Module Title:Employment Law for HRM
Language of Instruction:English
Credits: 10
NFQ Level:7
Module Delivered In 1 programme(s)
Teaching & Learning Strategies: Lectures - communication of knowledge and ideas from the lecturer to the student. Problem Solving Exercises - student will work as part of a team and will work together to resolve various legal scenarios. Class Discussion/Debate - Students will be encouraged to actively participate in the class sessions which will develop their analytical and communication skills. E-Learning - It is envisaged that the module will be supported with on-line learning materials. Self-Direct Independent Learning - the emphasis on independent learning will develop a strong and autonomous work and learning practices.
Module Aim: The aim of this module is ; To acquaint participants with a comprehensive knowledge of the leading principles of employment law and to assist the student to develop the analytical skills required to apply their legal knowledge to various scenarios.
Learning Outcomes
On successful completion of this module the learner should be able to:
LO1 Demonstrate an understanding of how employment and data protection law influences people management.
LO2 Effectively communicate employment law principles both orally and in writing.
LO3 Identify and summarise key employment law ideas, insights and connections and evaluate how they may impact upon people management.
LO4 Analyse employment law problems and propose solutions by applying the law to specific situations.
LO5 Demonstrate an ability to appraise up-to-date knowledge with respect to the development of the law.
Pre-requisite learning
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Module Content & Assessment

Indicative Content
Contract of Employment
• Formation of Employment Contracts, including express and implied terms. • Employees or Independent Contractors • Statutory Requirements – Written Statement of Terms and Conditions of Employment • Key Clauses in the Contract of Employment • Variation of Contract
Fixed Term and Part-Time Employment
• Zero Hours contracts • Agency Workers • Fixed Term Contracts and protection of fixed-term workers • Protection of Part Time Workers
Terms and Conditions of Employment
• Leave: Annual Leave, Public Holidays and Jury Service • Protected Leave • Payment of Wages • Organization of Working Time • Collective Bargaining, collective agreements
• Employer Policies • Discrimination • Indirect discrimination • Equal Pay • Sexual Harassment • Non-Sexual harassment • Vicarious Liability • Positive Action • Exceptions • Irish Human Rights & Equality Commission, WRC
Health & Safety in the Workplace
• Common Law Duties of Employers and Employees • The Legislative Framework • Statutory duties of employers • General Duties of Employees • Safety Statement • Safety Representative • The General Application Regulations • Accident Notification • Bullying and Stress in the Workplace • Health & Safety Policies • Claims for personal Injury and Time Limits • Court Practice and Procedure • The Health & Safety Authority
Termination of Employment
• Notice • Summary Dismissal • Wrongful Dismissal • Constructive Dismissal • Unfair Dismissal • Fair Dismissals • Redundancy • Collective Redundancies • Employer Insolvency • Dismissal Policies • Workplace Relations Commission
Transfer of Undertakings
• Interpreting Directive and Regulation • Economic Entity • Economic/ Technical /Organisational Defence • Automatic Transfer of Rights and Liabilities • Pensions • Due diligence
Data Protection and Protected Disclosures
• Key definitions including the relationship between controllers and processors. • Principles of data protection (including legal basis for procesing personal data) and how they apply in a HR context • Data Subject Rights and data breaches. • Rights and protections of employees in relation to protected disclosures
Assessment Breakdown%
Continuous Assessment100.00%
Continuous Assessment
Assessment Type Assessment Description Outcome addressed % of total Assessment Date
Other Written article/ case review. 1,2,3,4,5 20.00 n/a
Other Student will be provided with a case scenario(s) and must apply the legal principles to the case scenario and produce: • Individual Presentation • Supporting paper • Reflection 1,2,3,4,5 80.00 n/a
No Project
No Practical
No End of Module Formal Examination

SETU Carlow Campus reserves the right to alter the nature and timings of assessment


Module Workload

Workload: Full Time
Workload Type Frequency Average Weekly Learner Workload
Lecture 12 Weeks per Stage 6.00
Independent Learning Time 15 Weeks per Stage 11.87
Total Hours 250.00
Workload: Part Time
Workload Type Frequency Average Weekly Learner Workload
Lecture 12 Weeks per Stage 3.00
Independent Learning 15 Weeks per Stage 5.93
Total Hours 125.00

Module Delivered In

Programme Code Programme Semester Delivery
CW_BBHRM_D Bachelor of Business in Human Resource Management 5 Mandatory