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An Employer (of an Actor) is a party on whose behalf a (human or non-human) actor (called an employee of that party) might execute actions. Typically, that would be the result of the the party having (successfully) onboarded the actor.
In practice, the term 'employer' often implies a party that has onboarded one or more people. In our way of thinking, however, this meaning is too limited. Here are some examples of parties that also qualify in the role of employer:
- a person (as an party) is always an employer of itself (as a actor);
- a party that controls a technical component (an actor, that is then also onboarded), also qualifies as an employer of that component.
- a party that has mandated an actor (human or non-human) for executing certain actions on its behalf, qualifies as an employer of that actor.
The Parties, Actors and Actions pattern provides an overview of how this concept fits in with related concepts.