Work 4.0 and the Future of Labour Law

Marc De Vos

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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).
Original languageEnglish
Number of pages27
Publication statusIn preparation - 2018


  • future of work
  • Work 4.0
  • platform work
  • labour law
  • employment law
  • labour market


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