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Written by the UK's pre-eminent employment lawyer, this indispensable work examines all aspects of the role of the employment relationship concentrating on the common law obligations of both employer and employee. It studies the policies and philosophies of the employment relationship - both academic and those emanating from the EU and from governmental bodies such as the DTI - responsible for shaping today's employment law landscape. * Considers the definition of 'employee' and 'worker' and the effect this has on the contractual relationship * Examines the Employment Relations Act 1999 which has dramatically changed the employment landscape * Looks at changing patterns of work, including part-time and flexible working and self-employment * Takes into account human rights and the employment relationship * Highlights the influence of EU legislation * Anticipates possible future developments.