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Employment Law in Context

Fourth Edition

David Cabrelli

July 2020

ISBN: 9780198840312

968 pages

In Stock

Price: £47.99

A complete resource for a sophisticated understanding, including extracts from key sources and a running case study to contextualize the law.



The absolute package for students of employment law, this rigorous treatment - which includes extracts from key cases and source materials - uses a running case study to contextualize the law and actively encourages critical thinking.

  • The only employment law textbook which includes a running case study, encouraging students to consider the practical applications of the law, follow, and understand the life-cycle of a company
  • Significant cases are covered in depth with choice extracts from judgments and further academic materials, to allow students to engage with the policies, issues, and key debates
  • Takes a thorough and detailed approach to individual employment law, with chapters on collective employment law available online, providing a full and reliable guide to the subject
  • Regular in-chapter reflection points boost critical engagement with the issues and provide points for discussion
  • Also available as an e-book with functionality, navigation features, and links that offer extra learning support

New to this edition

  • Coverage of the ongoing litigation in Uber BV v Aslam on whether Uber drivers are 'workers'
  • Coverage of the decision of the UK Supreme Court in the 'gay cake' case of Lee v Ashers Baking Company Ltd (2018)
  • Further guidance from the UK Supreme Court in Trustees of Swansea University Pension Scheme v Williams (2019) on the statutory concept of 'discrimination arising from disability' in section 15 of the Equality Act 2010
  • Discussion of the ongoing Asda equal pay litigation in Asda Stores Ltd. v Brierley(2019)

About the Author(s)

David Cabrelli, Professor of Labour Law, University of Edinburgh

David Cabrelli joined Edinburgh Law School in June 2007, and has lectured and taught employment and labour law for over seventeen years. Prior to that, he was in legal practice for six years, specializing in employment, commercial and corporate law. David's research interests lie in the field of labour law, particularly the common law, and statutory regulation of the contract of employment. He has published papers in a number of leading academic journals in the field of labour law, and his research has been cited by the UK Supreme Court, The Hong Kong High Court, the Federal Court of Australia, the Supreme Court of South Australia, the Scottish Law Commission and the Law Commission.

Table of Contents

    Part 1: Introduction and Sources and Institutions of Employment Law
    1:Introduction to employment law
    2:Sources and institutions of employment law
    Part 2: The Constitution of Employment and Personal Work Contracts
    3:The employment relationship and the contract of employment
    4:Alternative personal work contracts and relations
    Part 3: The Content of the Personal Employment Contract
    5:The nature and content of the personal employment contract
    6:The implied terms of the personal employment contract
    7:The variation and suspension of the personal employment contract
    Part 4: Statutory Employment Rights
    8:Pay and working time
    9:Work-life balance
    Part 5: Equality Law
    10:Introduction to employment equality law
    11:The protected characteristics
    12:Disability discrimination
    13:Part-time and fixed-term work
    14:Equal pay law
    Part 6: Common Law and Statutory Regulation of Dismissals
    15:Wrongful dismissal
    16:Introduction to unfair dismissal and substantive fairness
    17:Procedural fairness and remedies
    Part 7: Business Reorganizations, Consultation, and Insolvency
    19:Transfer of undertakings
    20:Collective redundancies
    Online Chapters: Collective Labour Law
    Web chapter A:Information, consultation, participation, and insolvency
    Web Chapter B:Introduction to trade unions, status, listing, and independence, and members' rights and protection
    Web Chapter C:Recognition of trade unions, collective bargaining, and industrial democracy
    Web Chapter D:Industrial action and statutory immunities


"Offers undergraduate law students a holistic and transferrable account of employment law." - Anastasia Tataryn, University of Liverpool

Additional Resources

Digital formats and resources
The fourth edition is available for students and institutions to purchase in a variety of formats, and is supported by online resources.

  • The e-book offers a mobile experience and convenient access along with functionality tools, navigation features and links that offer extra learning support: www.oxfordtextbooks.co.uk/ebooks
  • The text is supported by a range of online resources, including:
    - Four supplementary chapters on collective employment law to facilitate a broader understanding of the subject
    - Additional reading lists to accompany topics signposted in each chapter and annotated web links to key online resources to direct further research
    - A flashcard glossary helps students test their understanding of terms highlighted and defined in the book
    - Answer guidance on end-of-chapter 'Reflection points'