LW7075 - Employment Practice

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What will I learn on this module?

You will learn about practice and procedure in the Employment Tribunal, a fast moving area of law, focussing on the topics which reflect the nature of employment cases encountered during pupillage. You will learn to draft a claim form, a response form and schedule of loss for claims such as unfair dismissal, wrongful dismissal, unpaid holiday pay and unauthorised deduction of wages. You will learn about the remedies available for each of the claims. You will learn about appropriate style and rules of evidence and procedure under the Employment Tribunals (Constitution and Rules of Procedure) Regulations 2013.

How will I learn on this module?

You will learn through a combination of large group sessions, small group sessions, tutor guided independent learning and self-study independent learning, identifying viable claims and feedback.

The large group sessions will be delivered to all students choosing the option and will be recorded by Panopto which is made available via the eLP. All materials will be made available electronically through the eLP.

The small group sessions, known as Student Practice Sessions (SPSs), follow a workshop model and require advance preparation where you will be given directed learning. You will be engaged in large group, small group and tutor-led discussions in the SPSs and receive feedback throughout. You will also be given the opportunity to develop practical oral and written skills such as advocacy in the employment tribunal and drafting which are based around relevant, realistic and practical scenarios. You will be given the opportunity to submit formative work in the form of drafting documents and you will be provided with detailed feedback.

Learning materials will be made available via the module dedicated eLP site and will include power point slides, lecture recordings, small group session instructions, guided reading as well as opportunities to engage with your fellow students using the eLP discussion board.

Knowledge will be consolidated through a range of learning activities that will include extended reading and research.

Independent learning will centre on you identifying further reading and research to provide deeper/broader knowledge and understanding of employment law and practice.

You will be assessed by one of the BPTC skills: drafting.

How will I be supported academically on this module?

The University is well placed to support you in learning and research with an excellent library and teaching facilities, access to on-line legal databases and resources and appropriate software.

This module will be managed by your designated Module Tutor who will be responsible for guiding you in your engagement and learning on the module. All relevant materials and instructions will be accessible on-line through the module eLP site, maintained by your Module Tutor, and will give guidance on legal skills, assessment and provide self-study materials. You may communicate with your Module Tutor by email or telephone and are encouraged to make contact if you encounter any difficulties relating to any aspect of the module.

Academic support is also available through feedback on set advance preparation of answers to self-test questions and your work in the small group sessions. You will have the opportunity to submit formative assessment and receive individual feedback on any drafts submitted to your tutor. At programme level you will be supported by the Programme Leader and PersonalTutor who will provide pastoral support throughout the module and the programme as a whole.

The Programme Administration and Student Progress teams are responsible for the non-academic administration of the module; they will contact you throughout the duration of your module with details about the centralised assessment, and other issues.

What will I be expected to read on this module?

All modules at Northumbria include a range of reading materials that students are expected to engage with. The reading list for this module can be found at: http://readinglists.northumbria.ac.uk
(Reading List service online guide for academic staff this containing contact details for the Reading List team – http://library.northumbria.ac.uk/readinglists)

What will I be expected to achieve?

Knowledge & Understanding:

• Developed knowledge and understanding of the appropriate law and procedure applicable to employment law, practice and procedure, including case management procedure in the Employment Tribunal.

Intellectual / Professional skills & abilities:
• Demonstrated the ability to apply the basic principles of employment law and best practice and the capacity to provide a professional and responsible approach to clients.
• Demonstrated the ability to draft a claim form, a response form and a schedule of loss in an employment case.

Personal Values Attributes (Global / Cultural awareness, Ethics, Curiosity) (PVA):

• Displayed a professional and responsible approach to the course, staff and other students, and to observe the Code of Practice in order to prevent exploitation of clients and preserve the integrity of the profession, maintaining the public’s trust and ensuring continuance of the provision of service

• Acted in a fashion which demonstrates awareness of diversity, and is non-discriminatory

How will I be assessed?

Summative assessment will be provided by a 3 hour open book examination in the form of one of the core Bar Professional Training Course (BPTC) skills, namely drafting of one or more documents for the Employment Tribunal.

Students receive individual formative feedback on performances in the BPTC skills during the scheduled teaching sessions. Model answers, where applicable, are made available on the eLP. Additionally, students are encouraged to discuss any issues with the tutor. Students are given the opportunity to submit at least one draft document for individual feedback.

Feedback will also be provided throughout the small group session programme individually and as a group.





Module abstract

Employment Practice examines the most common claims in employment law but which also commonly arise in the early years of pupillage. In this module you will focus on identifying potential and viable claims and how best to present the claims in pleadings. You will consider the practice and procedure for bringing and responding to claims for unfair and wrongful dismissal and other ancillary claims in the Employment Tribunal and how to minimise the risk of any costs arising. You will learn about the real cost of such claims and become aware of the different remedies available for claimants who bring successful claims for unfair and wrongful dismissal. You will learn how to interpret the law in relation to employment law and to apply it in a practical commercial context in relevant and realistic scenarios.

Course info

Credits 12

Level of Study Postgraduate

Mode of Study 1 year full-time
1 other options available

Department Northumbria Law School

Location Law and NBS Building, City Campus East

City Newcastle

Start September 2019

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