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Labour Markets, Industrial Relations and Human Resources Management: From Recession to Recovery

ISBN: 9789041140043 | 9041140042
Format: Paperback
Publisher: Aspen Pub
Pub. Date: 3/19/2012

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Social models are always contested and ambiguous. This is particularly evidentin the field of human resources management, where decisions that ultimatelyaffect the patterns of social relations are made every day. This collection ofin-depth essays focuses on some central human resources elements gender,youth, ageing, educational background, training, workers' rights providingan up-to-date summary and analysis of how employers are dealing and shouldbe dealing with workforce characteristics under current globalized forces.The emphasis is on Europe, but valuable insights come also from Chile, Canada,and the United States.Sixteen experts discuss such important issues as the following:; the shift from intervention in favour of workers' rights towards corporateneo-liberal policies;importance of transnational framework agreements in countries where a tradeunion;tradition is lacking;evidence that provision of childcare promotes female labour marketparticipation;short-time working, labour hoarding, and labour underutilization;enhancing training policies for employable skills;enforcement of corporate social responsibility;alarmingly high rates of precarious employment;worldwide decline of full-time permanent positions;pension system reform;over-exposure of young people to non-standard employment;discouraged workers;regional imbalances in employment policy; andweaknesses of education programmes in connection with the world of work.Industrial relations and human resources professionals as well as employmentlawyers worldwide will welcome this incisive analysis, and academicseverywhere are sure to benefit from its evidence, insights, and proposals.The book presents a selection of papers from the international conference incommemoration of Marco Biagi entitled Europe 2020: Comparative Perspectivesand Transnational Action, held at the Marco Biagi Foundation in Modena, Italy.1719 March 2011.


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