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The Idea of Labour Law$
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Guy Davidov and Brian Langille

Print publication date: 2011

Print ISBN-13: 9780199693610

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: September 2011

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199693610.001.0001

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Informal Employment and the Challenges for Labour Law

Informal Employment and the Challenges for Labour Law

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(p.223) 14 Informal Employment and the Challenges for Labour Law
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The Idea of Labour Law
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Kamala Sankaran

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199693610.003.0015

The challenge of legislating for the informal economy affords us a unique opportunity to look beyond traditional labour law and capture forms of work and activity that currently fall through the cracks of labour law. It also allows us to focus on the goals of labour law in ensuring fair outcomes through addressing issues of unpaid work vulnerability. The creation of broad, inclusive legal categories and mechanisms can help capture the work arrangements in the informal economy. Social protection (as much as trade unions and collective bargaining) becomes a central vehicle through which labour law’s ‘transformative’ capacity can create a level playing field. This chapter examines the possibilities that such an approach opens up for the idea of labour law.

Keywords:   informality, unpaid work, social protection

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