Employment policies and data

Conference on policy responses to new forms of work - Nov 7, 2018

 

 

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7 November 2018 OECD Conference Centre Auditorium, Paris‌

With the emergence of the platform economy, changes in business models, as well as policy changes at the national level, the diversity of employment contracts and relationships keeps increasing. Such diversity is to be welcomed because it increases flexibility for both workers and employers. However, there are also risks that workers’ rights and protections are undermined, and that some firms gain a competitive advantage simply because they evade their dues and responsibilities. On 7 November 2018, the OECD brought together policy makers, employers, unions and experts to discuss some of the key policy challenges and solutions in the areas of labour market regulation, social protection, skills and social dialogue, with a view to maximising the benefits, and minimising the risks, associated with the emergence of new forms of work.

 

Note: Video-on-demand of the event is available at the bottom of the page.

 

 

Agenda

 

Opening session


9h30 - 9h50 Welcome and introduction

‒ Stefano Scarpetta (Director, OECD Directorate for Employment, Labour and Social Affairs)
‒ Jordi Curell Gotor, Director of Labour Mobility, EC DG Employment, Social Affairs and Inclusion

 

9h50 - 10h10 What are the challenges and opportunities associated with new forms of work? And how are policymakers responding?

Marguerita Lane (OECD Future of Work team) to present a summary of the results to the OECD/EC survey on policy responses to new forms of work

 

10h10 - 10h30 Country perspective: coordinated policy approach to platform work in France

Louis-Charles Viossat, Inspector General at Inspectorate General for Social Affairs & Chair, Social Protection Committee, Government of France

 

10h30 - 10h45 Coffee break

 

 

Session 1 - Worker (mis)classification: Are intermediate worker categories a solution or an unhelpful complication?

Chaired by Carola Bouton, Policy Coordinator, EC DG Employment, Social Affairs and Inclusion


10h45 - 11h00 Introduction by academic expert

Jeremias Prassl, Associate Professor of Law, University of Oxford

 

11h00 - 11h30 Case studies on intermediate worker category

Maurizio del Conte, President, ANPAL (National Agency for Active Labour Market Policies), Italy
Luka Tičar, Assistant Professor, University of Ljubljana, Slovenia

 

11h30 - 11h50 Open discussion

 

 

Session 2 - Improving working conditions in non-standard employment: The case of casual work

Chaired by István Ványolós, Policy Officer, EC DG Employment, Social Affairs and Inclusion


11h50 - 12h05 Introduction by academic expert

Pamela Meil, Senior Research Fellow, Institute for Social Science Research (ISF), Munich


12h05 - 12h35 Case studies on working conditions in variable hour contracts

Stacey Campbell, Senior Policy Advisor, Ministry of Business, Innovation & Employment, New Zealand
Nico Steiner, Senior Specialist, Ministry of Economic Affairs and Employment, Finland


12h35 - 12h55 Open discussion

12h55 - 13h55 Lunch

13h55 - 14h15 Country perspective: coordinated policy approach to new forms of work

Ana Fontes, Advisor to the Secretary of State of Employment, Ministry of Labour, Solidarity and Social Security, Portugal

 

 

Session 3 - Can government regulation help extend worker voice to the self-employed?

Chaired by Stijn Broecke, Head of OECD Future of Work team


14h15 - 14h30 Introduction by academic expert

Valerio de Stefano, Professor of Labour Law, KU Lueven


14h30 - 15h00 Case studies on collective bargaining for self-employed

C. Michael Mitchell, Special Advisor to the Government of Ontario, Canada
Joanna Żeber, Legal Officer, Ministry of Family, Labour and Social Policy, Poland


15h00 - 15h20 Open discussion

15h20 - 15h35 Coffee break

 

 

Session 4 - Does the tax system incentivise (false/dependent) self-employment?

Chaired by Bert Brys, Senior Tax Economist, OECD Centre for Tax Policy & Administration

 

15h35 - 15h50 Introduction on tax incentives for contractors & employees

Anna Milanez, Economist, OECD Centre for Tax Policy


15h50 - 16h05 Case study on tax incentives for self-employment and implications for labour market policy

Koen van Schie-Akdağ, Senior Policy Advisor, Ministry of Social Affairs and Employment, Netherlands


16h05 - 16h25 Open discussion

 

 

Closing session

Chaired by Mark Keese, Head of Skills and Employability, OECD Employment, Labour and Social Affairs

16h25 - 16h35 Stijn Broecke (OECD Future of Work team) to present preliminary guidelines for policymakers

16h35 - 16h55 New forms of work: what are the priorities in terms of policy? Business and union representatives to discuss

‒ Kelly Ross, Deputy Policy Director, American Federation of Labor and Congress of Industrial Organizations
‒ Jochem de Boer, Global Public Affairs Manager, World Employment Confederation


16h55 - 17h05 Final remarks

‒ Mark Keese, Head of Skills and Employability, OECD Employment, Labour and Social Affairs
‒ Max Uebe, Head of Employment Strategy, EC DG Employment, Social Affairs and Inclusion

 

Livestream: Morning session

 

Livestream: Afternoon session

 

 

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