The vast single labour market of the European Union continues to manifest an
ever-increasing interdependence of economies, companies, trade unions and
employees, calling once again for an update of Roger Blanpain’s magisterial
European Labour Law. This Thirteenth Edition remains the preeminent practice
guide in its field, covering the full spectrum – legislation, collective
agreements, and more than 400 cases – of both individual and collective labour
law and practice from the fundamental freedoms to the significance of the
Reform Treaty of Lisbon. Among the abundant new material in the Thirteenth
Edition the reader will find incisive commentary and analysis of such issues
and trends as the following:
EU action plans regarding equal treatment;
restructuring of enterprises in relation to collective redundancies, the
transfer of enterprises and the insolvency of the employer;
the increasing impact of international private law;
new developments in worker health and safety regimes;
the protection of motherhood in individual employment contracts;
new concrete measures regarding part-time employment, temporary work, and
employers’ obligation to inform employees of conditions applicable to the
contract of employment relationship;
the new voluntary agreement on parental leave;
the recast Directive on European Works Councils of 6 May 2009; and
workers’ participation in the public limited liability company and the SE.
Recognizing the impact of the EU on labour law and especially the crucial role
of the European Court of Justice, the Thirteenth Edition updates the book’s
case law regarding such important issues as free movement of labour, freedom
of services, and equal treatment. It also surveys the possibilities for
European-wide collective agreements, as the social dialogue is evaluated
against the background of European social realities. A comprehensive general
introduction details how the Community institutions affect labour law,
focusing on the legislative process in the EU and its relationship to other
international organizations, especially the ILO. Special attention is given to
the role of the European social partners – Business Europe, CEEP, UEAPME and
the ETUC. In this context the author also elucidates the role of such organs
as the Economic and Social Committee and the European Social Fund. As in
previous editions, the Thirteenth Edition includes such user-friendly features
as appendices presenting primary texts, a bibliography, an alphabetical list
of cited cases from the European Court of Justice, and an index.
General Introduction. Chapter 1. The Institutional Framework.
Chapter 2. The Social Partners. Chapter 3. Competences of the EU
Regarding Labour Law. Chapter 4. European Labour Law: Trailer or
Part I. Individual Labour Law. Chapter 1. The Free
Movement of Workers. Chapter 2. Freedom of Services. Chapter 3.
International Private Labour Law. Chapter 4. Individual Employment
Contracts. Chapter 5. Child Care and the Protection of Young People at
Work. Chapter 6. Equal treatment. Chapter 7. Protection of
Motherhood. Chapter 8. Working Time, Sunday Rest, Night Work and
Parental Leave. Chapter 9. Safety and Health. Chapter 10.
Restructuring of Enterprises.
Part II. Collective Labour Law.
Chapter 1. Collective Bargaining. Chapter 2. Workers’
Participation. Epilogue: In Search of European Social Model (ESM): A Dream?
Appendices: Appendix 1. Community Charter on the Fundamental Social Rights
of Workers (1989). Appendix 2. Cooperation Agreement between UNICE and
UEAPME of 12 November 1998. Appendix 3. Charter of Fundamental Rights
of the European Union (7 December 2000). Selected Bibliography.
Alphabetical List of Cited Cases of the European Court of Justice. Index.