Changes in Dutch Labour law could signpost the way forward in the EU

Engagement, Flexibility and Responsibility – The new mantra for Europe?

As published in The Law Society 6th August 2014

As part of meeting the challenges of coming out of global recession, European Union governments and employers are faced with addressing three mutually inter-dependent pillars of the new emerging form of the capital – regulatory -  labour paradigm namely engagement (either collectively or individually); flexibility – (in relation to the way in which work is performed and under what type of relationship) and responsibility (namely issues of discrimination, liability, safe systems of work, remuneration). 

The concept of flexibility is one which has recently come to the forefront.  Flexibility can cover a multitude of relationship frameworks including fixed term contracts, part time contract workers, agency and casual workers. EU governments have increasingly considered such models to be useful in providing capital and employers room plan and adapt to emerging economic developments. A number of questions are now coming into sharper focus to ensure that such flexibility is not abused and has the unintended ramification of creating social dislocation, hence drawing on the pillar of responsibility to balance excessive flexibility.

Law Soc 6 Aug

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