Masters, Servants, and Magistrates in Britain and the Empire, 1562-1955

Masters, Servants, and Magistrates in Britain and the Empire, 1562-1955

Master and servant acts, the cornerstone of English employment law for more than four hundred years, gave largely unsupervised, inferior magistrates wide discretion over employment relations, including the power to whip, fine, and imprison men, women, and children for breach of private contracts with their employers. The English model was adopted, modified, and reinvented in more than a thousand colonial statutes and ordinances regulating the recruitment, retention,… (more)

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Publisher: The University of North Carolina Press (October 12, 2005)

Collection: Studies in Legal History

Page count: 608 pages

Language: English


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