The OECD Employment Outlook 2013 looks at labour markets in the wake of the crisis. It includes chapters on the experience of different labour market groups since 2007; employment protection legislation; benefit systems, employment and training programmes and services; and re-employment, earnings and skills after job loss. As always, it includes an extensive statistical annex.
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- 16 July 2013
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Protecting jobs, enhancing flexibility: A new look at employment protection legislation
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This chapter describes the employment protection legislation (EPL) currently in force in OECD countries and selected emerging economies (including all G20 countries). It also presents the latest quantitative estimates of the degree of stringency of EPL, which can be compared across countries. These estimates are the result of a comprehensive effort to update the OECD EPL indicators based on a more accurate collection methodology and taking into account the relevant legislation, collective agreements and case law. This effort has also led to a significant revision of historical time series of these indicators. The chapter also characterises different models of employment protection across OECD countries. In addition, it points to a clear tendency towards reductions of the degree of stringency of employment protection over the past five years, mostly focused on regulations governing individual and collective dismissals.