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|Silvia Rainone||The Evolution of EU Primary Law And The Court of Justice’s Interpretation Of Workers’ Rights Focus on Workers’ Rights Relating to Business Restructurings||Working paper||Jan 8, 2018|
|Laurie Berg, Bassina Farbenblum||Wage Theft in Australia||Jan 8, 2018|
|Nicolas Bueno||From the Right to Work to Freedom from Work: Introduction to the Human Economy||Nov 15, 2017|
|Federico Mucciarelli||Employee Insolvency Priorities and Employment Protection in France, Germany, and the United Kingdom||Nov 9, 2017|
|Sean Cooney, John Howe, Petra Mahy, Richard Mitchell||The Plural Regulation of Work: A Pilot Study of Restaurant Workers in Indonesia||Nov 8, 2017|
|Lance Compa||Migrant Workers in The United States: Connecting Domestic Law with International Labor Standards: The Piper Lecture||Sep 26, 2017|
|Victor Raduan da Silva, Antonio Rodrigues de Freitas||The uberization of work and the legal regulation: the challenge of labor protection in semi-peripheral economies||Working paper||Sep 26, 2017|
|Veena Dubal||Wage Slave or Entrepreneur?: Contesting the Dualism of Legal Worker Identities||May 17, 2017|
|Veena Dubal||The Drive to Precarity: A Political History of Work, Regulation, & Labor Advocacy in San Francisco’s Taxi & Uber Economies||May 17, 2017|
|Jennifer Gordon||Regulating the Human Supply Chain||May 17, 2017|
In the modern world globalization and technology have if anything increased demands on workers. Laws addressing working hours have acted as somewhat of a barrier to long hours, but often do not address the predictability or variability of... more
In the modern world globalization and technology have if anything increased demands on workers. Laws addressing working hours have acted as somewhat of a barrier to long hours, but often do not address the predictability or variability of working hours. Working long, variable, or unpredictable hours occurs as a result of enterprise demands, the type of employment contract or the need for overtime wages due to a low enterprise or minimum wage. In addition, for many workers information technologies (e.g. mobile phones, internet connectivity) can intrude on designated rest periods (e.g. evenings, weekends, holidays). All of these pressures may lead workers to ignore their physical and mental well-being by working through rest periods. Rest periods, which are designated in many countries’ national labour laws, are vitally important to ensure the health and well-being of workers. While workers and employers acknowledge legal limits on working hours to a degree, they often ignore legal provisions on rest periods. This can lead to the deterioration of individual workers’ well-being, problems with health and safety in the workplace, and a lack of work-life balance.
Research on working time legislation exists but little has been done to examine the specific provisions about rest periods in and how they can supplement national working time legislation. This paper seeks to fill this lacuna. First, it will examine national legislation on weekly working hour limits and identify some key issues that affect a worker’s ability to get rest. Subsequently, it will examine the specific provisions on rest periods in international standards and national legislation, focusing on
four key areas: rest periods during the work day, daily rest, weekly rest, and annual leave. It will then conclude with some final observations.