This chapter deals with the legislation and policies aimed at maximising levels of employment. It is argued that these policies brought together the areas of social security, tax, and employment law — traditionally considered as distinct — in pursuit of a single goal. From the social security side it analyses the content and impact of the various ‘New Deals’ — from tax law the role of tax credits, and from employment law the newly introduced National Minimum Wage and changes to the laws in the areas of discrimination (especially disability and age discrimination), training, and migrant workers. Finally, the development of British policy is placed in an international comparative setting.
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