Title

The employment relationship

Publication Type

Book Chapter

Publication Date

2010

Abstract

The employment relationship is the connection between employees and employers through which individuals sell their labor. This might consist of an immigrant day laborer paid by the bushel to pick fruit in the hot sun, a salaried manager who has been working in an air-conditioned office for the same company for 40 years, or innumerable other situations. Irrespective of situation, all employees and employers have fundamental interests they pursue through the employment relationship, all forms of this relationship are mediated by labor markets and states, and each instance of this relationship is governed by some form of a contract, ranging from explicit union contracts and civil service rules to implicit expectations and understandings. These common building blocks of the employment relationship— employees, employers, states, markets, and contracts—are the first topic of this chapter.

Keywords

unitarism, employment relationships, egoism, staff, human resource management, pluralism, employers

Discipline

Human Resources Management

Research Areas

Organisational Behaviour and Human Resources

Publication

The SAGE Handbook of Human Resource Management

First Page

51

Last Page

70

ISBN

9781412928298

Identifier

10.4135/9780857021496.n4

Publisher

SAGE

City or Country

London

Additional URL

http://doi.org/10.4135/9780857021496.n4

Comments

Chinese translation: Human resource development of China, no. 255 (September 2011), 85-95.

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