Common employment was an historical defence in English tort law that said workers implicitly undertook the risks of being injured by their co-workers, with whom they were in "common employment". The US labor law terminology was the "fellow servant rule".
It was abolished altogether by the Law Reform (Personal Injuries) Act 1948 in the United Kingdom.
- 45 Mass. 49 (1842)
- freedictionary.com's article.
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