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MANT346 Employment Relations

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Examines how employers, employees and their organisations achieve their objectives. Topics include collective and individual bargaining, mediation, grievance adjudication, industrial conflict, and an introduction to skills such as employment contract negotiation and interpretation.

The paper covers collective and individual employment relations and statutory, contractual and common law rights and responsibilities of employees and employers. Virtually everybody will be an employee or an employer or both during their working careers. You need to know and understand your rights and obligations and those of the people who work for you and how to exercise and enforce them. The language of employment relations is basically negotiation, enhanced sometimes by mediation, and backed, if necessary, by arbitration. This paper is about rights, obligations and the processes of negotiation and mediation employed in administering those rights and obligations.

Paper title Employment Relations
Paper code MANT346
Subject Management
EFTS 0.15
Points 18 points
Teaching period Semester 1 (On campus)
Domestic Tuition Fees (NZD) $887.55
International Tuition Fees Tuition Fees for international students are elsewhere on this website.

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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

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Semester 1

Teaching method
This paper is taught On Campus
Learning management system


Stream Days Times Weeks
A1 Wednesday 13:00-14:50 9-15, 17-22


Stream Days Times Weeks
Attend one stream from
A1 Wednesday 10:00-11:50 10, 12, 14, 18-19, 21
A2 Tuesday 11:00-12:50 10, 12, 14, 18-19, 21
A3 Monday 10:00-11:50 10, 12, 14, 18-19, 21