Award in Employment Law (QQI Award (Minor) Level 6– Further Education & Training (6N4322))


The course is designed to equip participants with knowledge of the key aspects of employment law and an appreciation of how employment law principles work in practice. In also provides an in-depth understanding of the statutory framework which regulates the employer/employee relationship.



To facilitate and enable learners to:

  • Understand the sources of and rationale behind current Irish employment law
  • Understand the influence of current EU employment law on Irish employment law
  • Understand current legislation and practices as it relates to individual employment rights
  • Distinguish between different contracts of employment
  • Be familiar with current Data Protection and Freedom of Information legislation and its practical application in the workplace
  • Understand current equality and diversity legislation and its application in the workplace
  • Be familiar with the role and function of the labour relations institutions and the courts
  • Understand the principles of collective bargaining
  • Understand the principles and practices of grievance and disciplinary policies and relevant case law
  • Be familiar with current health and safety legislation as it applies within the employer/employee framework
  • Understand the role and function of trade unions
  • Review case and statute law as it applies to employment legislation


General Principles of Employment Law

  • Sources of Law in Ireland
  • The Regulatory Framework
  • Explanation of key legal terms

Unfair Dismissal

  • Requirements
  • Excluded Categories
  • Redress
  • Fair reasons for dismissal
  • Wrongful and Constructive Dismissal

Institutions Associated with Regulating the Employment Relationship

  • The Labour Relations Commission
  • The Rights Commissioner Service
  • The Employment Appeals Tribunal
  • The Labour Court
  • The Equality Tribunal
  • NERA & The Labour Inspectorate
  • The Courts


  • Stages of the Discipline procedure
  • Investigation
  • Discipline Meeting & Sanctions
  • Record keeping

Contract of Employment

  • Contractual Obligations on the Employer
  • Contractual Obligations on the Employee
  • Statutory Rights of Employees
  • Contract Terms
  • Types of Contracts

Equality and Diversity

  • Equal Status Acts
  • ‘Nine Grounds’
  • Irish Policy regarding Equality & Diversity
  • Bullying and Harassment

Health and Safety

  • Recent Statistics
  • H&S legislation
  • Duty of Employers
  • Safety Statement
  • Risks and Hazards
  • HAS


  • Collective Redundancy
  • Consultation
  • Employee Rights
  • Fair reasons for Redundancy
  • Selection for Redundancy
  • Avoiding Redundancies

Data Protection

  • Codes of Practice
  • Office of Data Commissioner
  • FOI
  • Security of Personal Data
  • The Eight Rules of Data Protection

Collective Employment Law

  • Industrial Relations
  • Employee Relations
  • Union Recognition
  • Union Membership
  • Industrial Sanctions
  • Collective Bargaining
  • Social partnership

Business Ethics

  • Ethics and Morality
  • Ethics and the Law
  • Ethical Issues
  • Corporate Responsibility
  • CSR


All assessments are carried out in accordance with QQI regulations:

  • Examination (Theory-based)         40%
  • Assignments (2)                            60%


Award in Employment Law (6N4322) – QQI Level 6

A Certificate of Achievement will be issued to successful learners following the validation of results by QQI and the appropriate credits under the National Framework of Qualifications will be awarded. 


There are no specific entry requirements however learners should preferably have a good working knowledge of English, have a leaving certificate or equivalent qualification and / or relevant life and work experiences.