Diploma in Employment Law



Next course commencing: Wednesday, 26 September 2018

Duration: 10 weeks, 1 evening per week from 6.30 to 9.30pm

Course fee: classroom-based €945 (or €995 if paying the course fee in instalments), online €845 (or €895 if paying the course fee in instalments)
Non-EU students: €1,295

A fee of £76 will be payable to The Institute of Commercial Management on successful completion of this course.

Multi-Course Discount: Students who register for two or more  classroom-based courses can do so at a fee of €895 per course.

Awarding body:  The Institute of Commercial Management (ICM)

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This course will provide students with an overview of the salient aspects of employment law applicable at each stage of the life cycle of the employment relationship.  This will include the theory, key pieces of legislation and relevant case law to highlight the practical application of employment law to the employment relationship.  The course will enable delegates to understand the legal environment within which the employment relationship exists.

This course is suitable for HR professionals who advise line managers on a range of employee issues, line managers who want to further understand the mutual obligations of the employer and employee, business owners who do not have a HR function and need to understand their obligations under employment law, HR professionals who work in the US or UK and have responsibility for an Irish operation/ subsidiary.

Students will gain a greater understanding of the many legal facets of the employment relationship and will be able to understand the legal obligations of managing the employment lifecycle from inception to end, and identify and minimise problems that arise throughout the course of the employment lifecycle.

  • Dominic Wilkinson Barrister-at-Law FCIPD FCIArb MIITD

    Dominic is a practising Barrister and has specialised in the area of employment law and dispute resolution.  He holds post graduate qualifications in Arbitration Law and Human Resource Management.  He also works as a HR Consultant.  He has worked with a range of organisations, unionised and non-unionised, in the public and private sector in Ireland and the UK.  He has delivered lectures and training seminars and has published articles on a range of employment topics.


  • Part 1 – The Beginning
    Subject Areas: Advertising, Applications, Screening, Interviewing, Selection, Offer of Employment, Medicals, References, Employee Handbook
    The Legal Issues:  Employee v Independent Contractor, Employment Equality Acts, Data Protection Acts, Fixed Term Worker, Part Time Worker, Contract Law, Common Law, Constitution, Terms and Conditions of Employment, Implied and Express Terms, Collective Bargaining

    Part 2 – Normal Lifecycle Events
    Subject Areas: Hours of Work, Leave Types, Leave Requests, Wages/Salary, Performance Reviews, Promotions & Transfers, Communication/Consultation, Privacy and Confidentiality
    The Legal Issues:  Working Time Limits,  Maternity/Parental/Adoptive/Carer’s Leave, Annual Leave/Public Holidays, Authorised v Unauthorised Leave, Provision of Information, Variation of the Contract of Employment

    Part 3 – Conflict in the Workplace
    Subject Areas: Grievances, Complaints of Bullying/Harassment/Sexual Harassment, Performance Management, Absenteeism/Ill Health, Discipline, Whistle-blowing
    The Legal Issues: Codes of Practice, Investigations, Proper and Fair Procedures, Health and Safety, Stress/Occupational Injury, Unfair Dismissal Acts, Mediation, Human Rights

    Part 4 – The End of the Employment Relationship
    Subject Areas: Resignation, Cessation of Contract Purpose, Dismissal, Redundancy, Transfer of an Undertaking
    The Legal Issues: Contractual Obligations – Covenants, Fixed Term Workers, Notice Periods, Actual v Constructive Dismissal, Fair/Unfair Dismissal, Wrongful Dismissal

    Part 5 – Dispute Resolution post Termination
    Subject Areas: Mediation, Statutory Bodies, The Courts
    The Legal Issues: Unfair Dismissal, Breach of Contract, Judicial Review, Injunctions, Damages

  • Why City Colleges?

    • Courses for students who are passionate about their subject, delivered by leaders in their field.
    • Live lectures which are also streamed live on Moodle and recorded for review
    • City centre location in South Great George’s Street, convenient for bus, LUAS, DART
    • Southside Dublin location in Dundrum
    • Study rooms and library in our City Centre and Dundrum locations
    • Limited class size
    • Parking
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