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The Contract of Employment$
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Mark Freedland, Alan Bogg, David Cabrelli, Hugh Collins, Nicola Countouris, A.C.L. Davies, Simon Deakin, and Jeremias Prassl

Print publication date: 2016

Print ISBN-13: 9780198783169

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: August 2016

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198783169.001.0001

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The Contract of Employment and Gendered Work

The Contract of Employment and Gendered Work

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(p.231) 11 The Contract of Employment and Gendered Work
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The Contract of Employment
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Sandra Fredman

Judy Fudge

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198783169.003.0011

This chapter emphasizes the extent to which the legal separation of unpaid domestic labour performed in the household from paid employment has shaped women’s paid work. It traces the legacy of this separation by considering the entitlement of paid domestic workers employed in private households to the statutory minimum wage. The legal treatment of paid care work in the recipient’s home is used to illustrate how atypical employment arrangements such as ‘zero-hours’ (casual) contracts have excluded women workers from a range of employment-related protections and benefits associated with the standard employment relationship. The chapter stresses the need to move beyond the contract of employment in order to cultivate gender equality in the labour market and to protect all workers against foreseeable work-related risks.

Keywords:   gender, unpaid work, equality, domestic labour, atypical employment

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