In this unit we examine laws that regulate work-family balance, looking at employer duties to provide 'family-friendly' working conditions and employee rights to have caring responsibilities accommodated in the workplace. We look at gender norms about work and care and how law reflects, reinforces and sometimes challenges these. The focus is on workplace laws - Fair Work Act 2009 (Cth), anti-discrimination legislation (in respect of discrimination on the basis of sex and caring responsibilities), and the Workplace Gender Equality Act 2012 (Cth). We will, however, also touch on a range of other laws that regulate work and care, including laws governing paid parental leave, social security, and tax laws (including child care subsidies and family assistance). Comparisons will be made with alternative legal regimes for work and care in other countries, such as the United States, United Kingdom, New Zealand and Sweden.
Intro Class: Apr 2 (6-8) then Apr 12, 13 and May 3, 4 (9-5)
Options: (i) class participation (10%), 1000wd assignment (25%) and 6000wd assignment (65%) or (ii) class participation (10%), 1000wd assignment (25%), class presentation (10%) and 6000wd assignment (55%)
Academic Profile https://sydney.edu.au/law/about/our-people.html. The unit is also available on a Continuing Professional Development basis https://sydney.edu.au/law/cpd/
LAWS6252 or a law degree