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Contract for work/labor
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1. Definition

In a contract for work/labor (Latin, locatio conductio operis) in the early modern period, one contracting party (Contract [private law]) (the employee, contractor) undertook to perform a specific work for the other contracting party (the employer, commissioner). The contract for work/labor differed from a service contract, which stipulated only a specific, ongoing activity on the part of the employee. The work that the contractor owed the commissioner…

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Löhnig, Martin, “Contract for work/labor”, in: Encyclopedia of Early Modern History Online, Editors of the English edition: Graeme Dunphy, Andrew Gow. Original German Edition: Enzyklopädie der Neuzeit. Im Auftrag des Kulturwissenschaftlichen Instituts (Essen) und in Verbindung mit den Fachherausgebern herausgegeben von Friedrich Jaeger. Copyright © J.B. Metzlersche Verlagsbuchhandlung und Carl Ernst Poeschel Verlag GmbH 2005–2012. Consulted online on 10 December 2023 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/2352-0272_emho_COM_030291>
First published online: 2015
First print edition: 20170206

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