Certificate in Employment Law

Course Points
Course Duration
1 Semester
Course Level
Level 7
Course Start Date
Wednesday 25th September 2019 at 6.30pm (subject to change)

Two great reasons to consider this course

  • One of the most comprehensive accredited employment law courses offered in the North East
  • Addresses the most important employment legislation which affects every employer and every employee today

Course Summary

The Certificate in Employment Law provides an overview of the main elements of both Irish and European employment legislation as it relates to both employers and employees.

Important notice about this course


A bewildering variety of employment legislation has been passed in the last four decades dealing with virtually every aspect of the employment relationship, ranging from part-time and fixed-term work, equality and discrimination, bullying and harassment to whistle-blowing and minimum pay. As a result of the explosion in employment legislation, as well as the changing nature of contemporary work, the area has become somewhat fragmented and confusing for anyone who must deal with the individual employee and their contract of employment.

The Certificate in Employment Law is an excellent qualification which provides students with the skills and knowledge necessary to manage their employer's human resource requirements. This course addresses all of the important employment legislation which affects every employer and every employee today. This certificate will analyse the overarching features of the Irish employment law system, focusing on the sources of employment law, the individual contract of employment, the institutional framework for dispute referral and resolution.

Topics to be covered, include: An introduction to the Irish legal system

  • The contract of employment
  • Statutory employment protection
  • Unfair dismissals, including practices and procedures relating to disciplinary matters
  • Maternity, adoptive, parental and carer“s leave
  • Equality
  • Complaints, adjudication and the role of the Workplace Relations Commission and the impact of the Workplace Relations Act 2015

Student must attend a 3-hour class one evening per week (Wednesdays). Classes will include blended learning and significant online material. Assessment will be based on course work (e.g. two assignments).

€50 Application fee (refundable if you are not made an offer)
€100 Accept Offer fee (non refundable)

Balance of €350 payable by 31st October 2019

Total fee = €500

Applicants MUST already hold a QQI Level 6 qualification.

Applicants who do not meet the minimum education requirements but are 23 years or older and have relevant work experience may still apply for consideration by the Institute.

The interview assessment criteria will include education record, knowledge of and motivation to take the course, the relevancy of their work experience, an applicant’s career plan and how the course will support their career path will all be considered.

The aim of this certificate is to provide participants with a working knowledge of the theory and practice of employment law with particular reference to the individual contract of employment.

Content will focus on the legislative provisions and the appropriate adjudicating bodies that relate to the content of the individual contract of employment and the supporting compliance and enforcement provisions. Therefore this course will be of interest to employment law practitioners, i.e. employers and in particular small business owners, those working in human resource management and trade union activists; it will also be of interest to employees.

Madeleine Thornton (Head of Section (Part Time, Blended & CPD) School of Business and Humanities)
Phone: (042) 9370200 Extension 2077
Email: madeline.thornton@dkit.ie

Course ID DK_BCETL_7
Level 7
Duration 1 Semester
Credits 10
School School of Business & Humanities
Department Business Studies
Awarding Body Dundalk Institute of Technology
Fees €500.00
Starting Date Wednesday 25th September 2019 at 6.30pm (subject to change)
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