MGMT5711 Employment and Industrial Law - 2019

Term 3
6 Units of Credit
On Campus
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1. Course Details

Summary of Course

This course will explore the institutional and regulatory framework that influences the employer/employee relationship in Australia. We will examine the legal dimensions of different modes of employment, remuneration, industrial action, health and safety regulation, termination of employment, as well as equity and discrimination law. The subject is not designed to equip students to practice labour law; nor is prior legal knowledge required or expected. It is, however, intended to help you acquire a good historical, theoretical and practical working knowledge of the Australian legal system pertaining to labour relations. Crucially, through this course, you can learn about your rights and obligations as an employer/practitioner/employee under current Australian legislation.

Teaching Times and Locations

Please note that teaching times and locations are subject to change. Students are strongly advised to refer to the Class Timetable website for the most up-to-date teaching times and locations.

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Course Policies & Support

Course Aims and Relationship to Other Courses

The aim of this course is to introduce students of industrial relations and human resource management to the common law and legislative regime which constitutes the regulatory framework of the employment relationship in Australia.
The subject is not designed to equip students to practice labour law, but rather aims at providing a good working knowledge of the history, theory and practice that govern labour relations. Prior knowledge of law or the legal system is neither required nor expected.
Every workplace operates in a legal framework, so this course adds to the background knowledge necessary for any specialisation in human resource management or industrial relations. Although the material focuses on the Australian legal environment, the issues raised recur in all industrial legal systems to some degree. The course introduces a number of issues which can be taken up in further study, e.g. occupational health and safety, international regulation.

2. Staff Contact Details

Position Title Name Email Location Phone Consultation Times
Lecturer-in-chargeDrSarah Gregson L5, Business School, Ref E12+61 2 9385 7151Any time, but by prior arrangement. Just pop me an email.

​​The other tutor in this course is Jeane Wells. She can be contacted on

3. Learning and Teaching Activities

Approach to Learning and Teaching in the Course

​Learning and teaching in this course is based upon interactive lecture delivery, completion of suggested reading material and thought-provoking assignments, as well as small-group and tutorial discussion. The course design is based on a learning philosophy that sees discussion and debate as vital precursors to knowledge building. While there is an expectation that students will benefit from learning a certain amount of 'factual' material on which to base arguments, developing confidence in your interpretation of that material will be enhanced by engaged discussions with your teacher and classmates.

Learning Activities and Teaching Strategies

Attending lectures is a crucial element of the learning process. Lectures provide you with the conceptual orientation necessary for coming to terms with the themes and issues dealt with in each weekly topic. Marks are not awarded for attendance, but non-attendance quickly begins to negatively affect your final mark. In addition, exam questions are based on debates outlined in the lectures, debates that cannot necessarily be ‘crammed’ from one or two key sources. Coming to the lectures is the best form of exam preparation you can do. Please note:

  • Detailed lecture notes will be posted on Moodle and the lectures are recorded.
  • Perusing lecture notes or listening to recordings, without attending the lectures, is like reading a travel guide – a poor substitute for visiting the actual place!

The tutorials are a crucial element of the learning process in this course. They will assist you to understand the themes and issues dealt with in each weekly topic and are a forum for the exchange of ideas, arguments and opinions. Tutorials have three main aims; they allow:

  • an opportunity for you to examine an issue in some depth
  • a chance to compare/contrast approaches, arguments and conclusions of many scholars
  • a way of systematically coming to terms with the issues covered

In tutorials, the teacher is not ‘the font of all knowledge’. Rather, successful peer learning takes place if students are active participants. Moreover, tutorials allow you to demonstrate the preparation work you have done in the previous week and to earn marks for the quality of your class contributions. Marks are not awarded for attendance alone. The ability to work in teams, debate ideas and present material to an audience are basic tools of trade for professional employment and are also highly regarded skills in the wider community. The tutorial experience offers you a useful opportunity to refine these skills in a supportive peer group context. Through tutorial participation, you will have the opportunity to exchange ideas, build logical arguments, and express informed opinions on the themes and issues canvassed by the course. In this way, it is hoped that you will develop your ability to think critically, debate ideas, work in groups, and develop oral communication skills.

This is not a ‘distance learning’ class; it is ultimately your responsibility to assess whether you have sufficient  time to do a course. Before enrolling, make sure that your schedule will permit you to attend classes regularly. It is estimated that successful completion of this course requires approximately 9-10 hours per week in order to attend classes, complete the required readings and prepare written assignments. Around assessment submission deadlines, even more time might be needed. While I understand that occasional work/family obligations may clash with classes, other commitments should not create permanent barriers to attendance.

5. Course Resources

​The website for this course is on Moodle. Please refer to the class Moodle site for readings, textbook details, etc.

