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Labour market adjustments during the crisis: the role of working time arrangements1

Abstract : Depending on the country in question, the crisis has had different impacts on employment. We will analyse the main reasons for these differences and scrutinize the main characteristics of the policies that have been implemented in reaction to the crisis. The analysis focuses mainly on a comparison between France and Germany. This leads us to stress the differences between these two countries in the ability of social partners to find ways to prevent redundancies through job protection agreements. It appears that the gap between job protection and employment protection can be overcome when certain conditions are met in dealing with employees working short time, with training as a paramount consideration. We highlight the role of new working time arrangements and regulations – among them working time accounts – for promoting flexibility and security for both employers and employees.
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Jean-Yves Boulin, Gilbert Cette. Labour market adjustments during the crisis: the role of working time arrangements1. Transfer: European Review of Labour and Research, 2013, 19 (4), pp.475--487. ⟨10.1177/1024258913502624⟩. ⟨hal-01498246⟩



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