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Unlocking Employment Law by Chris Turner

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1The origins of modern employment law

Aims and Objectives

After reading this chapter you should be able to:

  • ■ Understand where regulation of employment practices originated
  • ■ Understand the very different patterns of work that emerged with the growth of industrialism
  • ■ Understand how and why as a result more specific regulation developed in the wake of the Industrial Revolution both by statute and through the common law
  • ■ Understand how and why employment protection through legislation emerged in the twentieth century
  • ■ Understand the reasons for advances and reductions in employment rights in the modern employment context
  • ■ Be able to critically appreciate the historical development of laws on employment

1.1 The origins of the regulation of ...

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