LAW08029 0000 Employment Law

General Details

Full Title
Employment Law
Transcript Title
Employment Law
N/A %
Subject Area
LAW - Law
SOCS - Social Sciences
08 - NFQ Level 8
05 - 05 Credits
Start Term
0000 - The Beginning of Time
End Term
9999 - The End of Time
Lorraine Murphy, Ruth Walsh
Programme Membership
SG_GLAWB_H08 202100 Bachelor of Arts (Honours) in Law and Business

This module offers a thorough overview of employment law in Ireland, introducing students to the core principles, concepts and rules of Irish Employment Law, with particular reference to the statutory framework under which the employer-employee relationship exists. A thorough analysis is undertaken of unfair dismissal legislation and equality legislation. Other areas such as employee protective legislation and health and safety legislation are also covered. The module concludes with an analysis of remedies in employment law.

This module will assist the student in recognising a range of employment law issues which might be encountered in a business environment.

Learning Outcomes

On completion of this module the learner will/should be able to;


Critically examine a contract of employment to ensure it complies with all statutory obligations.


Appraise and evaluate the legislative and structural framework governing our system of employment rights and industrial relations.


Critically evaluate the effect membership of the European Union has had on employees' rights in Ireland.


Analyse the range of remedies available in employment litigation.


Apply critical analysis and problem-solving skills and techniques to problem-based employment law questions.

Teaching and Learning Strategies

The teaching and learning strategy is one which is founded on student-centered active learning. This module will be delivered by a mixture of face to face, online delivery and tutorial support as appropriate.  A range of Computer-Aided Learning (CALL) packages are available to support this module (e.g. Moodle, Adobe Connect, Panopto, Teams). 

Discussion, communication and team working skills will be nurtured throughout the module, where students will have space and the support to articulate and present on their ideas within the learning environment.

Module Assessment Strategies

This module will be assessed by Continuous Assessment (30%) which may vary from a case study, presentation, moodle quiz, other, during the semester and by an end of semester exam (70%).

Students will also have the opportunity to reflect on their learning progress throughout the semester through formative assessments such as in-class discussions, polls and quizzes.

Repeat Assessments

Repeat exam/assessment will be developed as appropriate to assess failed components.

Indicative Syllabus

1.     Introduction to Employment Law

  • The essential elements of an employment contract
  • Distinguishing 'contracts of service' from 'contracts for services'
  • Disciplinary and grievance procedures

2.     Unfair Dismissals

  • Unfair Dismissals legislation
  • Redundancy
  • Workplace Relations Commission
  • Remedies

3.     Equality Legislation

  • The Employment Equality Acts 1998-2015
  • Harassment
  • Remedies

 4.    Protective Legislation

  • Overview of employee protective legislation including Working Time, Payment of Wages, Remote and Flexible Working Arrangements, Family Leave

5.     Health and Safety in the Workplace

  • Safety, Health and Welfare at Work Acts, 2005-2015
  • Social media in the workplace

Coursework & Assessment Breakdown

Coursework & Continuous Assessment
30 %
End of Semester / Year Formal Exam
70 %

Coursework Assessment

Title Type Form Percent Week Learning Outcomes Assessed
1 Case study, quiz, written report, other Continuous Assessment Assessment 30 % Week 7 1,2,3

End of Semester / Year Assessment

Title Type Form Percent Week Learning Outcomes Assessed
1 Exam Final Exam Closed Book Exam 70 % End of Semester 1,2,3,4,5

Full Time Mode Workload

Type Location Description Hours Frequency Avg Workload
Lecture Flat Classroom In class learning 2 Weekly 2.00
Online Lecture Online Online learning 1 Weekly 1.00
Independent Learning Not Specified Self study 4 Weekly 4.00
Total Full Time Average Weekly Learner Contact Time 3.00 Hours

Required & Recommended Book List

Required Reading
2018-07-16 Essentials of Irish Labour Law
ISBN 190553695X ISBN-13 9781905536955

This edition of the bestselling comprehensive textbook on Irish labour law has been fully updated and revised to reflect all the major legislative and case law changes in labour law in Ireland. New developments include: reforms of the State's industrial relations structures under the Workplace Relations Act 2015; Protected Disclosures Act 2014 on workplace whistleblowing; landmark CJEU case (Achbita) on employees wearing visible political or religious symbols while at work; the Uber case and the definition of 'employee'; developments in the law on employment permits; mandatory retirement ages; recent Supreme Court, Court of Appeal, and High Court decisions; and more. Essentials of Irish Labour Law, Third Edition provides an historical context to labour law with particular reference to the Constitution, EU law, common law, international conventions, the labour market, and unions. This book examines the various legal structures and regulatory frameworks-domestic and European-that underpin determinations and decisions made in relation to labour law. It presents and evaluates the nature of employment contracts, conditions of employment, and termination of employment with details of legislation and relevant recent case law. Issues such as safety, health and welfare at work, equality legislation and terms and conditions of employment legislation are detailed throughout the text. [Subject: Irish Law, Labor Law]

Required Reading
08/07/2016 Equality Law in the Workplace Bloomsbury Professional

Recommended Reading
08/07/2016 Employment Law in Ireland, Second Edition Clarus Press

Recommended Reading
2011-03-31 Termination of Employment A&C Black
ISBN 9781847667205 ISBN-13 1847667201

This second edition provides a practical guide for employers on termination of employment in Ireland. Unlike other text books, it is not an academic text book, but allows the practitioner to quickly determine what aspects of unfair dismissal apply in any given instance and how to put it into practice. Not only does it provide a view of the law itself in Ireland, but it also offers details of all the forms needed to prosecute a case. Practical and user-friendly, the book covers significant developments in Irish legislation, including new legislation on redundancies and significant developments in case law, particularly on retirement ages and equality.

Module Resources

Non ISBN Literary Resources
Journal Resources

Law Society Gazette

Irish Employment Law Journal

Irish Law Times

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Other Resources
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