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An exciting recent addition to our business and commerce section, the Employment Law (EL) course offers a rich insight into the fascinating world of employment law.

The administration and management of any business completely depends on its people, and the way they are recruited, directed, compensated and eventually released.

Laws enshrine ethical practice; it’s governed by legislation and administered by recognised ‘best’ practice. If employers deviate from best practice, they may face an Employment Tribunal, which could enforce payment of thousands of pounds of compensation. Employment Law (together with knowledge and correct interpretation of its many facets) is a critically important aspect of business.



Spread across 10 informative and diverse modules, the Employment Law course gives students a solid grounding in the subject. Learn how to develop a happy and willing workforce, adhere to essential laws and avoid Tribunal. Employment terms and contracts, grievance and disciplinary procedures, and redundancy management (to name but a few)… all covered in some detail, as are many other important areas affected by EL in every business.

Whether you’re already working in the industry or seeking a new challenge, this course provides you with the essential knowledge and major strengths expected from an effective Human Resources or Personnel Manager. By the time you’ve completed it, you can show potential employers you have the requisite skills and insight to treat employees fairly, protect the business from legal challenges, and ultimately save them a fortune, should the worst-case scenario occur. Some tribunal claims run into thousands of pounds in compensation; they’re uncapped…



Although this course is open to professionals who wish to advance their careers, there are no set entry requirements; we want to make the Employment Law course as accessible as possible.

If you have a decent standard of literacy and a keen interest in this subject, you are very welcome to apply. We supply all students with a study guide to help them get started. We assign a personal tutor on enrolment, who is available to offer guidance throughout your studies.

Don’t delay. Enrol today…

Module 1: The UK legal system and employment law

What is the Contract of Employment
Why have an Employment Contract
Statement of Particulars of Employment
Civil Law
Government, Policies and the Public Services
The Role of Government and Politics
The Work of the Queen, The House of Commons & The House of Lords
Government Departments and their Responsibilities for the Uniformed Services
The Roles and Responsibilities of International Organisations
The Structure of the United Nations:
The Roles of the International Court of Justice:
The Roles of the Security Council:
The Roles of the General Assembly:
The European Union

Module 2: What is a Contract and why is it Important in this Context

Contract Formation
Reaching an Agreement – The Offer
Making Legal Relations
How Laws Affect Contracts

Module 3: Contents of the Contract of Employment

What does the Contract Cover?
Names of the Parties Entering into the Contract
Start Date
Prior Agreements
Hours of Work
Probationary Period
Sickness & Disability
Job Title and Description
Place of Work
Grievance and Disciplinary Procedure
Restrictive Covenants
Particulars of Employment

Module 4: Termination of the contract of employment Module

How to Terminate an Employment Contract
Instant Dismissal
Wrongful Dismissal
Pitfalls for the Employer

Module 5: Redundancy and Transfer of Undertakings

What is Redundancy?
Being Selected for Redundancy
Reapplying for a Role
Unfair Selection
Appealing the Decision
Voluntary Redundancy
Redundancy pay
Short-term and Temporary Lay-offs
Notice periods
Notice Pay
Payment in Lieu of Notice
Collective Redundancies
Length of Consultation
Electing Employee Representatives
Fixed Term Contract Employees
Suitable Alternative Employment
Refusing an Offer
Trial Periods
Time off for Job Hunting
Planning for Redundancies
Redundancy and Retention
International Organisations and Redundancies
Managers and Professionals


Which Transfers are Covered?
Which Transfers are not Covered?
What Happens During a Transfer of Undertakings?

Module 6: Remuneration and Hours of Work

Equal Pay Act of 1970
Minimum Wage
Part Time Workers
Pay and Performance
Other Rewards
How is Performance Management Monitored?
Advantages of Linking Pay to Performance?
Disadvantages of Linking Pay to Performance
What is a Salary System?
Key Elements of a Salary System
How is a Salary Administration System Created?
Steps to Creating a Salary Administration System
Incentives, PRP and Fringe Benefits
Fringe Benefits
Using Incentives
Giving Gifts
Performance Related Pay (PRP)
Hours of Work

Weekly Maximum Working Hours and Opting Out
Opting Out of the 48-Hour Week
Workers not Permitted to Opt Out
Cancelling an Opt-Out Agreement
Example of an Opt-Out Agreement:
Working Hours for 16 and 17 Year Olds
Calculating Working Hours
What Counts as Work?
What Does Not Count as Work
Time Used to Calculate Average Hours
Working Hours if an Individual Has More than One Job
Help and Advice
Overtime Pay
What is Overtime?
Part-time Workers
Time Off and Paid Leave
Hours and Limits
Night Time Hours and Limits
Young Workers and Staff Dealing with Special Hazards
Exceptions to Night Hours Limits

Rest Breaks

Health Assessments
Employer’s Assessment
Sunday Working
Sunday Working in Shops and Betting Shops
Opting out of Sunday Working
Flexible Working
Types of Flexible Working
Phased Retirement
Making a Statutory Application
Meeting to Discuss the Application
Being Accompanied at the Meeting
Withdrawing an Application
Following the Application
Agreeing the Application
Rejecting an Application
Holding an Appeal Meeting
Attending the Employment Tribunal

Module 7: Discrimination within the Employment Relationship

Direct Discrimination
Indirect Discrimination
Equality and Human Rights Commission
Belief Discrimination Cases

Module 8: Health and Safety within the Workplace

Health and Safety at Work Act 1974
Health and Safety Responsibilities
Employee Rights
Employees Responsibilities
Health and Safety Concerns
What is COSHH?
What is a ‘substance hazardous to health’?
Principles of Good Control Practice
COSHH assessment: Identifying hazard and assessing risk
Chemical Safety Data Sheets
Training for Employees Working with Substances Hazardous to Health
COSHH Health Surveillance
Guidance on how employers can fulfil their legal duty to provide Health surveillance.
What is RIDDOR
Legal Requirement
Record Keeping
How to Keep and Maintain RIDDOR Records
How Long Must RIDDOR Records be Kept?
What Information Must be Recorded?
How to Report an Incident
First Aid Training
Personal Protective Equipment
Skin Protection
Eye Protection
Hearing Protection
Protective Clothing and Ensembles
Legislation in the European Union Fire Prevention
Requirements of Reporting and Recording Accidents and Incidents

Module 9: European Dimension

Labour Rights
Social Protection

Module 10: Collective Aspects of Employment Law

History of Labour Law
Company Collective Bargaining Agreements
Collective Bargaining
Individual Labour Law
Contract of Employment
Minimum Wage
Working Time
Occupational Health and Safety

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