Job security or employment security: What's in a name?

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Abstract

The main aim of the article is to survey and conceptualize the place of employment security in labour law, and to explore a number of important legal questions relating to this concept. After scrutinizing the notion of employment security, the author endorses the view that job security that exists on the basis of dismissal law is more complex than reform proposals usually suggest. In addition, the author argues that dismissal protection serves other goals and interests than job security alone and that these aspects of dismissal protection legislation cannot be replaced by (an increased) employment security (coupled with income security). A further development of true employment security can, however, certainly complement job security and benefit workers, since they have never had absolute job security and this job security seems to be eroding.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)548-575
Number of pages28
JournalEuropean Labour Law Journal
Volume7
Issue number4
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2016

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Keywords

  • dismissal law
  • Flexicurity
  • employability
  • EU employment policy
  • fundamental social rights

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