The idea of two different sets of laws as regards the labour law and the employment law is not always an attractive one for many. In fact, the idea of combining two completely different laws can be a very confusing. However, this concept can not be understood in a short amount of time.
The concept is quite simple – a good picture of the two laws will give one an understanding of how they work and the difference between them. This article is a brief introduction to this concept.
Defining the Work Place
The definition of the work place is well known. In the eyes of the law, there is no distinction between the work place and the actual place where people work.
The workplace is where a person works. Thus, any place where a person works is the workplace. A place where a person works includes any part of a building, such as office, factory, construction site, auto repair shop, construction site, and so on.
The law further extends the work place to include any part of a building that is a legal separation from the workplace. Thus, even the basement and the garage are considered as part of the workplace.
The work that is done at the workplace is something the law refers to as work. This work is done for the benefit of the employer and the workers. That is the reason why the work done by a worker can be said to be that of an employee.
The Work Itself
Work is defined in the Labour Code, the workplace code and the employment code. The definition of work according to these codes is the same as that set out in the definition of work in the National Labor Relations Act.
A professional’s work is in the employment law whereas a lawyer’s work is in the Labour Code. As you can see, there is a difference in the nature of the work done by different types of workers. However, there is a great deal of similarity between the laws which govern the work done by workers.
The Difference Between the Two Laws
The difference between the two is that the work of lawyers is done in the employment law while the work of a lawyer is done in the labour law. As a result, lawyers are often referred to as work-at-law professionals. Since lawyers do not have the right to be called employees, it is quite natural for them to be referred to as work-at-law professionals.
In order to understand the difference between the work of a lawyer and that of a labourer, one has to examine the difference between the work of labourers and the work of a labourer. A labourer is a worker who does the job of performing manual tasks on a piece of land or on a piece of property. That is what is meant by manual labour.
His work is said to be hand-to-hand labour because the work is done on the land or on the property. Similarly, a labourer’s work is a combination of both manual labour because it is done in combination with a work called manual work.