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Area of Law: Industrial law

Industrial law regulates the relations between employers and employees and their representative organisations. It concerns the prevention and People at work meetingsettlement of industrial disputes by conciliation and arbitration, or by agreement, or proscription.

Employment law is the area of law concerned with the relationship between the employer and the individual employee. It differs from industrial law. Employment law regulates the formation, performance and termination of a contract of employment as the basis of the employment relationship.

Labour law is the legal regulation of the relationship between workers and employers. The term includes the law of employment, industrial law, laws prohibiting discrimination in employment, occupational health and safety law, and workers' compensation law.

(adapted from the Encyclopaedic Australian Legal Dictionary)

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High Court judgment -  Comcare v PVYW [2013] HCA 41 (30 October 2013)
Industrial law (Cth) – Workers' compensation – Employee injured during overnight stay at motel booked by employer – Employee injured whilst engaged in activity – Employee claimed compensation for injuries under Safety, Rehabilitation and Compensation Act 1988 (Cth) – Whether employee's injuries arose in course of employment – Whether employee's injuries sustained during interval or interlude within overall period of work.

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