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Policy responses to new forms of work

Recent labour market trends have prompted countries to reflect on whether existing systems of labour legislation, lifelong learning, social protection, taxation and collective bargaining are still fit for purpose. While in some cases they are, in others, policies may need to be adapted to ensure protection for vulnerable workers and to prevent abuse, and to ensure that firms that comply with the regulations are not unduly disadvantaged. This report provides a snapshot of the policy actions being taken by countries in response to growing diversity in forms of employment, with the aim of encouraging peer learning where countries are facing similar issues. The findings are based on a survey by the OECD and the European Commission of 44 Ministries of Labour (or the ministry with responsibility for labour market policy) in OECD, EU and G20 countries, carried out primarily between June and August in 2018.