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LAWS413 Labour Law

The legal relations of employer and employee. Dispute settlement systems. Industrial safety and welfare law. Trade union and labour relations law.

The paper begins with a brief introduction to labour law and policy, both generally and in specific relation to the Employment Relations Act 2000. The paper will then focus on three key areas:

  1. The Contract of Employment: The nature, formation, contents and operation of the contract of service
  2. Employment Relationship Problems: Institutions and procedures for dealing with employment law matters, particularly personal grievances
  3. Collective Labour Law: The law relating to freedom of association, collective bargaining and industrial action

Paper title Labour Law
Paper code LAWS413
Subject Law
EFTS 0.1
Points 15 points
Teaching period Semester 1 (On campus)
Domestic Tuition Fees (NZD) $710.30
International Tuition Fees Tuition Fees for international students are elsewhere on this website.

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96 LAWS points
Pre or Corequisite
Any 200-level LAWS paper not already passed
LAWS 313
Limited to
LLB, LLB(Hons)
Not all optional papers will be available in any given year.
Teaching staff

Dr Dawn Duncan


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Graduate Attributes Emphasised
Global perspective, Interdisciplinary perspective, Lifelong learning, Scholarship, Communication, Critical thinking, Ethics, Environmental literacy, Information literacy, Research, Self-motivation.
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Learning Outcomes
Students entering into practice will have a working knowledge of Employment Law requirements in New Zealand.

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Semester 1

Teaching method
This paper is taught On Campus
Learning management system


Stream Days Times Weeks
L1 Tuesday 12:00-12:50 9-14, 16, 18-22
Thursday 12:00-12:50 9-14, 16-22