Demarcation of representatives and intermediaries in legal relations regulated by labor law

Tyumen State University Herald. Social, Economic, and Law Research


2016, Vol. 2. №1

Demarcation of representatives and intermediaries in legal relations regulated by labor law

About the author:

Larisa V. Zaytseva, Cand. Sci. (Law), Associate Professor, Head of the Department of Labor Law and Entrepreneurship, Tyumen State University;


Representatives of the parties involved in labor and other concerned relations in some cases can perform intermediary functions. In addition, state government and local bodies in some cases of social partnership may act as representatives of employers, in others — as independent parties in negotiations, expressing public interest, whose activity according to its nature may be described as mediation and is aimed to ensure the interaction of trade unions and employers' associations. On the other hand, mediators in certain legal relations, for example, in employment can be seen as representatives of the party which was first to apply for mediation in search for a job or necessary staff. 
Confusion of a representative and a mediator may cause ineffective protection of the rights and legitimate interests of the main subjects of labor law-workers and employers. The following article discusses the problem of distinguishing functions of a representative and a mediator. The paper considers the legal status of representatives and mediators in relations regulated by labor law, as well as key criteria to distinguish these entities from each other.


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