Smith & Wood’s Employment Law draws on the extensive teaching and practical experience of its authors to provide students with a clear explanation of essential legislation and case detail while also offering incisive academic commentary and critical detail to help with essay preparation and class work. Throughout the book, topics are carefully explained in their social and historical context, providing readers with an insight into the fast-paced development of employment law and offering perceptive analysis of its future direction. This fifteenth edition has been produced against the background of the 2019 election, the ensuing coronavirus crisis, and of course the largest elephant in the room: the continuing uncertainties of the details of our departure from the EU. Where appropriate it contains speculation as to possible effects. At the opposite end of the spectrum, this edition also contains the up-to-date case law on detailed employment law developments that continue in spite of such macro matters, for example in relation to the extent to which workers and unions have legal protection in cases involving what is generally referred to as the ‘gig economy’. In particular, the chapters on discrimination in employment, work–life balance and redundancy/reorganization and business transfers have been subject to substantial rewriting. Finally, the changes to the style and layout of the book adopted in the last two editions have been maintained and expanded upon by the addition of a ‘Context’ section at the beginning of each chapter, in order to aid accessibility for the reader, given the ever-increasing complexity of the law itself here.
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- 1. Introduction
- 2. Contracts of employment (1): status, formation, continuity, and change
- 3. Contracts of employment (2): content and wages
- 4. Discrimination in employment
- 5. The work–life balance legislation
- 6. Termination of the employment contract at common law
- 7. Unfair dismissal
- 8. Redundancy, reorganization, and transfers of undertakings
- 9. Collective labour law
- 10. Industrial action