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At the Frontiers of Labour Law and Corporate Law: Enterprise Bargaining, Corporations and Employees


Jennifer G. Hill


University of Sydney - Faculty of Law; Centre for International Finance and Regulation (CIFR); European Corporate Governance Institute (ECGI)


Federal Law Review, Vol. 23, p. 204, 1995

Abstract:     
Corporate law and labor law have traditionally been segregated fields, yet recent developments in corporate governance have brought these two areas of law closer together.

There has been an international trend toward decentralization of collective bargaining power in recent years. Mirroring this international trend, a major paradigm shift occurred in Australian labor law during the last decade, with the introduction of an enterprise bargaining regime in the mid-1990s and further major reforms in 2005. These reforms accord virtually no significance to the issue whether an employer is a corporation, continuing the historical segregation between labor law and corporate law.

This article attempts to bring these two legal fields into proximity, by arguing that the corporate status of employees is of vital significance. The article examines a range of ways under contemporary corporate governance principles in which employee interests might be protected from within the enterprise - either through the medium of fiduciary duties or through participating rights in the governing of the corporation itself.

Number of Pages in PDF File: 22

Keywords: Corporate law, labor law, corporate governance, comparative corporate governance, shareholders, employees, enterprise bargaining, industrial democracy, workers, fiduciary duties, labor representation, labour law.

JEL Classification: D70, G30, G34, J38, J 44, K22, K 31, K 33, M14

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Hill, Jennifer G., At the Frontiers of Labour Law and Corporate Law: Enterprise Bargaining, Corporations and Employees. Federal Law Review, Vol. 23, p. 204, 1995. Available at SSRN: http://ssrn.com/abstract=902023

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Jennifer G. Hill (Contact Author)
University of Sydney - Faculty of Law ( email )
Faculty of Law Building, F10
The University of Sydney
Sydney, NSW 2006
Australia
+61 2 9351 0280 (Phone)
+61 2 9351 0200 (Fax)

Centre for International Finance and Regulation (CIFR) ( email )
Level 7, UNSW CBD Campus
1 O'Connell Street
Sydney, NSW 2000
Australia
European Corporate Governance Institute (ECGI)
c/o ECARES ULB CP 114
B-1050 Brussels
Belgium
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