LAWPUBL 425 - Employment Law

Credit points: 15 points
Offered: First and Second Semester
Contact hours: Lectures - 3 hours per week
Course Coordinator: Suzanne Innes-Kent
Prerequisites: LAW 231, 241

Course description

This course surveys the law of employment in New Zealand. 

Content outline

The first part of the course is devoted to an examination of the individual employment agreement at common law and under the Employment Relations Act 2000.In the second part attention turns to the law relating to trade unions and collective bargaining under the Employment Relations Act 2000 and earlier legislation. The course will then focus on the law of unjustifiable dismissal and recent developments such as the 90-day trial period and the changing definition of justification.Recent cases on redundancy will be considered.The final part of the course reviews the statutory framework relating to such topics as:

  • Pay equity
  • Equal employment opportunity
  • Occupational health and safety, including the new Health and Safety at Work Act 2015, which came into force in April 2016.


1500 word assignment OR moot (20%)

2 hour open book exam (80%)

Open book means that you may, if you wish, bring into the exam and refer to any materials such as casebooks, textbooks and study notes.

Recommended text

Brookers Employment Law Handbook  (current edition, Thomson Reuters) which includes all relevant statutes and amendments, is strongly recommended.