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Archived Version 2019 - 2020

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NFQ level 9 Credit Rating 5
Pre-requisite None
Co-requisite None
Compatibles None
Incompatibles None

This module aims to provide an overall knowledge and insight into the three main areas of labour law (trade union law, industrial relations law and employment law) and the corresponding legislation and judicial decisions that underpin them. A second aim is to furnish an understanding and appreciation of key areas of importance in the everyday application of labour law in the workplace. Thirdly to equip students with a strong foundation in labour law so as to assist them in the crucial business of maintaining full legal compliance in the Irish workplace. Students are expected to attend lectures and contribute to class discussions. Additionally, it provides students an insight into Irish Industrial Relations and a general appreciation of how it works.

Learning Outcomes

1. Understand the impact of employment law and third-party decisions on the personnel policies, practices and procedures of an organisation so as to be legally compliant at all times.
2. Recognise the uses and implications of legal materials including the constitution, statutory law, statutory instruments, European legislation (directives and regulations), codes of practice, case law and judicial precedents.
3. Identify the importance of voluntarism as a dispute resolution mechanism of long standing importance and effectiveness in the workplace.
4. Evaluate the implications of current and intended legislation plus contemporary decisions of various adjudicating bodies on an organisation's HR policies, practices and procedures.
5. Acknowledge that employment law does not always present a humanitarian solution to people problems and examine alternative ways to manage employee relations issues whilst working within the law.

Workload Full-time hours per semester
Type Hours Description
Lecture15No Description
Assignment Completion50No Description
Group work36No Description
Independent Study24No Description
Total Workload: 125

All module information is indicative and subject to change. For further information,students are advised to refer to the University's Marks and Standards and Programme Specific Regulations at: http://www.dcu.ie/registry/examinations/index.shtml

Indicative Content and Learning Activities

Employee relations and employment law
- Employee Relations in context - Irish Employment Law in context - Recent and Upcoming Changes in Irish Employment Law

Workplace Investigation
- Legal background to current practice - Step-by-step guide to conducting an investigation - Presenting findings of investigation - Managing post-investigation

Managing Conflict
- Causes of conflict - Theory and Practice of Conflict Resolution

Assessment Breakdown
Continuous Assessment% Examination Weight%
Course Work Breakdown
TypeDescription% of totalAssessment Date
Reassessment Requirement
Resit arrangements are explained by the following categories;
1 = A resit is available for all components of the module
2 = No resit is available for 100% continuous assessment module
3 = No resit is available for the continuous assessment component
Indicative Reading List

  • Faulkner, M.: 2007, Essentials of Irish Labour Law, Gill & Macmillan,
  • McCann, A.: 2009, Know Your Rights: A Simple Guide to Social and Civic Entitlements in Ireland,, Blackhall Publishers,
  • Teague, P & Thomas, D.: 2008, Employment Dispute Resolution and Standard Setting in the Republic Ireland, Oak Tree Press,
  • Regan, M.: 2014, Employment Law in Ireland, Bloomsbury Publishing Plc,
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