Did Romans know about an employment contract?

Roman employment contract Yes or No?

roman contractsSince antiquity it shows that demonstrably employment was subject of a legal regulation. In Roman law the service contract (locatio conductio operarum) only a minor role due to widespread slave labor.

Nevertheless, it did exist! In the ‘location conductio operarum’ performance and reward were regulated, ie compensation in the form of money or in natural produce – food, working hours, the duration of the employment relationship or free days were defined in the Roman employment for example. Also “penalties” for absence from work or late payment of wages by the employer were already subject.

The employee had to the deal with the risk of illness. Health insurance did not exist at that time. In the Roman Empire private law trials in cases of dispute, were already there. Also training contracts. The traditional working conditions seemed tolerable.

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