Module Code: H9ELAW
Long Title Employment Law
Title Employment Law
Module Level: LEVEL 9
EQF Level: 7
EHEA Level: Second Cycle
Credits: 5
Module Coordinator: KAREN MURRAY
Module Author: KAREN MURRAY
Departments: School of Business
Specifications of the qualifications and experience required of staff  
Learning Outcomes
On successful completion of this module the learner will be able to:
# Learning Outcome Description
LO1 Demonstrate broad knowledge and critical awareness of the domestic and European legal framework which regulates the employment relationship and understand how to keep their knowledge up to date.
LO2 Analyse the rights and duties of employers and employees and the laws that apply in the workplace; and critically assess liability.
LO3 Scrutinize the laws that apply to the termination of the employment relationship.
LO4 Explore and evaluate the importance of protecting dignity, equality, privacy and fairness in the workplace.
LO5 Investigate the different mechanisms by which the employee can enforce their contractual and legislative entitlements
Module Recommendations

This is prior learning (or a practical skill) that is required before enrolment on this module. While the prior learning is expressed as named NCI module(s) it also allows for learning (in another module or modules) which is equivalent to the learning specified in the named module(s).

No recommendations listed
Co-requisite Modules
No Co-requisite modules listed
Entry requirements  

Module Content & Assessment

Indicative Content
Resolving Employment Disputes.
• Introduction to law, civil and criminal law. • Types of employment law claims generally. • Procedures for making claims - time limits, burden of proof, costs.
The Employment Relationship
• Employees and Independent contractors • Pre-contractual matters • Express and Implied Terms • Types of Workers and statutory protection where applicable. • Protective legislation - Working Time, pay, protected disclosures
Family Friendly Working and Equality
• Protective leave • Discriminatory grounds • Burden of proof • Direct and indirect discrimination • Grounds of discrimination in relation to access to employment, conditions of employment. • Harassment, sexual harassment, liability of employer. • Adverse Treatment • Redress
Workplace Matters
• Privacy and data protection, statutory framework, application in practice including electronic surveillance. • Aspects of health and safety law including penalisation, statutory and common law claims.
Termination of Employment
• Fair procedures • Principle of Proportionality • Termination of employment - notice, employment injunctions. • Wrongful Dismissal • Unfair Dismissal - burden of proof, fair dismissals, constructive dismissal. • Transfers of undertakings - data protection implications. • Redundancy - grounds, entitlements, definition, unfair dismissals claims, selection, consultation.
Assessment Breakdown%
End of Module Assessment100.00%


Full Time

No Coursework
End of Module Assessment
Assessment Type: Terminal Exam % of total: 100
Assessment Date: End-of-Semester Outcome addressed: 1,2,3,4,5
Non-Marked: No
Assessment Description:
This assessment consists of a two and a half hour examination where students will be offered a choice of at least five questions and are required to answer any three. Some questions will be in a 'legal problem' style format, where students must apply their knowledge and understanding of legal principles to a particular set of complex facts, situations or scenarios. Other questions may require students to suggest what appropriate measures should be taken by the parties in order to avoid legal problems in the future. Some questions may require students to critically analyse a piece of relevant legislation, case or legal principle and its application to the business environment.
No Workplace Assessment
Reassessment Requirement
Repeat failed items
The student must repeat any item failed

NCIRL reserves the right to alter the nature and timings of assessment


Module Workload

Module Target Workload Hours 0 Hours
Workload: Full Time
Workload Type Workload Description Hours Frequency Average Weekly Learner Workload
Lecture Delivered in block format 30 Per 15 week block 2.00
Independent Learning Time No Description 95 Per 15 week block 6.33
Total Weekly Contact Hours 2.00
Workload: Part Time
Workload Type Workload Description Hours Frequency Average Weekly Learner Workload
Lecture Delivered in block format 30 Per 15 week block 2.00
Independent Learning Time No Description 95 Per 15 week block 6.33
Total Weekly Contact Hours 2.00

Module Resources

Recommended Book Resources
  • Daly B. & Doherty M. (2010), Principles of Irish Employment Law, Clarus Press.
Supplementary Book Resources
  • Kelleher D.. (2015), Data Protection and Privacy Law in Ireland, 2nd Ed.. Bloomsbury Professional, Dublin.
  • Redmond M.. (2017), Redmond on Dismissal, 2nd. Bloomsbury Professional, Dublin.
  • Regan M.. (2017), Employment Law, 2. Bloomsbury Professional, Dublin.
  • Bolger M., Bruton C., & Kimber C.. (2012), Employment Equality Law, Roundhall, Dublin.
  • Kelleher D., & Murray K.. (2018), EU Data Protection Law, Bloomsbury Professional.
This module does not have any article/paper resources
Other Resources
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