Few areas of South African law have undergone more frequent and dynamic changes in recent years than the law relating to employment. The situation with regard to labour relations in the education sphere is not very different: litigation is on the increase as more educators become aware of their labour rights. Therefore the main aim of this publication was to clarify the most important labour relations that influence the daily life of School Governing Bodies and educators employed by them. The School Governing Body as employer and educators as employees are described with special emphasis on their direct labour relationship, based on interdependence. Various Acts that have an influence on this unique relationship are identified. We planned this publication to provide an educational-juridical perspective of the employer-employee relationship between School Governing Bodies and educators by means of a literature study and empirical non- experimental descriptive research.