6. Course Evaluation & Development

Feedback is regularly sought from students and continual improvements are made based on this feedback. At the end of this course, you will be asked to complete the myExperience survey, which provides a key source of student evaluative feedback. Your input into this quality enhancement process is extremely valuable in assisting us to meet the needs of our students and provide an effective and enriching learning experience. The results of all surveys are carefully considered and do lead to action towards enhancing educational quality.

​On a regular basis, I seek informal feedback from students regarding their impressions of the material offered in this course and I use this information when making improvements to subsequent outlines ie this outline has been influenced by comments made by previous students about their preferences, problems and proposals. In addition to informal discussions with students, I will ask you to complete a survey on the MyExperience website in the last tutorial of the semester to gather your feedback about the course. You will need to bring your laptop for this exercise. However, please feel free to come and talk to me about any difficulties you have with Legal Aspects of Employment during the semester. The sooner I know about a problem, the sooner we can fix it.

7. Course Schedule

Note: for more information on the UNSW academic calendar and key dates including study period, exam, supplementary exam and result release, please visit:
Week Activity Topic Assessment/Other
Week 1: 16th September 2019Lecture

Labour law in the Australian context


Introduction to labour law, discussion of readings and questions

This week, every student will nominate one ‘essential reading’ to summarise to the class – this paper will also form the basis of a written critical review to be submitted subsequently. Further details are in the Assignment Guide. Presentations will begin in Week 2.

Week 2: 23 September 2019Lecture

The employment relationship


The employment relationship

Presentations/group work sheet completion


Week 3: 30 September 2019Lecture

Minimum labour standards


Minimum labour standards

Presentations/group work sheet completion


No classes in Week 4 due to public holiday

Week 5: 14 October 2019Lecture

Making enterprise agreements


Making enterprise agreements

Presentations/group work sheet completion

Week 6: 21 October 2019Lecture

Freedom of association and the right to strike


Freedom of association and the right to strike

Presentations/group work sheet completion

Week 7: 28th October 2019Lecture

Regulating pay and hours of work


Regulating pay and hours of work

Presentations/group work sheet completion

Week 8: 4 November 2019Lecture

Regulating equal employment opportunity


Regulating equal employment opportunity

Presentations/group work sheet completion


Essay due in this week

Week 9: 11 November 2019Lecture

Employee privacy and the law: drug screening and social media


Employee privacy and the law: drug screening and social media

Presentations/group work sheet completion

Week 10: 18 November 2019Lecture

Dispute resolution/termination of employment


Dispute resolution and termination of employment

Presentations/group work sheet completion

Take-home exam: Released 22 November 2019


Week 11: 25th November 2019Lecture

Supply chains, human rights and global labour

Take-home exam: Due 29 November 2019



8. Policies and Support

Information about UNSW Business School protocols, University policies, student responsibilities and education quality and support.

Program Learning Outcomes

The Business School places knowledge and capabilities at the core of its curriculum via seven Program Learning Outcomes (PLOs). These PLOs are systematically embedded and developed across the duration of all coursework programs in the Business School.

PLOs embody the knowledge, skills and capabilities that are taught, practised and assessed within each Business School program. They articulate what you should know and be able to do upon successful completion of your degree.

Upon graduation, you should have a high level of specialised business knowledge and capacity for responsible business thinking, underpinned by ethical professional practice. You should be able to harness, manage and communicate business information effectively and work collaboratively with others. You should be an experienced problem-solver and critical thinker, with a global perspective, cultural competence and the potential for innovative leadership.

All UNSW programs and courses are designed to assess the attainment of program and/or course level learning outcomes, as required by the UNSW Assessment Design Procedure. It is important that you become familiar with the Business School PLOs, as they constitute the framework which informs and shapes the components and assessments of the courses within your program of study.

PLO 1: Business knowledge

Students will make informed and effective selection and application of knowledge in a discipline or profession, in the contexts of local and global business.

PLO 2: Problem solving

Students will define and address business problems, and propose effective evidence-based solutions, through the application of rigorous analysis and critical thinking.

PLO 3: Business communication

Students will harness, manage and communicate business information effectively using multiple forms of communication across different channels.

PLO 4: Teamwork

Students will interact and collaborate effectively with others to achieve a common business purpose or fulfil a common business project, and reflect critically on the process and the outcomes.

PLO 5: Responsible business practice

Students will develop and be committed to responsible business thinking and approaches, which are underpinned by ethical professional practice and sustainability considerations.

PLO 6: Global and cultural competence

Students will be aware of business systems in the wider world and actively committed to recognise and respect the cultural norms, beliefs and values of others, and will apply this knowledge to interact, communicate and work effectively in diverse environments.

PLO 7: Leadership development

Students will develop the capacity to take initiative, encourage forward thinking and bring about innovation, while effectively influencing others to achieve desired results.

