Extending flexicurity – The potential of short-time working schemes: ERM Report 2010

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16 February 2012
Published
23 November 2010
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In the face of recession, falling demand and the consequent slowing of production, short-time working and temporary layoff schemes have been extended (or introduced) in many Member States. These schemes, often with the aid of public funds, reduce working time, while protecting workers’ incomes and company solvency; frequently, the time spent not working is used for training instead. This report examines the practice of reduced working time across Europe, and looks in detail at how it is implemented in 10 Member States, with a view to determining the contribution that such schemes can make in implementing the common principles of flexicurity, especially in light of the broad-based consensus they enjoy among the social partners. An executive summary is available.
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    Number of Pages: 
    136
    Reference No: 
    ef1071
    ISBN: 
    978-92-897-0875-3
    Catalogue: 
    TJ-32-10-435-EN-C
    DOI: 
    10.2806/21361
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    Extending flexicurity – The potential of short-time working schemes: ERM Report 2010

    In the face of recession, falling demand and the consequent slowing of production, short-time working and temporary layoff schemes have been extended (or introduced) in many Member States. These schemes, often with the aid of public funds, reduce working time, while protecting workers’ incomes and company solvency; frequently, the time spent not working is used for training instead. This report examines the practice of reduced working time across Europe, and looks in detail at how it is implemented in 10 Member States, with a view to determining the contribution that such schemes can make in implementing the common principles of flexicurity, especially in light of the broad-based consensus they enjoy among the social partners.

  • Executive summary

    Number of pages: 
    2
    Reference No: 
    ef10711
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    Extending flexicurity – The potential of short-time working schemes: ERM Report 2010 - Executive summary

    Authors: 
    Eurofound
    Never before have short-time working schemes been so prominent as in the last two years. Many Member States expanded their existing schemes and others introduced them for the first time. Such schemes have been widely seen as successful in mitigating the worst effects of this very serious recession. A comparative analysis of all the schemes forms the thematic part of the ERM Report 2010 – Extending flexicurity – The potential of short-time working schemes. Read more in the report - see Related content.

     

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