Towards a new web of rules: An international review of institutional experimentation to strengthen employment protections

The purpose of this paper is to review “institutional experimentation” for protecting workers in response to the contraction of the standard employment relationship and the corresponding rise of “non-standard” forms of paid work.

The paper draws on the existing research and knowledge base of the authors as well as a thorough review of the extant literature relating to: non-standard employment contracts; sources of labour supply engaging in non-standard work; exogenous pressures on the employment relationship; intermediaries that separate the management from the control of labour; and entities that subvert the employment relationship.

Post-war industrial relations scholars characterised the traditional regulatory model of collective bargaining and the standard employment contract as a “web of rules”. As work relations have become more market mediated, new institutional arrangements have developed to govern these relations and regulate the terms of engagement. The paper argues that these are indicative of an emergent “patchwork of rules” which are instructive for scholars, policymakers, workers’ representatives and employers seeking solutions to the contraction of the traditional regulatory model.

Wright, C. F., Wood, A. J., Trevor, J., McLaughlin, C., Huang, W., Harney, B., ... & Brown, W. (2019). Towards a new web of rules: An international review of institutional experimentation to strengthen employment protections. Employee Relations: The International Journal, 41(2), 313-330.

Metadata

  • 2019
  • Research publication
  • employment status, legal issues, social protection
  • English
  • Qualitative research
  • Open access
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