For many lawyers, the only perspective on employment relations (ER) that really matters is that gleaned through focusing on laws and legal mechanisms, the means by which rules and directives are made, by some authority, to direct behaviour and sanction deviance from established norms. Of course, as will be evident from other chapters in this section, and throughout the volume, it is clearly not only by looking at traditional legal instruments (such as constitutional provisions, presidential decrees, court decisions or acts of parliament) that we can understand the complexity of the employment relationship and how it is organised and controlled. Nonetheless, the law and the legal ...

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