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Towards a Flexible Labour MarketLabour Legislation and Regulation since the 1990s$
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Paul Davies and Mark Freedland

Print publication date: 2007

Print ISBN-13: 9780199217878

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: January 2009

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199217878.001.0001

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Promoting Work

Promoting Work

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Towards a Flexible Labour Market

Paul Davies

Mark Freedland

Oxford University Press

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.

Keywords:   employment policy, jobseeker's agreements, New Deals, National Minimum Wage, tax credits, disability discrimination, age discrimination, training, migrant workers

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