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What is Employment Law?
What is employment law?

Employment law, or labour law as it is historically known, concerns regulation in the workplace. That is, it creates rights and responsibilities in the employment relationship, between employers and employees. It is often suggested that it relates to a cycle, an ever-revolving motion involving three tasks – creating, maintaining and terminating employment (Figure 1.1). It is ever-revolving, since as soon as a vacancy arises the cycle recommences.

Figure 1.1 The cycle of employment
Defining Employment Law

Employment law is often labelled as either individual, i.e. the law relating to the employer-employee relationship, or collective, i.e. the relationship between the employer, the employee and a third party, normally the government and/or trade unions.

Perspective on Employment Law

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