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Labour Law (undergraduate / non-specialist) CML2005F


Course Convenor: S Singlee

Course Overview:

Second year, first semester course, 3 lectures per week.

Entrance requirements:

No undergraduate student in his/her first year of study may take Labour Law. It is recommended that students have passed a foundation course in law eg. Business Law I.

Course outline:

This course is designed to give non-law students a working knowledge of labour law. The course seeks to examine and analyse legal rules and labour market institutions in context, emphasising the practical application of labour law. The course will focus on the following major areas:

  • The common law contract of employment
  • Legislative interventions and protections including the Basic conditions of Employment Act, the Skills Development Act, and the Unemployment Insurance Act
  • Discipline and dismissals under the Labour Relations Act of 1995
  • Unfair discrimination in employment and recruitment and selection and Employment equity legislation
  • Collective labour law as provided for under the Labour Relations Act and the Constitution;
  • Freedom of association and organisational rights
  • Collective bargaining and dispute resolution
  • Strikes and lockouts

DP requirements: 

Writing both tests is compulsory. If a student does not write a test and does not get an exemption then the student will be marked absent and awarded 0 for the test. But the student will be able to write the exam. A student who is unable to write the tests for medical, compassionate, academic or other valid reasons may apply for an exemption.  The application and supporting, must be addressed to the Service Course Committee and emailed or  handed in to Jane Franco ( no less than five working days before the test (unless the student is still incapacitated at that time, in which case it must be handed in as soon as the student returns to university). Where a student has been granted an exemption from the test, the final examination will be adjusted and will count either 75% or 85%. 

There are NO make-up tests. 

The tests counts 40% (15% for test 1; 25% for test 2)
The examination counts 60%