PG Certificate Employment Law (Part time)

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The Centre for Employment Law at the University of East Anglia Law School offers a programme of evening and full day seminars covering all aspects of individual Employment Law, leading to a Postgraduate Certificate in Employment Law.

Summary

Taught by Professor of Employment Law (and Eversheds LLP Partner) Owen Warnock, the course is designed to provide a thorough grounding in employment law for lawyers and HR practitioners. The aim is to equip those participating with a clear and comprehensive technical understanding, while at all times remembering that employment law should be seen as part of the real world of work.

This course is aimed at:

  • Anyone seeking a detailed introduction to the l…

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The Centre for Employment Law at the University of East Anglia Law School offers a programme of evening and full day seminars covering all aspects of individual Employment Law, leading to a Postgraduate Certificate in Employment Law.

Summary

Taught by Professor of Employment Law (and Eversheds LLP Partner) Owen Warnock, the course is designed to provide a thorough grounding in employment law for lawyers and HR practitioners. The aim is to equip those participating with a clear and comprehensive technical understanding, while at all times remembering that employment law should be seen as part of the real world of work.

This course is aimed at:

  • Anyone seeking a detailed introduction to the laws governing employment in the UK, but in particular:
  • Qualified lawyers wishing to work in the field of employment law
  • HR practitioners interested in acquiring a deeper and comprehensive understanding of employment law

Components

  • A series of ten evening seminars on Employment Law.
  • A full-day seminar on Unfair Dismissal and the Work of the Employment Tribunals, with an Employment Tribunal Judge
  • A full-day seminar on Resolving Employment Problems, with a senior member of ACAS
  • A 10-15,000-word Dissertation on an Employment Law topic of your choice, written under expert personal supervision
  • Option of credit transfer to the new Masters Degree LLM Employment Law

Those not wishing to gain a formal qualification may attend the ten evening seminars and/or the full-day seminars. Delegates who sign up initially for the evening seminars may transfer onto the Postgraduate Certificate up to November.

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Programme Structure

The course will cover all the major topics in what is usually called or Employment Law or Labour Law (the terms are effectively interchangeable) except Health and Safety at Work and the law relating to the administration and governance of trade unions.

NB: The seminars may be subject to change to reflect legal developments.

Seminar One: Introduction to Subject

Different forms of working relationships

  • Employee v self employed
  • The importance of the distinctions
  • Contemporary problems e.g. “casuals” and agency workers

Formation and content of employment contracts Statutory statement of terms and conditions
Implied terms
Collective agreements

Seminar Two: Continuity of Employment and Termination of Contracts

Continuity – the importance of the concept
Termination by dismissal, resignation, non-renewal, mutual consent, frustration
Rules for calculating continuity
Business transfers and outsourcing – “TUPE”
Associated employers

Seminar Three: Unfair Dismissal – Part 1

The meaning of “unfair dismissal”
General principles and eligibility
Time limits and remedies
Potentially fair reasons for dismissal
Role of procedure
ACAS Code of Practice and non statutory guidance

Seminar Four: Unfair Dismissal – Part 2

Specific areas of Unfair Dismissal

  • Conduct
  • Capability
  • SOSR
  • Statutory impossibility
  • Whistle-blowing
  • Other automatically unfair dismissals
Seminar Five: Redundancy and other Non-personal Dismissals

What is “redundancy”?
Redundancy payments – statutory and enhanced by employer
Unfair dismissal and redundancy
Changing terms of employment

Seminar Six: Collective Rights and Industrial Relations – Part 1

Collective bargaining; the legal status of collective agreements
Independence and recognition of trade unions
Information and consultation of employees under domestic and EC law

  • Redundancy consultation
  • TUPE consultation
  • Works councils and employee forums
  • European Works Councils
Seminar Seven: Wages and Working Time

Common law right to wages
Recovery of overpayments
Common law and statutory rules on deductions from wages
National Minimum Wage legislation
Working Time Regulations – working, time rest breaks and holidays

Seminar Eight: Discrimination in Employment 1

Sources of Discrimination Law; the EU dimension
Defining discrimination: direct, indirect, harassment, victimisation
Sex, sexual orientation and gender reassignment discrimination
Equal Pay
Enforcement and remedies; the burden of proof

Seminar Nine: Discrimination in Employment 2

Racial discrimination and discrimination on grounds of religion or belief
Disability discrimination: the meaning of “disability”; reasonable adjustments
Age discrimination
The positive duty to promote equality

Seminar Ten: Maternity and Parental Rights and Other Rights

Discrimination on grounds of pregnancy
Unfair dismissal and redundancy during pregnancy or maternity leave
The right to maternity leave and maternity pay
Paternity leave, adoption leave, parental leave and time off for dependants
Health and safety of pregnant workers; time off for ante natal care
The right to request flexible working
Protection of part-timers and fixed-term workers

