Diploma in Employment Law

  • Overview
  • Course Content
  • Structure
  • Career Opportunities
  • Fees
  • Next Steps

Overview

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Over recent years the developments in Employment Law have meant that it has become a prominent and important topic in today’s business environment. This introductory course in this highly relevant subject is aimed at providing an overview of the main elements of both Irish and European employment legislation as it relates to both employers and employees.

Programme Aims and Objectives

The aim of the course is to provide the student with an overview of the laws and regulations that affect the functioning of the employment relationship. The programme examines the duties of both employees and employers and attempts to provide students with a broad understanding of employment law issues through the analysis of existing legislation and case law. On successful completion of this programme all participants will have studies the main sources of employment law including the concept of "employee", the design of an employment contract, equality  issues including harassment in the workplace, holidays and leave entitlements, termination of contracts and redundancy issues, health and safety concerns and the effects of collective bargaining.

Assessment

To be awarded the Diploma in Employment Law, a student will be required to complete a written assignment (100%).

Programme Content

Contract of Employment

Students will examine the difference between employees and independent contractors and be introduced to the concept of vicarious liability. The main terms that a prudent employer should include in a contract of employment and the various types of employment contracts are also explored.

Legal framework in Employment Law

The legal framework within which Employment Law operates including an analysis of the Constitution, Statute Law, Common Law and European Law. The various forums that are used for dispute resolution are also examined.

Protective Legislation

This section looks at the obligations imposed upon employers in relation to the provision of protective leave including leave under the Organisation of Working Time legislation, maternity, parental, carer and adoptive leave.

Employment Equality and Harassment

Students will discuss the main features of the Employment Equality Acts in relation to equal treatment and equal pay and direct and indirect discrimination and the limited grounds where discrimination is permitted. The related topics of harassment and sexual harassment in the workplace will also be explored.

Bullying and Stress Claims

The duties and obligations imposed upon an employer to provide a bullying and stress free working environment are examined and assessed.

Termination of the contract of employment

Lawful means of terminating the employment contract are discussed alongside the doctrines of unfair and wrongful dismissal. This lecture also covers termination by redundancy and the various factors involved in the redundancy process including calculation of payments and collective redundancies.

Health and Safety

This section looks at the area of health and safety legislation and current standards as expressed in legislation.

Confidentiality, Restraint of Trade, and Data Protection

This section of the course examines post- termination restrictive covenants in the context of the employment contract. Common law and statutory duties in relation to the acquisition, preservation and treatment of sensitive information – by both employers and employees.

Employment of Non-Nationals

Obligations on employers as regards the employment of non-nationals including an analysis of The Employment Permits Acts and the various types of work permits available for foreign workers.

Structure

This programme examines the duties of both employees and employers and attempts to provide students with a broad understanding of employment law issues through the analysis of existing legislation and case law. Students will attend class one evening per week. On successful completion all participants will have studied the main sources of employment law including the concept of “employee”, the design of an employment contract, equality issues including harassment in the workplace, holidays and leave entitlements, termination of contracts and redundancy issues, health & safety concerns and the effects of collective bargaining.

Career Progression Opportunities

Due to the complexity and increasing relevance of employment law in running a business today this course has a huge practical significance for individuals who are engaged in any business where employees are engaged. From an academic perspective it provides an insight and analysis of the main components of a highly specialised area of law.

Student Profile

Due to its increasing relevance this course has attracted a wide variety of participants including employers, lawyers and human resource executives.

Fees

The fee for this Diploma is €1,​325. This is inclusive of tuition, registration, exam fees and DBS library membership.This fee must be paid in full before the course begins.  View all DBS Evening Diploma Fees here.

DBS Diploma students can also avail of a wide range of facilities to assist them in every aspect of their studies, please see below for more details.

DBS Student Facilities

• Online Notes System (DBS Moodle)- is an eLearning system designed to provide you with a range of course material which will enhance and support your learning experience within DBS.
• DBS Library Aungier Street- the Library provides a programme of classes in the areas of Library resources, essay writing skills, avoiding plagiarism and referencing to assist you in your studies. 
• DBS Careers and Appointment Service- which provides a range of services for Diploma students such as career advice and workshops in CV writing and interview skills.
• Subsidised Parking- DBS provides subsidised parking arrangements for students, which provides easy access to all main public transport routes in and out of the city centre.
• Subsidised Student Canteen- Diploma students can avail of the Student Canteen which is open in the evenings and offers a wide variety of choices on its menu.

Next Steps

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Course overview

COURSE OVERVIEW 201​7

Awarding Body: 
Dublin Business School
Schedule: 1 evening per week, 6.15-8.30pm
Intake: October & February
Duration: 1​0 weeks ​Part-time

Contact Us

We are now accepting applications for programmes taking place in 2017. Contact our admissions team for more information

Email: admissions@dbs.ie
Phone: 01 417 7500
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Monday to Friday
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