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Managing Human Resources, 3rd Edition by Chloe Mailer, Alan Cowling

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8 The legal framework of employment

            Brenda Barrett

A manager with responsibilities for human resources cannot ignore the legal framework of employment. There is a great volume of employment law and it is both complex and subject to frequent change. This chapter can only outline the law sufficiently to alert managers to the circumstances in which they may need to seek expert advice. It must be understood that the broad rules set out here may be subject to qualifications which might modify their operation in particular situations.

8.1 The legal system in Britain

To understand employment law it is necessary to have some knowledge of the legal system. Strictly speaking, laws are enforceable only within the jurisdiction to which they apply ...

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