Seminar Eleven: Collective Rights and Industrial Relations 2

Freedom of association: the right to be a union member and take part in union activities
Union membership and discipline: common law and statutory controls
Dismissal and deductions from pay for taking part in industrial action
Trade union liability for industrial disputes; the trade dispute immunities
Secondary action; picketing; strike ballots; strike notice;
The labour injunction

Day Course: Resolving Employment Problems (usually in June)

Informal dispute-resolution mechanisms: internal procedures; conciliation and the role of ACAS; arbitration and mediation; the statutory arbitration scheme
New developments: pre-claim notification to ACAS
COT 3 agreements and the disposal of claims Compromise Agreements
This seminar is led by a senior member of ACAS together with Prof Owen Warnock

Day Course: Employment Tribunal Law and Practice (usually in June)

The work of the employment tribunals

The procedure for bringing and responding to a claim; filling in the ET1 and ET3 forms; case management
Time limits, pre-hearing reviews, deposits, costs orders, withdrawal and striking-out
Preparation of witness statements and documents
Presentation of the case: evidence and submissions
This seminar is led by an Employment Tribunal Judge together with Prof Owen Warnock

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Entry Requirements Degree Subject: Relevant work/academic experience Entry Requirement

Applications will be considered from those who can demonstrate appropriate academic skills and/or with relevant work experience (eg in Human Resource Management).

Students for whom English is a Foreign language

We welcome applications from students whose first language is not English. To ensure such students benefit from postgraduate study, we require evidence of proficiency in English. Our usual entry requirements are as follows:

  • IELTS: 6.5 (minimum 6.0 in all components)
  • TOEFL: Internet-based score of 92 (minimum 19 listening, 21 speaking, 19 writing and 20 reading)
  • PTE (Pearson): 62 (minimum 55 in all components)

Test dates should be within two years of the course start date.

Other tests such as TOEIC and the Cambridge Certificate of Advanced English are also accepted by the university. Please check with the Admissions Office for further details including the scores or grades required.

INTO UEA and INTO UEA London run pre-sessional courses which can be taken prior to the start of your course. For further information and to see if you qualify please contact intopre-sessional@uea.ac.uk (INTO UEA Norwich) or pseuealondon@into.uk.com (INTO UEA London).

University of East Anglia Law School has a well-established reputation for excellence in its teaching standards and also for world class research. We are committed to supporting students both academically and pastorally and pride ourselves on creating an intellectually stimulating yet friendly environment, with small group teaching, ready access to leading academics and excellent research resources.

We offer a number of specialist taught Masters (LLM) degrees, supported by a diverse range of almost 40 modules. All courses provide foundational modules designed to give students a proper basis for learning and study in their chosen area.

Our postgraduate students come from a wide variety of geographical and personal backgrounds, and it is the vibrant and dynamic community which they create that completes the student experience. Though thriving, the postgraduate community rarely exceeds 100 each year, enabling us to offer small group teaching and thus ensuring that students have access to and benefit from the knowledge and experience of lecturers who are leaders in their field at both national and international levels. All students have their own Academic Adviser and assessment is by written assignment, examination, practical exercises and a dissertation.

A continuous control process ensures that our teaching quality continues to develop, and students have access to a number of quality-control channels including student feedback forms, debriefing meetings, and the Student Liaison Committee to help us monitor, evaluate and develop current practice.

There are many external indicators of the quality of our teaching and research; over 80% of our research has been graded to be of an "international standard" in the 2008 Research Assessment Exercise. The National Student Survey has rated us in the top 10 Law Schools in the UK every year since 2005.

Career Opportunities

Law School graduates have progressed to a wide variety of successful careers, from private practice in local and international firms to government legal departments and international organisations, from universities to industry and commerce.

The University of East Anglia provides a professional Careers Centre and, together with the School's Academic Careers Adviser, we will help students to choose their career path and develop their employability skills.

Please click to view endorsements from some of the Law School's recent graduates and to view Law School videos.

Come and Visit Us

Our Open Days will give you the opportunity to experience the University of East Anglia's unique campus atmosphere.

You will have the chance to attend subject-specific talks and presentations about student life and finance. You will also be able to talk directly to academics, admissions staff and current students giving you a first-hand impression of life at the University of East Anglia - check out the accommodation, learning resources, student support, and our sport and entertainment facilities.

If you are not able to visit us in person, check out our Virtual Open Day experience which we hope will help to provide you with an insight into life and study at the University of East Anglia.

Fees and Funding Fees for the academic year 2012/2013 will be:
  • UK/EU Students: £5,000 (full time)
  • International Students: £12,500 (full time)

International applicants from outside the EU may need to pay a deposit.

Living Expenses

Approximately £7,500 living expenses will be needed to adequately support yourself.

Scholarships and Funding

A variety of Scholarships may be offered to UK/EU and International students. Scholarships are normally awarded to students on the basis of academic merit and are usually for the duration of the period of study. Please click here for more detailed information about funding for prospective Law students.


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