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Regulating Employment Relations, Work and Labour Laws. International Comparisons between Key Countries

Edited by Greg J. Bamber, Philippe Pochet,
Series edited by Roger Blanpain†


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The complexity of employment arrangements in various countries tends to make it difficult to understand them. Nevertheless, it is important to ‘take stock’ periodically, particularly from an internationally comparative perspective. This remarkable book is a giant step in that direction. It is especially valuable in the context of increasing globalisation.

For each of nine key jurisdictions – the European Union, Germany, Sweden, United Kingdom, United States of America, Canada, New Zealand, Australia and Japan – experts present detailed information and analysis on key issues, shedding valuable light on trends in such specific areas of employment relations as the following:

• atypical work and flexible work arrangements;

• dispute settlement procedures such as negotiation, conciliation, mediation, arbitration and other forms of governmental or judicial intervention;

• job security, anti-discrimination and gender equality;

• recognition of unions and employers’ associations and forms of employee representation;

• how collective bargaining is regulated, whom the collective agreements cover and what they contain;

• parental leave and childcare policy;

• the capacity of individual agreements to override or not override collective agreements;

• minimum wage levels;

• overtime and shift work; and

• paid leave entitlements.

As a general framework, Part 1 offers an insightful summary of the underpinnings of current analysis of globalization, including discussion of the varieties of capitalism thesis, the divergence/convergence debate (with its models of bipolarization, clustering and hybridization), and elements of historical and political-economic path dependency in various cultures.

The information gathered here furthers understanding of the increasing ‘disconnect’ between the prevailing institutional framework for employment relations and the sweeping changes that are taking place in the world of work. With this book’s analysis, practitioners and policymakers will be able to overcome their dated assumptions and more effectively accommodate each others’ interests in the face of the complex mix of continuity and change that they are confronting.

The team of authors are experts in these countries. They are active in policy or legal analysis, business and/or scholarship.

Last Updated 04/01/2010
Update Frequency As Needed
Product Line Kluwer Law International
ISBN 9789041131997
SKU 10059439-0001
Table of Contents

Notes on Guest Editors and Lead Authors

Notes on Other Authors


List of Abbreviations


Part I Frameworks for Internationally Comparative Analysis

Debates about Convergence and Divergence

Varieties of Capitalism

Future Challenges

Part II An International Review of Key Jurisdictions

European Union



United Kingdom

United States of America


New Zealand



Part III An International Review of Key Issues

Chapter 1 Work and Family

Chapter 2 Individual Agreements

Chapter 3 Non-standard Employment

Chapter 4 Minimum Wage Levels

Chapter 5 Working Time

Chapter 6 Paid Leave Entitlements

Chapter 7 Employment Protection

Chapter 8 Dispute Settlement Procedures

Chapter 9 Freedom of Association and Representative Organizations

Chapter 10 Collective Bargaining and Collective Industrial Action: Coverage and Legal Framework