance this has for individual
workers. It will consider developments in the common law of the contract
of employment, for example concerning the judicial implication of contractual
terms. Statutory protection of workers during employment, such as is provided
by the national minimum wage, will also be studied.
The section of the course on dismissal will analyze
the legal consequences of termination of employment. It will encompass
both contractual claims for wrongful dismissal and statutory claims for
The course will also deal with collective labour law.
This concerns the law regulating industrial relations. In particular,
the law on collective bargaining, and industrial conflict will be covered.
Account will be taken during the course of the potential
impact of the Human Rights Act 1998, for example as a result of creating
a positive domestic right to Freedom of Association. European Community
Law is also of significance to this subject, and attention will be drawn
to its influence throughout.
The recommended text is likely to be:
Smith & Wood, Industrial Law (2000
For statutory material students will generally find
Blackstones on Employment Law sufficient.
Assessment of the course is by a 2 1/2 hour written
examination in the summer.