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Employment Law

An Introduction

Fifth Edition

Stephen Taylor and Astra Emir

03 April 2019

ISBN: 9780198806752

616 pages

In Stock

Price: £47.99

The most student-focused textbook to guide the non-specialist through the law's technicalities



A complete and practical introduction to employment law for the workplace written with human resources and business students in mind. Conversational and contextual, the authors guide readers through this technical subject supportively.

  • A complete introduction to employment law for business and human resources students, written in a conversational style helping students unfamiliar with the law to engage with this technical area
  • Written by authors with a wealth of experience in teaching, examining, and practising employment law to ensure students receive a firm and accurate grounding in the topics
  • 'Activity' feature engages readers with realistic and practical examples enabling them to see the law in action and think independently about issues that they may face in the workplace
  • 'Exhibit' boxes outline key case examples and academic debates, effectively emphasising the leading legal principles
  • Unique Part on law in action, which walks students through the employment tribunal procedure and how to prepare and present a case, equipping them with practical skills for beyond their studies

New to this edition

  • Updated coverage on key case law including Mohamud v WM Morrison Supermarkets (2016) concerning vicarious liability
  • Treatment of Pimlico Plumbers v Smith (2018) and Uber v Aslam (2017) regarding employment status
  • Consideration of USDAW v Woolworths (in administration) (2015) in relation to redundancy consultation
  • R (on the application of UNISON) (Appellant) v Lord Chancellor (Respondent) [2017] and its impact on tribunal fees

About the Author(s)

Stephen Taylor, CIPD Chief Examiner and Senior Lecturer in Human Resource Management, University of Exeter Business School, and Astra Emir, Barrister-at-Law

Stephen Taylor is CIPD Chief Examiner and Senior Lecturer in Human Resource Management at the University of Exeter Business School.

Astra Emir is a barrister specialising in employment, transport and regulatory law, among other areas. She is an examiner and visiting lecturer at various institutions and is the author of Selwyn's Law of Employment (2018, OUP) and Transport Operator Licensing (2017, Kogan Page).

Table of Contents

    Part I: Foundations
    1:The rise of employment law
    2:Sources of employment law and institutions
    3:Barriers to employment rights
    Part II: The Contract of Employment
    4:Unfair dismissal - reasons and remedies
    5:Unfair dismissal - reasonableness
    7:Contractual employment rights
    8:Implied terms
    9:Wrongful and constructive dismissal
    Part III: Discrimination Law
    10:Introducing discrimination law
    11:The Equality Act 2010: key concepts
    12:Age Discrimination
    13:Disability discrimination
    14:Race discrimination
    15:Religious discrimination
    16:Sex discrimination
    17:Sex - related characteristics (gender reassignment, marital status, pregnancy, sexual orientation)
    18:Equal pay
    19:Atypical workers
    Part IV: Employment Policy and Practice
    20:Family-friendly statutes
    21:Wages and benefits
    22:Privacy and confidentiality
    Part V: Health and Safety
    24:Health and safety - the criminal law
    25:Health and safety - the civil law
    26:Working time
    Part VI: Collective Employment Law
    27:Freedom of association
    28:Consultation and bargaining
    29:Industrial action
    Part VII: Employment Law in Action
    30:Employment tribunal procedure
    31:Preparing and presenting a case


"The written style supports and underpins an awareness and application of the essential principles surrounding employment law for human resources, business and management students. " - Stephen Dale, Senior Teaching Fellow in Law, University of Surrey

Additional Resources

This book is accompanied by online resources including multiple-choice-questions with instant feedback for students and additional case studies and questions for lecturers.

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