Work 4.0 and the Future of Labour Law

27 Pages Posted: 8 Aug 2018

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Marc De Vos

Macquarie Law School; Ghent University - Department of Penal Law and Criminology

Date Written: July 22, 2018


As the world of work is undergoing the substantial transformation known as ‘Work 4.0’, this paper explores and develops possible avenues for a corresponding transformation of labour law. It begins by identifying the underlying transformational trends (Section 1-2) to argue five core priorities for the near future of labour law: activation 2.0, transversal career management, sustained labour quality focus, continuous and integrated talent development, and active support of economic participation (Section 3). Adopting a long term view, it describes the potential dismantling of the employment contract to develop a future of labour law as a ‘law on persons’ beyond employment status, with a corresponding need to reconfigure collective consultation and bargaining (Section 4). It concludes by stressing and illustrating how the future of labour law is a choice (Section 5).

Keywords: future of work, Work 4.0, platform work, labour law, employment law, labour market

JEL Classification: J08, J5, J8

Suggested Citation

De Vos, Marc, Work 4.0 and the Future of Labour Law (July 22, 2018). Available at SSRN: or

Marc De Vos (Contact Author)

Macquarie Law School ( email )

North Ryde

Ghent University - Department of Penal Law and Criminology ( email )

Gent, NSW 9000

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