Employment Law for Managers
In this module you will learn about the various ways in which the employment relationship is regulated in the UK. We will also draw on examples from other countries (particularly EU countries). The module is very practical in its orientation, focusing primarily on what managers with direct responsibility for recruiting, supervising and dismissing employees need to do in order to avoid breaching employment law and having to defend their organisations in the courts. We will also focus on the process of settling cases ahead of a formal hearing. You will gain a good understanding of all the main principles that underpin employment law in the UK, the principle statutes and leading cases. We will also explain how employment regulation has evolved and how it is likely to continue evolving in the future.
No pre-requisites for students taking this module. While it will be of particular interest to those who have completed BEM2021 in Year 2 and who are considering a career in human resource management, this is not essential. No prior knowledge of the UK legal system is required as this will be introduced in the first lectures.
Full module specification
|Module title:||Employment Law for Managers|
|Duration of module:||
Duration (weeks) - term 1: |
Whilst organisations can source specialist advice on more difficult and unprecedented issues from their legal advisors, all managers need to be in a position to anticipate legal problems associated with proposed decisions or plans before they are implemented and to be sufficiently aware of major, current and coming developments in the regulatory environment so as to ensure that their organisations are fully prepared. If you are planning a career in Human Resource Management in particular you will require a good basic understanding of employment law so that you are in a position both to give advice to your organisation and, if necessary, lead its response when a formal legal claim is contemplated or pursued. The same is true if you plan to become a company secretary at some stage or to take on prime responsibility for managing employment matters in a more general management role.
The purpose of this module is to provide final year students with the knowledge, understanding and skills required to fulfil each of these requirements to a professional standard. Because this module forms part of a management qualification and not a legal one, it is focused on enabling you to grasp fully the key principles which underpin employment law rather than to demonstrate advanced knowledge of legislation or case law. Moreover, our focus will be on situations which occur relatively regularly in workplaces rather than on more uncommon or obscure legal scenarios. Our aim is thus to increase your employability by providing you with the kind of a solid grounding in employment law that few managers have. You will also be more confident about giving advice and incorporating understanding of legal matters in decision-making across the field of HRM without the need to refer issues to a legal advisor..
The module is focused on UK employment law, so it will primarily be of interest to students who aim to practice management in the UK. However, a considerable portion of employment regulation that applies in the UK has a European origin and would thus be of interest and use for anyone looking to establish a management career within the EU.
ILO: Module-specific skills
- 1. Assess the purpose of employment regulation and the way it is enforced in practice
- 2. Advise colleagues about significant legal implications of decisions, plans or proposals in the employment field.
ILO: Discipline-specific skills
- 3. Participate in informed debates about the impact of regulation on businesses
- 4. Contribute to the establishment and maintenance of an effective and professional approach to the management of people in an organisation
ILO: Personal and key skills
- 5. Manage issues such as recruitment, performance management, dismissal, pay and working time lawfully.
- 6. Ensure that change and reorganisation episodes are carried out lawfully as far as people management is concerned
Learning activities and teaching methods (given in hours of study time)
|Scheduled Learning and Teaching Activities||Guided independent study||Placement / study abroad|
Details of learning activities and teaching methods
|Category||Hours of study time||Description|
|Lectures and seminars||44||22 two hour sessions over 11 weeks. Each will comprise a lecture followed by structured discussion of case summaries|
|Preparation for seminar sessions||22|
|Form of assessment||Size of the assessment (eg length / duration)||ILOs assessed||Feedback method|
|In-class discussion of cases||22||All||Verbal|
Summative assessment (% of credit)
|Coursework||Written exams||Practical exams|
Details of summative assessment
|Form of assessment||% of credit||Size of the assessment (eg length / duration)||ILOs assessed||Feedback method|
|Written analysis of a seen case OR a tribunal report OR a critical analysis of an area of employment law||75||3000 words||1-6||Written|
|Seen case study examination||25||90 minutes||1-6||Verbal|
Details of re-assessment (where required by referral or deferral)
|Original form of assessment||Form of re-assessment||ILOs re-assessed||Timescale for re-assessment|
|Written analysis of a seen case OR a tribunal report OR a critical analysis of an area of employment law||Written analysis of a seen case OR a tribunal report OR a critical analysis of an area of employment law (3000 words)||1-6||July/August|
|Seen case study examination||Seen case study examination (90 minutes)||1-6||July/August|
Students who fail to pass will be required to re-work their original assignments so that they meet a pass standard.
i) Sources and institutions of UK employment law
ii) Accessing employment rights
iii) Contracts of Employment
iv) Discrimination law
v) Dismissal law
vi) Law on redundancy and reorganisation
vii) Health and safety law
viii) Wages and salaries
ix) Family-friendly employment law
x) Regulation of trade union rights and industrial action
xi) Preparing, presenting and settling employment tribunal cases.
xii) Major debates about employment regulation and employment law reform
Indicative learning resources - Basic reading
Davies, A: Perspectives on Labour Law. 2nd edition. Cambridge, Cambridge University Press. 2009.
Honeyball, S: Great Debates: Employment Law. 2nd edition. Basingstoke, Palgrave. 2015
Lewis D & Sargeant M: Employment Law: The Essentials. CIPD. Fourteenth Edition. 2017.
Lockton, D: Employment Law. Ninth Edition. Palgrave. 2014.
Pitt, G: Employment Law. Sweet and Maxwell. Ninth Edition. 2014.
Taylor, S & Emir, A: Employment Law: An Introduction. Fifth Edition. 2018.
Turner, C: Unlocking Employment Law. Routledge. 2013.
Module has an active ELE page?
Indicative learning resources - Web based and electronic resources
Website of the Arbitration, Conciliation and Advisory Service (ACAS)
Website of DBEIS, the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy.
Website of the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development (CIPD)
Website of the Equality and Human Rights Commission
Indicative learning resources - Other resources
Full lecture notes will be provided and posted on the ELE along with self-test questions and case summaries.
The University Library is well-stocked with handbooks, monographs and journals covering all aspects of employment law.
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