From Widgets to Digits

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From Widgets to Digits

By Katherine V. W. Stone

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From Widgits to Digits is about the changing nature of the employment relationship and its implications for labor and employment law. For most of the twentieth century, employers fostered long-term employment relationships through the use of implicit promises of job security, well-defined hierarchical job ladders, and longevity-based wage and benefit schemes. Today's employers no longer value longevity or seek to encourage long-term attachment between the employee and the firm. Instead employers seek flexibility in their employment relationships. As a result, employees now operate as free agents in a boundaryless workplace, in which they move across departmental lines within firms, and across firm borders, throughout their working lives. Today's challenge is to find a means to provide workers with continuity in wages, on-going training opportunities, sustainable and transferable skills, unambiguous ownership of their human capital, portable benefits, and an infrastructure of support structures to enable them to weather career transitions.

Subject: Professional, Career & Trade -> Law -> Law

From Widgets to Digits
Employment Regulation for the Changing Workplace
1st edition
Publisher: Cambridge University Press 7/26/04
Imprint: Cambridge University Press
Language: English

ISBN 10: 0511208138
ISBN 13: 9780511208133
Print ISBN: 9780521829106

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