Prolonged Working Lives, Older Workers and Dismissals A Study of the Dynamics between Employment Protection, Non-Discrimination and Collective Bargaining

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  • labour law, collective barganing, employment protection, non-discrimination, ageing population


An ageing workforce is a pressing societal trend, which poses specific challenges for labour law, industrial relations and collective bargaining. Labour law research is crucial in understanding the full complexity of the legal position and labour market situation of older workers, and in addressing the challenges linked to an ageing workforce.
This project will contribute to the promotion of longer working lives through new knowledge on labour law and industrial relations.
Placing strong emphasis on the interplay between employment protection law, non-discrimination law and collective bargaining in dismissals, the project seeks to address the following problem:
To what extent does the legal protection in dismissal situations in Sweden, provided by employment protection, non-discrimination and collective bargaining, enable older workers to keep their employment and thus contribute to the general promotion of prolonged working lives?
The project combines employment protection law, non-discrimination law, elder law, EU law and comparative law. It adopts a socio-legal approach, and integrates labour law, collective bargaining and industrial relations perspectives.
The research entails a comprehensive and detailed study of case law from the Swedish Labour Court, the Court of Justice of the European Union and the European Court of Human Rights. The selection of case law covers judgments specifically related to dismissals of older workers, but also judgments related to other key employment protection law and non-discrimination law aspects. In Swedish labour law, collective agreements constitute an important legal source, which can deviate from legislation, both to the advantage and detriment of individual employees. In the project, a selection of collective agreements will be studied more closely.
The time is ripe for this project; entailing an innovative, multi-facetted, systematic and thorough analysis of the legal position of older workers facing dismissals. The project will add substantively to existing knowledge on how labour law can contribute to prolonged working lives.
This is a three-year-project, funded by a research grant from Forte, within the framework of the national programme for research on working life and a call for proposals on challenges of working life. The project group will also include a doctoral student and visiting early career researchers. The project will be carried out within the Norma Research Programme, and its Elder Law Research Environment and in collaboration with the Health Law Research Center.
Effective start/end date2020/01/012022/12/31

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