Workfare revisited

Paz-Fuchs, Amir and Eleveld, Anja (2016) Workfare revisited. Industrial Law Journal, 45 (1). pp. 29-59. ISSN 0305-9332

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This paper explores and problematizes the exclusion of workfare participants from the scope of employment legislation, offering an opportunity to revisit the scope of the labour protection. As the UK and the Netherlands have been at the forefront of the European activation turn that catalysed the introduction of workfare programmes in European welfare states, the first part of the paper maps the employment protection of workfare participants in these two countries. In the second part of the paper we critically assess the reasons why employment status or, at least, employment protection regardless of status, is not granted to workfare participants and to other persons who are fulfilling financial non-rewarding (at least for the worker herself) ‘work’, such as volunteer workers or persons who have been found guilty of an offence and are sentenced to community service. On the basis of our analysis we suggest to expand labour protection to workfare participants, with or without granting them worker status.

Item Type: Article
Keywords: welfare to work; workfare; employment status; volunteers; apprentices; employment rights; UK; Netherlands
Schools and Departments: School of Law, Politics and Sociology > Law
Subjects: K Law
Depositing User: Amir Paz-Fuchs
Date Deposited: 05 Jan 2016 13:12
Last Modified: 11 Sep 2017 05:34

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