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Unit details

  • Specialist unit
  • Level 7
  • 15 credits

What will you learn

You will develop a broad understanding of UK employment law and the legal framework for employment regulation in the UK. You will explain the major sources of employment law and its evolution, the role and function of the courts and other employment law institutions and the principles of law in the fields of precedent, vicarious liability and continuity of employment. You will cover the Equality Act and its application, including interpretation of the protected characteristics aimed at protecting workers from unlawful acts of discrimination. You will analyse the principles that underpin contracts of employment and debate the principles of wrongful, constructive and unfair dismissal. Finally, you will summarise the law in relation to health and safety at work and personal injury, regulation on hours and wages, maternity and parental employment rights and the regulations relating to confidentiality at work.

 This module is suitable for persons who:

  • are experienced people practitioners

  • are working in a senior people practice role and wish to extend and deepen their skills and understanding to shape strategy, policy and people

  • wish to shape people practice, creating value for a wider audience

  • are currently leading and managing people and practice within organisations

Learning outcomes

On completion of this module, learners will be able to:

  • Understand the legal framework for employment regulation in the UK.

  • Understand regulations that aim to protect employees from unlawful acts of discrimination.

  • Understand law in relation to establishment, alteration and termination of employment contracts.

  • Understand compliance in relation to further regulations relevant to major areas of people practice.

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