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Labour Law Reforms in Eastern and Western Europe


Tomas Davulis

Recent years in Europe have been marked by efforts to introduce changes in labour law in order to boost employment, reduce labour costs and increase flexibility of national labour markets. The increased international competition has led to major labour law reforms in some European countries but the majority of national developments still indicate a rather limited reformist approach. Evolutionary rather than revolutionary efforts were initiated to balance the wage-setting mechanisms and to soften the dismissal law protection to create room for flexibility, to increase employment by promoting atypical forms of employment, to accommodate legal regulations to technological advances and the new types of economy. Accompanying social security measures intended to improve the efficiency of active labour market policies.

The current selection of academic contributions intends to provide an overview of recent developments in the legal regulation of labour markets in Eastern and Western European countries. The authors’ contributions could not cover all the aspects of the current state of recent reformist efforts on the labour markets. However, by picturing separate developments in different European countries, it intends to assist in identifying regional similarities. Furthermore, it provides opportunities for exchange of ideas, experiences and practices for shaping labour law both at European and national level.

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Dismissal by Reason of Redundancy for the Company’s Needs in the latest Labour Reform in Spain (Mª Cristina Aguilar Gonzálvez)


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Dismissal by Reason of Redundancy for the Company’s Needs in the latest Labour Reform in Spain

Cristina Aguilar GONZÁLVEZ*


Economic, technical, organizational or production-related reasons as justifications for a company’s decision to dismiss workers (Article 52, c of the Workers’ Statute) are studied from jurisprudential and legal perspectives according to their definition after the 2012 labour law reform in Spain and from the standpoint of the general principle of causality in dismissal. The aims of the reform were to adjust the volume of employment to the economic and organizational changes taking place in companies, to establish the cost of dismissal at a similar level to other European countries and to abolish fast-track dismissals. We also examine the effects of the labour reform on other related aspects such as procedure, the legal description of fairness of dismissal, the amount of compensation and the intervention of the Social Guarantee Fund.

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