These PLOs relate to undergraduate and postgraduate coursework programs.  Separate PLOs for honours and postgraduate research programs are included under 'Related Documents'.

Business School course outlines provide detailed information for students on how the course learning outcomes, learning activities, and assessment/s contribute to the development of Program Learning Outcomes.



UNSW Graduate Capabilities

The Business School PLOs also incorporate UNSW graduate capabilities, a set of generic abilities and skills that all students are expected to achieve by graduation. These capabilities articulate the University’s institutional values, as well as future employer expectations.

UNSW Graduate CapabilitiesBusiness School PLOs
Scholars capable of independent and collaborative enquiry, rigorous in their analysis, critique and reflection, and able to innovate by applying their knowledge and skills to the solution of novel as well as routine problems.
  • PLO 1: Business knowledge
  • PLO 2: Problem solving
  • PLO 3: Business communication
  • PLO 4: Teamwork
  • PLO 7: Leadership development

Entrepreneurial leaders capable of initiating and embracing innovation and change, as well as engaging and enabling others to contribute to change
  • PLO 1: Business knowledge
  • PLO 2: Problem solving
  • PLO 3: Business communication
  • PLO 4: Teamwork
  • PLO 6: Global and cultural competence
  • PLO 7: Leadership development

Professionals capable of ethical, self-directed practice and independent lifelong learning
  • PLO 1: Business knowledge
  • PLO 2: Problem solving
  • PLO 3: Business communication
  • PLO 5: Responsible business practice

Global citizens who are culturally adept and capable of respecting diversity and acting in a socially just and responsible way.
  • PLO 1: Business knowledge
  • PLO 2: Problem solving
  • PLO 3: Business communication
  • PLO 4: Teamwork
  • PLO 5: Responsible business practice
  • PLO 6: Global and cultural competence

While our programs are designed to provide coverage of all PLOs and graduate capabilities, they also provide you with a great deal of choice and flexibility.  The Business School strongly advises you to choose a range of courses that assist your development against the seven PLOs and four graduate capabilities, and to keep a record of your achievements as part of your portfolio. You can use a portfolio as evidence in employment applications as well as a reference for work or further study. For support with selecting your courses contact the UNSW Business School Student Centre.

Academic Integrity and Plagiarism

Academic Integrity is honest and responsible scholarship. This form of ethical scholarship is highly valued at UNSW. Terms like Academic Integrity, misconduct, referencing, conventions, plagiarism, academic practices, citations and evidence based learning are all considered basic concepts that successful university students understand. Learning how to communicate original ideas, refer sources, work independently, and report results accurately and honestly are skills that you will be able to carry beyond your studies.

The definition of academic misconduct is broad. It covers practices such as cheating, copying and using another person’s work without appropriate acknowledgement. Incidents of academic misconduct may have serious consequences for students.


UNSW regards plagiarism as a form of academic misconduct. UNSW has very strict rules regarding plagiarism. Plagiarism at UNSW is using the words or ideas of others and passing them off as your own. All Schools in the Business School have a Student Ethics Officer who will investigate incidents of plagiarism and may result in a student’s name being placed on the Plagiarism and Student Misconduct Registers.

Below are examples of plagiarism including self-plagiarism:

Copying: Using the same or very similar words to the original text or idea without acknowledging the source or using quotation marks. This includes copying materials, ideas or concepts from a book, article, report or other written document, presentation, composition, artwork, design, drawing, circuitry, computer program or software, website, internet, other electronic resource, or another person's assignment, without appropriate acknowledgement of authorship.

Inappropriate Paraphrasing: Changing a few words and phrases while mostly retaining the original structure and/or progression of ideas of the original, and information without acknowledgement. This also applies in presentations where someone paraphrases another’s ideas or words without credit and to piecing together quotes and paraphrases into a new whole, without appropriate referencing.

Collusion: Presenting work as independent work when it has been produced in whole or part in collusion with other people. Collusion includes:

  • Students providing their work to another student before the due date, or for the purpose of them plagiarising at any time
  • Paying another person to perform an academic task and passing it off as your own
  • Stealing or acquiring another person’s academic work and copying it
  • Offering to complete another person’s work or seeking payment for completing academic work

Collusion should not be confused with academic collaboration (i.e., shared contribution towards a group task).

Inappropriate Citation: Citing sources which have not been read, without acknowledging the 'secondary' source from which knowledge of them has been obtained.

Self-Plagiarism: ‘Self-plagiarism’ occurs where an author republishes their own previously written work and presents it as new findings without referencing the earlier work, either in its entirety or partially. Self-plagiarism is also referred to as 'recycling', 'duplication', or 'multiple submissions of research findings' without disclosure. In the student context, self-plagiarism includes re-using parts of, or all of, a body of work that has already been submitted for assessment without proper citation.

