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Employment Relations

Barney Jordaan

in Southern Cross

Published in print November 1996 | ISBN: 9780198260875
Published online March 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780191682162 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198260875.003.0013
Employment Relations

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This chapter is primarily concerned with the development of the contract of employment by the courts during the 19th and early 20th centuries and, more particularly, with those aspects of it which were most strongly influenced by English law. These were: vicarious liability; specific performance; forfeiture of wages in the event of desertion; and the employee's obligation to exercise care and skill as well as good faith in the execution of his duties. For the sake of perspective, reference is also made to instances where the courts have steered well clear of English law, for example the termination of contracts for an indefinite period and the employee's entitlement to wages during periods of illness.

Keywords: South African law; employment contract; English law; termination of contracts

Chapter.  14273 words. 

Subjects: History of Law

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