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    Examines the legal relationship between employers and employees - the employment relationship. Topics include worker classifications, employment agreements, collective / individual bargaining, and principles for employment dispute resolution.

    This paper begins with a socio-historical review of employment relations to outline that different societies – because of their values/perspectives - engender different employment conditions and rights for workers. It then examines the premises and assumptions of New Zealand employment law, and the institutions that enact it in practice. It seeks to develop the skills and ethical frame required by human resource graduates to foster positive workplace employment relationships and, effectively handle workplace conflict and/or performance management issues.

    About this paper

    Paper title Employment Relations
    Subject Management
    EFTS 0.15
    Points 18 points
    Teaching period Semester 1 (On campus)
    Domestic Tuition Fees ( NZD ) $937.50
    International Tuition Fees Tuition Fees for international students are elsewhere on this website.
    MANT 250 and 18 further 200-level points
    Schedule C
    Alternatively, LAWS413 may be taken as a prerequisite or corequisite.
    Teaching staff

    Co-ordinator: Dr Lynnaire Sheridan


    Textbooks are not required for this paper.

    Graduate Attributes Emphasised
    Communication, Critical thinking, Ethics, Teamwork.
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    Learning Outcomes

    Students who successfully complete this paper will:

    • Gain knowledge and understanding of employment relations, including the institutions and processes used to interpret and enforce employment rights and responsibilities
    • Develop the ability to analyse employment rights cases
    • Develop skills involved in resolving employment rights cases through negotiation, mediation and more formal resolution procedures


    Semester 1

    Teaching method
    This paper is taught On Campus
    Learning management system


    Stream Days Times Weeks
    A1 Thursday 15:00-16:50 9-13, 15-22


    Stream Days Times Weeks
    Attend one stream from
    A1 Monday 12:00-13:50 10-12, 16, 18, 20-21
    A2 Tuesday 11:00-12:50 10-12, 16, 18, 20-21
    A3 Monday 09:00-10:50 10-12, 16, 18, 20-21
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