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Labour, employment and anti-discrimination law

Social inclusion and the regulation of work in all its forms

Our scholars in labour and anti-discrimination law undertake a diverse range of projects, using a range of research methods: theoretical, doctrinal and empirical.

Labour law involves the regulation of work. Every day in a variety of ways, individuals interact with the labour market – as workers, employees and engagers of labour. How labour markets, and labour market actors, are regulated, forms the basis of labour law. This encompasses the law of contract (how work is engaged), and many layers of statutory regulation impacting the provision of minimum standards for workers, the rights and obligations of workers when acting collectively through trade unions or in other forms, laws protecting labour market actors in asserting their rights and how labour laws are enforced. 

Anti-discrimination law is designed to protect the rights of individuals to engage in civil society free from discrimination because of protected attributes such as pregnancy, race, gender or disability. The protections apply to all working people in their interactions with the labour market, but also extend to other aspects of civil society engagement.  

Our work

The research produced by members of the labour law and anti-discrimination group is diverse, and includes both normative and theoretical analysis, along with doctrinal and empirical study. Further, across members of the research cluster, our research extends over many areas of labour law and anti-discrimination including:

  • the employment/work divide
  • restraint of trade clauses in employment contracts
  • regulating work outside of employment
  • collective bargaining
  • the regulation of industrial action
  • freedom of association
  • equality and gender equity
  • and work-family conflict.

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