Fundamentals of Employment Law

Gain the fundamentals of employment law so you can confidently handle common employment issues that arise on a day-to-day basis.


2 days

Face to face


Everyone in the workforce needs to know about employment law. What are your rights and what are the rights of the people you work for and with?

Gain the essentials of employment law with this outcomes driven, principles-led and evidence based course. We’ll take you through the journey from creating an employment relationship to its lawful maintaining and termination of employment. Created by leading UK employment law specialists, this course enables you to handle the common employment issues that arise on a day-to-day basis in a confident and professional manner.

It gives you a good foundation for effectively responding to many of the issues you may encounter in your career. Topics include recruitment, contract types, discrimination, family-friendly rights, absence from work as well as grievance and disciplinary procedures and dismissals.

All CIPD Learning courses will automatically provide you with access to the CIPD Learning Hub, our online learning platform, for 24 months.

The hub will house your course content, as well as useful resources, tools, and a community of professionals that you can tap into to support your learning and continual development.


This course helps you to confidently explain key regulations and ensure they are embedded in an organisation’s culture and practices:

  • within creating the employment relationship
  • within maintaining the employment relationship
  • within terminating the employment relationship.

Is this course right for me?

If you are in an HR support role, or a line manager involved in implementing your organisation's policies and procedures, this course will give you a crucial introduction to the essentials of employment law. It is particularly suitable for those starting out in their HR career or new to people management. No prior knowledge of employment law is required.

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