Link to the University of Pittsburgh
Link to the University Library SystemContact us link
AEI Banner

Who is an Employer? WP CSDLE “Massimo D’Antona”.INT – 110/2014

Corazza, Luisa and Razzolini, Orsola (2014) Who is an Employer? WP CSDLE “Massimo D’Antona”.INT – 110/2014. [Working Paper]

[img] PDF - Published Version
Download (242Kb)


    The question “Who is an Employer?” is usually neglected in labor and employment law. On the contrary, the question “Who is an Employee?” and the problematic distinction between employees and independent contractors can be regarded as a cornerstone of labor and employment law. However, in the last decades, the profound transformations economic organizations have been experiencing have led lawyers to face to new problems related to the “employing entity”. As a consequence, the concept of employer has played an increasing dominant role either on a theoretical or on a practical level. The meaning of the concept of employer can be different among different contexts. The answer to the question “Who is an employer?” particularly varies according to the different scopes of statutory protections. In a collective labor law perspective, for instance, the problem of who is the employer deals with the scope of collective bargaining and the definition of bargaining unit, thereby involving issues such as the boundaries of the economic activity, the business sector where the firm operates and the effective control of the firm on entrepreneurial strategies. In employment law, the question “Who is the Employer?” affects the distribution of employer liabilities and obligations such as the duty to pay wages, the breach of minimum labor standards (e.g. health and safety protection), the prohibition of discrimination. Furthermore, the concept of employer needs to be discussed also in a diachronic perspective. The employer is not a “static entity”, but rather an entity that can experience a number of transformations through mergers, acquisitions, outsourcing or insourcing strategies.

    Export/Citation:EndNote | BibTeX | Dublin Core | ASCII (Chicago style) | HTML Citation | OpenURL
    Social Networking:
    Item Type: Working Paper
    Subjects for non-EU documents: EU policies and themes > Policies & related activities > employment/labour market
    Subjects for EU documents: UNSPECIFIED
    EU Series and Periodicals: UNSPECIFIED
    EU Annual Reports: UNSPECIFIED
    Series: Series > University of Catania > Department of Law, C.S.D.L.E. "Massimo D'Antona" Working Papers .INT
    Depositing User: Phil Wilkin
    Official EU Document: No
    Language: English
    Date Deposited: 15 Nov 2019 15:19
    Number of Pages: 27
    Last Modified: 16 Feb 2020 15:39

    Actions (login required)

    View Item

    Document Downloads