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Unpaid Care and Paid Work in European Employment Law

Nicole Busby

in A Right to Care?

Published in print April 2011 | ISBN: 9780199579020
Published online May 2011 | e-ISBN: 9780191725296 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199579020.003.0001

Series: Oxford Monographs on Labour Law

Unpaid Care and Paid Work in European Employment Law

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This chapter provides the terms of reference and background for the text. It specifies the main aims which are to consider how paid work and unpaid care can be reconciled by exploring the potential for the development of a right to care in European employment law. The specific aim is to explore EU law's response to changes that have taken place in the employment context since the Community's inception and to assess its overall contribution to the reconciliation of the unpaid care/paid work conflict. A central claim is that the constitutional provisions of EU law already endorse a responsive approach to this conflict which, although merely implicit in the existing provisions at present, has the potential to be effectively utilised to provide individuals with a clear right to reconcile paid work and unpaid care.

Keywords: unpaid care; paid work; work; EU law; care

Chapter.  7901 words. 

Subjects: Employment and Labour Law

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