Employment Law and Industrial Relations

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Course Code                             :         BHRM 32123

Course Title                              :         Employment Law and Industrial Relations

Status                                         :         Compulsory

Credit Rating                            :        3

Semester                                    :        Second


Aim : To; (ii)  provide the knowledge on employee – employer relationship through better understanding on Employment Law in Sri Lanka, (ii) and enhance problem solving skills in resolving practical labour issues in order to promote better industrial relations in Sri Lanka.

Learning Outcomes : This course is specially designed to enable the students to,


  • identify and describe the conceptual background related to industrial relations in Sri Lankan context.
  • Identify the developmental aspects of IR rather than on the control aspects of IR.
  • identify and describe the legal principles governing the employment relationship both at the individual and collective level.
  • explain and analyse legal problems and issues that arise out of employment relationships.
  • apply different labour rules and regulations in resolving practical labour issues in Sri Lanka.


Course Contents  :      Part 1- History of industrial relations. Contract of       Employment. Types of employment. Industrial disputes Act. Shop and office employees Act. Wages Boards Ordinance. Payment of Gratuity Act. Employees’ Provident Fund. Employees’ Trust Fund. Trade Unions Ordinance. Termination of Employment of Workmen Act. Maternity Benefits Ordinance. Employment of Women, Young Persons and Children Act. Workmen’s Compensation Ordinance. Factories Ordinance. Principle  Just and       Equity. Domestic Disciplinary Inquiry. BOI       Standards. Conventions of ILO.

Part 11-Introduction to IR. Collective Bargaining and Negotiation. Worker Discipline. Industrial Conflict. Labour Welfare and Social Security. Workers’ participation in management, Psychological contract, Employee Emotional Handling. Worker Development.


Method of Teaching

and Learning                            : Lectures, Discussions, Case studies, Presentations.


Assessment                       : Examination, Assignments, Presentation


Recommended Readings         :

Abeysekera W.E.M. (1970). Industrial Law andAdjudication, Arasan Printers, Colombo 2.

Daver, R.S. (2008). Personal Management and Industrial Relations,Vikas Publishing House (Pvt)Ltd., Noida.

De Silva  E.B.M.(2002). What Every Employer        Should Know, Mercantile Printers, Colombo.

Gamage, P. (2012). Employment Law in Sri Lanka, Godage Publishers, Colombo.

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