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The Concept of the Employer

Jeremias Prassl


This work develops a functional concept of the employer in the hope of overcoming the theoretical and practical problems arising from the ascription of responsibility in fragmented employment settings. A first part analyses two conflicting strands in the received concept of the employer, simultaneously identified as a single party to a bilateral contract and defined through the exercise of a range of employer functions. As a result of this tension, full employment law coverage is restricted to a narrow paradigm scenario where a single legal entity exercises all employer functions, and fails to ... More

Keywords: employer, fragmentation of work, ascription of responsibility, multilateral employment settings, bilateral contract, employer functions, temporary agency work, corporate groups, private equity

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2015 Print ISBN-13: 9780198735533
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: June 2015 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198735533.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Jeremias Prassl, author
Associate Professor and Fellow, Faculty of Law, University of Oxford, and Magdalen College