The Concept of the Employer

The Concept of the Employer

By (author) 

Free delivery worldwide

Available. Dispatched from the UK in 10 business days
When will my order arrive?

Not expected to be delivered to the United States by Christmas Not expected to be delivered to the United States by Christmas


Employment law has increasingly struggled to adapt to complex modern work arrangements, from agency work to corporate groups. This book suggests that the reason for this failure can be found in our concept of the employer, which has become riddled with internal contradictions in its search for a unitary employer, the counterparty to a bilateral contract, through a series of multi-functional tests focussed on the exercise of a range of employer functions. As a result
of this tension, full employment law coverage is restricted to a narrow scenario where a single legal entity exercises all employer functions - a paradigm far from the reality of modern labour markets characterized by a fragmentation of work, from the rise of employment agencies and service companies
to corporate groups and Private Equity investors.

These problems can only be addressed by a careful reconceptualization and the development of a functional concept of the employer. The book draws on existing models in English, German, and European law to develop a definition of the employer as the entity, or combination of entities, exercising functions regulated in a particular domain of employment law. Each of the two strands of the current concept is addressed in turn to demonstrate how a more openly multi-functional approach can
successfully overcome the rigidities of the current notion without abandoning a coherent underlying framework. It fills a crucial gap in employment law and corporate law with its analysis of the defects in our current understanding of the employer, and in developing a new functional concept designed to
overcome the problems identified.
show more

Product details

  • Paperback | 288 pages
  • 156 x 233 x 16mm | 430g
  • Oxford, United Kingdom
  • English
  • Reprint
  • 0198796145
  • 9780198796145
  • 1,109,291

Table of contents

show more

Review quote

A helpful and fruitful analysis of a wide range of cases, official reports, and scholarly literature ... Prassl argues his case with great learning and panache. * Hugh Collins, Vinerian Professor, University of Oxford * This book is a highly readable and thought-provoking account of the idea of the employer in contemporary labour law from an analytical and normative perspective. Written by an extremely able young scholar specialising in the field of labour law, the breadth of insight and research is truly remarkable at times. * David Cabrelli, The Modern Law Review * Prassl's conceptual contribution to a functional understanding of the employer and his catholic methodological approach to sociolegal analysis is pathbreaking. * Judy Fudge, Industrial Law Journal *
show more

About Jeremias Prassl

Jeremias Prassl is an Associate Professor in the Faculty of Law, University of Oxford, and an Official Tutorial Fellow at Magdalen College. He read law at the Universities of Oxford and Paris II (MA, DPhil) as well as Harvard Law School (LL.M.). Prassl's primary research interests are in the fields of employment law, company law, and EU law.
show more