The Principle of Equal Treatment and the European Pillar of Social Rights

(2018) 160 Giornale di Diritto del Lavoro e di Relazioni Industriali 783-810

24 Pages Posted: 25 Jun 2019

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Mark Bell

Trinity College Dublin; University of California, Berkeley - Berkeley Center on Comparative Equality & Anti-Discrimination Law

Date Written: September 3, 2018

Abstract

This article explores the contribution of the European Pillar of Social Rights to the principle of equal treatment. Given that this is an area of EU labour law where there are well-established instruments, it is necessary to consider whether the Pillar makes any significant new contribution. To this end, the article analyses the Pillar’s principles relating to: gender equality and work-life balance; equal opportunities, including the inclusion of people with disabilities; and the fair and equal treatment of workers, irrespective of the type or duration of the employment relationship. It identifies instances where the Pillar moves beyond the standards of existing instruments, as well as examples of the Pillar creating momentum for fresh legal interventions. Yet this is coupled with a tendency to rely upon non-binding instruments and it remains within existing paradigms for regulating the European labour market, such as flexicurity.

Keywords: Equality, European Union, Social Rights, Gender, Work-Life Balance, Non-Standard Work

Suggested Citation

Bell, Mark, The Principle of Equal Treatment and the European Pillar of Social Rights (September 3, 2018). (2018) 160 Giornale di Diritto del Lavoro e di Relazioni Industriali 783-810, Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=3407203 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.3407203

Mark Bell (Contact Author)

Trinity College Dublin ( email )

School of Law
College Green
Dublin, 2
Ireland

University of California, Berkeley - Berkeley Center on Comparative Equality & Anti-Discrimination Law

Boalt Hall
Berkeley, CA 94720-7200
United States

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