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Social Security Outside the Realm of the Employment Contract: Informal Work and Employee-Like Workers

Edited by: Mies Westerveld, Marius Olivier

ISBN13: 9781788113397
Published: May 2019
Publisher: Edward Elgar Publishing Limited
Country of Publication: UK
Format: Hardback
Price: £95.00

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Over recent years, the inability of social security protection to reach workers without a formal employment contract has become an inconvenient reality in both the global north and south. This book explores how provisions for income security can be revised to effectively meet the needs of the labour force in varying economies.

In developing economies, informal employment has traditionally accounted for a high proportion of overall employment and this trend looks set to continue. In the global north, the increasing use of flex-contracts and ‘dependent self-employment’ has led to a rise in the number of workers with limited income protection. An additional challenge for countries in both hemispheres is the rise of the ‘gig’ economy. This book is the first to open up a dialogue about social security coverage in the developed and developing world. Authors from both sides of the divide have contributed chapters and present a variety of insights, experiments and practices with the aim of identifying better ways to combat the growing social security challenge.

Academic researchers with an interest in labour law and social policy will find this book to be an engaging source of innovative research. Practicing lawyers and policy makers will also benefit from the insights and examples provided from a number of different jurisdictions.

Employment Law, Social Security and Welfare Law
M. Olivier and M. Westerveld
Part I General reflections
1. Social Security Protection for Informal Economy Workers: Developing World Perspectives
M. Olivier
2. Flexicurity outside the Employment Relationship? Re-engineering Social Security for the New Economy
M. Wynn and A. Paz-Fuchs
3. Gender and Race in the Informal Economy: the South African Framework
E. Fourie
4. The Self-employed and the Welfare State in the EU: Insights from Gender and Race Equality Law
C. Barnard and A. Blackham
Part II Thematic Reflections
5. Labour Relations and Labour Law in Shared Economy
Li Jing and Li Jianfei
6. Social protection and vulnerable work in South Africa
A. Govindjee
Part III Regional Approaches
7. Informal and Self-Employment Workers in Latin America: From an Excluded Category to an Example of Innovative Inclusive Measures
P.A. Ortiz
8. Structure and Social Protection of the Self-employed Society: An Eastern-European Perspective based on Hungarian Experience
T. Gyulavári
9. Informality and Social Insurance in East Africa: an Assessment of the Law and Practice
J. Masabo
Part IV Country Cases
10. Social Protection for Workers outside the Traditional Employment Contract – a Swedish Example
A. Westregård
11. The Netherlands: Solo Self-Employment and Labour on Demand
M. Westerveld
12. From a Social Protection Regime to an Income Security Agenda: Canada at the Crossroads
L. Lamarche
M. Westerveld and M. Olivier