EU employment law and policy

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Universidade da Coruña International Summer School 2016

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Monday, 11 July 2016 to Friday, 29 July 2016
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This course starts by examining the development of EU employment law focusing on the shift from employment law to employment policy. The course then studies rule-making in the field of employment law, considering both the traditional routes to legislation and governance techniques such as the Open Method of Coordination. The final topics look closely at the substantive area of employment law, examining the free movement of persons, equal treatment, health and safety and working conditions, the restructuring of enterprises, worker participation, and collective action. Throughout, the course addresses the fundamental question as to the purpose of EU employment law from a social and economic perspective.


Introduction: 1: The Evolution of EU 'Social' Policy. 2: Law-making in the Field of Social Policy. 3: The Employment Title and the Lisbon Strategy. | Migrant Workers: 4: Free Movement of (Economically Active) Persons and the Limitations on Free Movement. | Equality Law: 5: Equality Law: An Introduction. 6: Equal Pay. 7: Equal Treatment. 8: Family Friendly Policies. 9: Equal Treatment in Respect of Social Security and Pensions. | Health and Safety and Working Conditions: 10: Health and Safety. 11: Working Conditions. | Employee Rights on Restructuring Enterprises: 12: Transfers of Undertakings. 13: Collective Redundancies and Employees' Rights on the Employer's Insolvency. | Collective Labour Law: 14: Worker Involvement in Decision-Making. 15: Freedom of Association, Collective Bargaining, and Collective Action.

Indicative reading: 

Bercusson, B. (2009). European labour law, 2nd edition. Cambridge University Press; Barnard, C. (2012). EU employment law, 4th edition. Oxford University Press.

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