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The new Romanian regulation of undeclared labour

Raluca Dimitriu ()
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Raluca Dimitriu: Department of Law, Bucharest University of Economic Studies

Juridical Tribune (Tribuna Juridica), 2017, vol. 7, issue 2, 52-61

Abstract: The “black” labour is an indicator of how efficient is the enforcement of the labour law. Irrespective of how progressive may the labour law system be in a society, the proliferation of work without employment contracts expresses the failure of the labour law system in the real market. In Romania, Labour Code has been dramatically changed in the summer of 2017, especially with the declared goal to better organize the fight against the undeclared work. This paper is an analysis of the impact of these changes in an attempt to highlight the consequences of the new regulation, which seems to be fighting undeclared work predominantly by punitive tools. Following a general approach to the vulnerability of the worker without an employment contract, as well as some of the reasons for such choice, the analysis starts from the identification of the practical difficulties raised by the new regulation. On the other hand, the paper highlights the benefits of returning to the consensual nature of the employment contract, as well as the disadvantages of the excessive widening of the definition of the concept of undeclared work.

Keywords: labour law; undeclared labour; Romanian Labour Code; labour inspection . (search for similar items in EconPapers)
JEL-codes: K (search for similar items in EconPapers)
Date: 2017
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