To see if you understand plagiarism, do this short quiz:


The University also regards cheating as a form of academic misconduct. Cheating is knowingly submitting the work of others as their own and includes contract cheating (work produced by an external agent or third party that is submitted under the pretences of being a student’s original piece of work). Cheating is not acceptable at UNSW.

If you need to revise or clarify any terms associated with academic integrity you should explore the 'Working with Academic Integrity' self-paced lessons available at:

For UNSW policies, penalties, and information to help you avoid plagiarism see: as well as the guidelines in the online ELISE tutorials for all new UNSW students: For information on student conduct see:

For information on how to acknowledge your sources and reference correctly, see: If you are unsure what referencing style to use in this course, you should ask the lecturer in charge.

Student Responsibilities and Conduct

Students are expected to be familiar with and adhere to university policies in relation to class attendance and general conduct and behaviour, including maintaining a safe, respectful environment; and to understand their obligations in relation to workload, assessment and keeping informed.

Information and policies on these topics can be found on the 'Managing your Program' website.


It is expected that you will spend at least ten to twelve hours per week studying for a course except for Summer Term courses which have a minimum weekly workload of twenty to twenty four hours. This time should be made up of reading, research, working on exercises and problems, online activities and attending classes. In periods where you need to complete assignments or prepare for examinations, the workload may be greater. Over-commitment has been a cause of failure for many students. You should take the required workload into account when planning how to balance study with employment and other activities.

We strongly encourage you to connect with your Moodle course websites in the first week of semester. Local and international research indicates that students who engage early and often with their course website are more likely to pass their course.

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Your regular and punctual attendance at lectures and seminars or in online learning activities is expected in this course. The Business School reserves the right to refuse final assessment to those students who attend less than 80% of scheduled classes where attendance and participation is required as part of the learning process (e.g., tutorials, flipped classroom sessions, seminars, labs, etc.).

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General Conduct and Behaviour

You are expected to conduct yourself with consideration and respect for the needs of your fellow students and teaching staff. Conduct which unduly disrupts or interferes with a class, such as ringing or talking on mobile phones, is not acceptable and students may be asked to leave the class.

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Health and Safety

UNSW Policy requires each person to work safely and responsibly, in order to avoid personal injury and to protect the safety of others.

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Keeping Informed

You should take note of all announcements made in lectures, tutorials or on the course web site. From time to time, the University will send important announcements to your university e-mail address without providing you with a paper copy. You will be deemed to have received this information. It is also your responsibility to keep the University informed of all changes to your contact details.

Student Support and Resources

The University and the Business School provide a wide range of support services and resources for students, including:

Business School EQS Consultation Program
The Consultation Program offers academic writing, literacy and numeracy consultations, study skills, exam preparation for Business students. Services include workshops, online resources, individual and group consultations.
Level 1, Room 1035, Quadrangle Building.
02 9385 4508

Communication Resources
The Business School Communication and Academic Support programs provide online modules, communication workshops and additional online resources to assist you in developing your academic writing.

Business School Student Centre
The Business School Student Centre provides advice and direction on all aspects of admission, enrolment and graduation.
Level 1, Room 1028 in the Quadrangle Building
02 9385 3189

UNSW Learning Centre
The UNSW Learning Centre provides academic skills support services, including workshops and resources, for all UNSW students. See their website for details.
Lower Ground Floor, North Wing Chancellery Building.
02 9385 2060

Educational Support Service
Educational Support Advisors work with all students to promote the development of skills needed to succeed at university, whilst also providing personal support throughout the process. Check their website to request an appointment or to register in the Academic Success Program.
John Goodsell Building, Ground Floor.
02 9385 4734

Library services and facilities for students
The UNSW Library offers a range of collections, services and facilities both on-campus and online.
Main Library, F21.
02 9385 2650

Moodle eLearning Support
Moodle is the University’s learning management system. You should ensure that you log into Moodle regularly.
02 9385 3331

UNSW IT provides support and services for students such as password access, email services, wireless services and technical support.
UNSW Library Annexe (Ground floor).
02 9385 1333

Disability Support Services
UNSW Disability Support Services provides assistance to students who are trying to manage the demands of university as well as a health condition, learning disability or who have personal circumstances that are having an impact on their studies. Disability Advisers can arrange to put in place services and educational adjustments to make things more manageable so that students are able to complete their course requirements. To receive educational adjustments for disability support, students must first register with Disability Services.
Ground Floor, John Goodsell Building.
02 9385 4734

UNSW Counselling and Psychological Services
Provides support and services if you need help with your personal life, getting your academic life back on track or just want to know how to stay safe, including free, confidential counselling.
Level 2, East Wing, Quadrangle Building.
02 9385 5418

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