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Employment Law

Module code: LLBP 3027

Module description

Employment Law will affect almost everyone, because at some time most people are likely to be in some form of employment. In recent years the world of work has changed and we now have a more flexible labour market, with many different ways of working. This flexibility has had an impact on employment law rights.

The module begins by exploring how the law determines whether a person is an employee or an independent contractor and why this is an important distinction. The focus then moves on to the contract of employment. We consider the sources and content of the different terms of the employment contract and consider how the contract may be varied.

The protection the law offers against discrimination - both contractual and non-contractual - on the grounds of sex, marital status, race, religion, sexual orientation, age or disability within the employment field is explored in some detail. The legislation on equal pay and the gender pay gap is also considered.

Finally, the module ends with an examination of the protection from both the common law and legislation against dismissal.

Contact hours per student per year

  • Lectures: 44 hours
  • Tutorials: 11 hours


The module is assessed by two pieces of coursework (word limit 2,500 for each answer), each worth 50% of the module mark. 

Additional costs: No extra costs other than purchase of books