The Regulation of Supply Chains: An Australian Contribution to Cross-National Legal Learning

Russell Sage Foundation
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Rethinking Workplace Regulation: Beyond the Standard Contract of Employment, 2013, 1, pp. 233 - 252
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ONE OF the key features of the standard employment contract is a direct relationship between an employer and an employee. Labor law scholars have for some time highlighted the artificiality of this restriction on the regulatory scope of labor law, in that it excludes workers deserving of social protection but engaged under nonstandard work arrangements (for Australia, see Stewart 2002). Moreover, in the last three decades, business and government have become increasingly decentralized as a result of contracting out or outsourcing the provision of goods and services. This vertical disintegration or fragmentation of large organizations has meant that many workers are no longer directly employed by core businesses or government.
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