14 January 2013
Young people with disabilities or health problems face particular difficulties in accessing employment. Active inclusion policy is seen as the most appropriate policy instrument for combating the exclusion of these young people from the labour market. This study examines the implementation of active inclusion policy at national level in 11 EU Member States. The study reviews policy in these countries and compiles information from 44 case studies of good practice among diverse and innovative service providers. The study concludes that policy and practice need to focus more keenly on these young people, to learn from available evidence, and to take a more joined-up approach to service delivery.
22 October 2012
The disability policy of the Irish Government has undergone radical change in the past decade, and is still changing. Underlying this transformation has been a change in philosophy towards mainstreaming in relation to all services for people with disabilities, especially in the fields of education, training, welfare and employment. There has also been a commitment to reorganise and improve services with a view to meeting this goal of mainstreaming, but the recent recession has reduced the resources available for upgrading services. In addition, a major reorganisation is taking place in the State Training and Employment Agency (FÁS), the final outcome of which is not yet clear.
26 August 2012
Changes in the world of work pose significant challenges to the provision of both occupational health and health promotion. This publication details the results of a project that looked at new approaches to workplace health issues.
26 August 2012
Over nearly a decade, the Foundation has led a Europe-wide programme of research, policy development and training for workplace health promotion (WHP). In this time the Foundation has commissioned the largest single research programme on WHP to take place in Europe and possible anywhere in the world. As part of this programme work has been carried out in four phases in the areas of research, policy training and dissemination of training. This brochure provides an overview of this work. In addition, this brochure describes some of the major developments in the area which have taken place during this period in Europe.
01 February 2010
This report reviews the evidence to support the contention that increasing numbers of young people (16 - 34 years) are entering the disability benefits system. It attempts to place this evidence within the context of the many factors that are known to influence the economic activity and labour market participation of young people with disabilities. The study also aims to document any measures targeted at young people with health problems to promote labour market inclusion and the ways in which these systems operate and interact. It makes specific reference to active inclusion measures, including the role of social, health and employment services, as well as educational systems and social partners.
Tackling the increased take-up of incapacity benefit by young people in the European Union: Workshop report
28 September 2009
The main aim of the workshop was to examine the rise in the number of young people claiming disability benefits. In many EU Member States, there is increasing policy concern about the growing numbers of young people who are entering long-term disability schemes. It appears that the nature of the illnesses which qualify people for these benefits is changing, with evidence of growing numbers of people categorised as disabled due to mental health problems.
Employment and labour market policies for an ageing workforce and initiatives at the workplace - National overview report: Ireland
10 November 2007
This report looks at the evolution of initiatives related to older employees undertaken by selected organisations (case studies) in Ireland over the last decade. It reviews the following points: main impacts of measures/initiatives at the company level; driving forces for implementing good practice at the company level; characteristics of particularly successful measures/policies; key lessons that can be drawn from implementing measures and initiatives; future issues concerning age-management raised at company level; development of national policy concerning an ageing workforce; relevant actions of social partners and other key actors: policies and practices; and, finally, the status of the issue of older workers in current policy and public debates: identification of future issues.
15 October 2007
The first EMCC company network seminar of 2007 addressed the issue of diversity management practices in enterprises and was hosted by Schneider Electric in Paris. Five companies from France, Ireland, Spain and Sweden reported on their practice. Fifty delegates participated enthusiastically in discussions on the practicalities and difficulties of implementing diversity management in the workplace.
07 December 2006
The number of people on long-term disability benefits in Europe is rising and this group is particularly at risk of social exclusion. Although many of those away from work for a long period due to illness or injury would like to rejoin the workforce, very few actually do so in practice. This situation means that potential workers are absent from the labour market and there is pressure on social security systems. One of the key strategies for reversing this trend and helping long-term benefit claimants to return to work is a system of effective employment guidance and counselling services. By looking at case studies in 10 Member States, this report identifies examples of good practice in employment services for people who have become disability claimants in the course of their working lives. It concludes that there is overall a lack of awareness of the specific needs of people on longterm disability benefits and a need for a wider range of initiatives specially targeted at this group.
26 July 2006
The situation of people who are absent from work for a long period due to illness or injury and who have become long term disability claimants during their working lives constitutes an issue that is often ignored or absent from political discourse. This heterogeneous group of people is important because it consists predominantly of older workers, generally not supported by services that could assist in their return to work. If the targets of the European labour market are to be met with regard to the employment of older workers, these people should constitute a major target group for reintegration into the workforce.