Active Ageing and Labour Law

This book deals with active ageing and labour law and is dedicated to professor Roger Blanpain at the occasion of his 80th anniversary.
Frank Hendrickx
Social Europe Series
boek | verschenen | 1e editie
november 2012 | xiv + 320 blz.

€ 62,30 € 89,-

ISBN 9781780681245

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This book deals with active ageing and labour law and is dedicated to professor Roger Blanpain at the occasion of his 80th anniversary. For the European Union, active ageing means growing old in good health and as a full member of society, feeling more fulfilled in our jobs, more independent in our daily lives and more involved as citizens. For labour law, it covers a wide variety of issues, such as age discrimination in recruitment and selection, seniority rules, pay and working conditions, or modern concepts such as work-life balance, involving working time regulations and adjustments made for older people in order to allow them to stay on the labour market. In this book, leading scholars share their insights on the role of labour law in an ageing society. The book has a focus on Europe, both the European Union as well as the Member States. However, in the tradition of Blanpain’s school of thought, a global mindset is used, including comparative work, a perspective from the United States, as well as an interdisciplinary understanding of labour law and active ageing.

About the book
‘[A] useful contribution for researchers with an interest in comparative approaches to an ageing workforce. For those new to the challenges facing older workers, the volume provides a broad overview of existing legislation, case law and demographic trends. However, even for those well acquainted with this area of law, the book provides some surprising insights into the level of legal diversity in different member states, and usefully summarises domestic materials for an English-speaking audience.’
Alysia Blackham in 2013 Industrial Law Journal 298


Table of Contents (p. 0)


Age and European Employment Discrimination Law (p. 1)

“Active Ageing” and the Limits of Labour Law (p. 31)

An Aged Working Time Directive for an Ageing Society. Revising for a Work-Life Balance Approach (p. 73)

Age as a Justifiable Reason for Employees’ Differentiation? (p. 99)

Age Discrimination Law – A Perspective from the USA (p. 115)


Active Ageing and Labour Law in Belgium (p. 155)

Active Ageing and Labour Law in France (p. 201)

Active Ageing and Labour Law in Germany (p. 215)

Active Ageing and Labour Law in Sweden (p. 233)

Active Ageing and Labour Law in the Netherlands (p. 263)

Active Ageing and Labour Law in the United Kingdom (p. 275)


Labour Law, Social Norms and the Early Retirement Decision. An Empirical Study (p. 295)

About the Contributors (p. 319)

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Social Europe Series

The Social Europe Series gives the reader more than an introduction to the social systems of the member states of the European Union. It offers the social security expert with comparative experience the opportunity to place his or her knowledge of (aspects of) foreign social security systems in a broader national context. The series facilitates the broad comparison of the national systems, by describing them according to a uniform structure.

Editorial board: Michael Adler (University of Edinburgh), Anne Davies (University of Oxford), Guus Heerma van Voss (University of Leiden), Frank Hendrickx (University of Leuven & Tilburg University), Frans Pennings (Utrecht University), Sophie Robin-Olivier (University of Paris X Nanterre), Achim Seifert (University of Luxembourg ), Sara Stendahl (Göteborg University) and Bernd Waas (Johann Wolfgang Goethe-University Frankfurt).

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