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Eurofound publishes its work in a range of publication formats to match audience needs and the nature of the output. These include flagship reports on a particular area of activity, research reports summarising the findings of a research project and policy briefs presenting policy pointers from research projects or facts and figures relevant to policy debates. Also included are blog articles, regular articles on working life in Europe, presentations, working papers providing background material to ongoing or already concluded research, and reports arising from ad hoc requests by policymakers. Other corporate publications include annual reports, brochures and promotional publications. Web databases and online resources such as data visualisation applications are available in Data and resources.


  • Impact of parenthood on careers of young men and women

    The third wave of the ‘Generation 98’ survey (in French) [1], conducted by the Centre for Studies and Research on Qualifications (Centre d’Études et de Recherches sur les Qualifications, CEREQ [2]) in the autumn of 2005, focuses on the career path of a sample of 16,000 young people who finished their initial education in 1998, regardless of their level of qualification or specialisation. The survey covers their first seven years of working life and thus provides detailed information on the job(s) occupied since they left school, their educational background and their family situation. [1] http://www.cereq.fr/generationquatrevingtdixhuit.htm [2] http://www.cereq.fr/index.htm
  • Parliament adopts report on executive pay in bid to curb abuse

    On 7 July 2009, the parliamentary Committee on constitutional laws, legislation and general administration of the French state (/Commission des lois consitutionnelles, de la législation et de l’administration générale de la République/) adopted the report on The remuneration of elected chairs of boards and traders (in French, 725Kb PDF) [1], which was presented by Philippe Houillon, a member of parliament belonging to the governing conservative Union for the People’s Movement (Union pour un mouvement populaire, UMP [2]). After much debate on chief executives’ remuneration when they leave big corporations, and especially when there is restructuring, the parliamentary committee began a survey in December 2008. [1] http://www.assemblee-nationale.fr/13/pdf/rap-info/i1798.pdf [2] http://www.u-m-p.org/
  • Survey examines industrial relations following regulatory changes

    Employee participation in decision-making regarding the organisation of industrial relations and the establishment of decent working conditions [1] was the subject of regulatory changes that sought to create a legal framework for workplace relations in 2007. The legislative changes – which came into effect on 1 September 2007 – included increased protection for employee representatives, improvements in employee participation, increased labour protection and the extension of options for the arrangement of individual employment conditions (SK0709029I [2], SK0708019I [3]). [1] www.eurofound.europa.eu/ef/observatories/eurwork/industrial-relations-dictionary/working-conditions [2] www.eurofound.europa.eu/ef/observatories/eurwork/articles/parliament-adopts-controversial-new-amendments-to-labour-code [3] www.eurofound.europa.eu/ef/observatories/eurwork/articles/legislation-amended-to-extend-collective-agreements
  • Swedish government unveils measures to fight unemployment

    The Public Employment Service (Arbetsförmedlingen [1]) forecasts that in 2010 about 11% of the population will be unemployed in Sweden. More than half a million people or 9.8% of the population were registered as unemployed in June 2009, according to Statistics Sweden (Statistika Centralbyrån, SCB [2]). [1] http://www.ams.se/ [2] http://www.scb.se/default____2154.aspx
  • Role of managers in facilitating work–life balance

    The Irish Congress of Trade Unions (ICTU [1]) published a research paper in 2009, exploring the role of managers in relation to work-life balance [2] policies. The study is entitled Living to work or working to live? The role of managers in creating work–life balance in Ireland (181Kb PDF) [3]. [1] http://www.ictu.ie/ [2] www.eurofound.europa.eu/ef/observatories/eurwork/industrial-relations-dictionary/worklife-balance-0 [3] http://www.ictu.ie/download/pdf/20090113104912.pdf
  • New law to improve regional healthcare system and patient care

    The law on reforming the regional healthcare system and hospital organisation in relation to patient care (Loi no. 2009-879 portant réforme de l’hôpital et relative aux patients, à la santé et aux territoires [1]) took effect on 22 July 2009. The law is the result of a long process following the 2004 and 2007 hospital plans, and the remit of the consultation commission created on 16 October 2007. The hospital consultation commission was chaired by the former minister of labour, Gérard Larcher, who is currently President of the French Senate. [1] http://www.legifrance.gouv.fr/affichTexte.do?cidTexte=JORFTEXT000020879475&dateTexte=&categorieLien=id
  • Decline in employee absence and impact of the recession

    In the summer of 2009, the UK Chartered Institute for Personnel Development (CIPD [1]) issued its annual survey on absence management (638Kb PDF) [2]. The survey is the 10th wave carried out by CIPD, resulting in a data series in which rates of absenteeism of previous years may be compared between different sectors of the UK economy. [1] http://www.cipd.co.uk/ [2] http://www.cipd.co.uk/NR/rdonlyres/45894199-81E7-4FDF-9E16-2C7339A4AAAA/0/4926AbsenceSRWEB.pdf
  • Unions seek measures to combat unemployment in construction

    The construction sector has experienced a dramatic increase in unemployment in 2009 compared with 2008. According to estimations of the Cyprus Building, Wood, Mine and General Workers’ Trade Union, affiliated to the Pancyprian Federation of Labour (Παγκύπρια Εργατική Ομοσπονδία, PEO [1]), and the Federation of Builders, Miners and Relevant Professions, affiliated to the Cyprus Workers’ Confederation (Συνομοσπονδία Εργαζομένων Κύπρου, SEK [2]), within a year – from September 2008 until September 2009 – unemployment has increased by more than five percentage points. The unemployment rate in construction currently stands at over 7%. In absolute numbers, according to data from the district labour offices, the number of registered unemployed persons in construction has risen significantly in just a month, from August to September 2009, from 2,546 to 2,913 workers. [1] http://www.peo.org.cy [2] http://www.sek.org.cy
  • Rise in psychosocial risk factors at the workplace

    There has been huge changes in recent decades in the content, organisation and employment status of work. Results from the 2005 Working Conditions Survey in France indicate that besides the usual trends and changes across categories – such as economic sectors or occupational groups – working conditions have changed in an uneven way across the salaried population, with some subgroups experiencing higher demands. The second major development is the growing impact of psychosocial factors at the workplace. This is a new dimension, where the challenges are high and acquiring information on the subject necessitates developing new tools such as updated surveys and new monitoring systems.
  • ERM Report 2009: Restructuring in recession

    Over the course of 2008 and 2009, the world economy experienced one of the most serious recessions in modern times. In July 2009, 22 million men and women were unemployed throughout Europe, five million more than a year previously. Moreover, the situation may well still have further to play out: experience of previous recessions suggests that the full effect of the downturn upon employment has yet to materialise. Eurofound’s analysis of restructuring and job loss over the past year is collated and reviewed in this, the fourth annual report of the European Restructuring Monitor. Analysing the effects of the recession upon employment, it also looks in detail how particular sectors, countries and occupations have been affected, and examines a range of responses that have been taken to safeguard employment - at the company, Member State and European level.

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