MODERN LABOR LAW: A REVIEW OF CURRENT TRENDS IN EMPLOYEE RIGHTS AND ORGANIZATIONAL DUTIES

Authors

  • Nkechi Emmanuella Eneh Department of Public Law, University of Cape, Town South Africa
  • Seun Solomon Bakare Grotius Centre for International Legal Studies, Faculty of Law, Leiden University, Netherlands
  • Adekunle Oyeyemi Adeniyi United Nations Population Fund, Sri Lanka
  • Chidiogo Uzoamaka Akpuokwe Independent Researcher, Seattle, Washington State, USA

DOI:

https://doi.org/10.51594/ijmer.v6i3.843

Abstract

This review delves into the dynamic landscape of contemporary labor laws governing the relationship between employers and employees, and encapsulates the evolving facets of labor rights and organizational responsibilities in the current milieu. The shifting paradigm of labor law reflects a growing emphasis on safeguarding employee rights. Recent trends indicate a heightened focus on inclusivity, non-discrimination, and diversity in the workplace. Legislative reforms and judicial interpretations have sought to fortify the rights of marginalized groups, encompassing gender, race, sexual orientation, and disability. Concurrently, the emergence of remote work and the gig economy has prompted reevaluations of traditional employment classifications, engendering debates on the extension of protections to freelancers and independent contractors. Moreover, organizational duties have undergone transformation, aligning with the evolving societal expectations. Compliance frameworks have adapted to address ethical considerations, sustainability, and corporate social responsibility, amplifying the obligations of employers beyond profit-centric objectives. This evolution extends to the duty of care owed to employees, encompassing mental health support, workplace safety, and accommodation for work-life balance. The review also analyzes the interplay between statutory regulations, judicial precedents, and societal shifts, charting their impact on the employer-employee relationship. It examines the complexities arising from the globalization of labor markets, addressing the challenges of harmonizing diverse legal frameworks and cross-border employment dynamics. It also scrutinizes the implications of technological advancements, such as AI-driven employment decisions, on labor rights. It probes the legal and ethical quandaries arising from the proliferation of surveillance technologies in the workplace, balancing the interests of productivity and privacy rights of employees. The insight presented in this review provides a comprehensive overview of the multifaceted landscape of modern labor law, capturing its intricate tapestry of rights, obligations, and the evolving contours of the employer-employee nexus amidst contemporary socio-economic dynamics.

Keywords: Labour Law, Employee Right, Compliance, Organizational Duties, Review.

Published

2024-03-07

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