AIAS Lunch Seminar 29 oktober Beryl ter Haar (UvA) & Paul Copeland (Queen Mary University London)

‘What have EU done for me? Vulnerable Employment in Small and Medium Sized Enterprises’

Beryl ter Haar & Dr Paul Copeland

Day: Thursday 29 October 2015
Time: 12.15 – 13.15 hrs.
Location: AIAS, 4th floor Gijsbert van Tienhoven building, room 4.09, Roeterstraat 31, 1018 WB
Registration: Please send an email, preferably before Wednesday 28 October, 12.00 hrs. to register.
A sandwich will then be provided.


This paper analyses the experiences of employees in different-sized employment units for 10 EU member states in three EU policy areas. Each of the policy areas represents a different EU governance tool: directives (health and safety); education and training (the Open Method of Communication); and the reconciliation between work and family life (soft law). The analysis is based on data provided by the European Labour Force Survey. It finds that while there are few differences between employment experiences in different-sized units in the area of health and safety, employees in micro and small-sized enterprises are less likely to take part in education and training, and have flexible working hours, than those in medium and large employment units. The increase of such employment units, one of the aims of EU policy, therefore has an unintended consequence for EU employment rights.

Bio Beryl ter Haar

Beryl ter Haar obtained a Bachelor’s degree in music (oboe) at the conservatorium of Utrecht (LLB, June 1996). In 2000 she decided to change professions and started her studies in law at the University of Leiden. While she studied during evening hours she worked fulltime jobs during the daytime, first as junior advisor at the Ministry of Social Affairs and Employment and during the last year of her study as legal secretary of labour law dispute settlement bodies at CAOP. In March 2005 she obtained her Master’s degree in International and European Law at the University of Leiden with an historical law thesis on the development of a social Europe. From May 2006 to May 2011 Beryl worked as a PhD-candidate at the Leiden University’s Department of Social Law within the framework of the research programme Reforming Social Security – funded by Stichting Instituut GAK. In November 2012 Beryl successfully defended her dissertation on ‘The meaning of the open method of coordination for the development of a social Europe’.

As from January 2011 Beryl worked in several temporary jobs: at the University of Leiden, as legal assistant of the European Labour Law Network; and at the Universities of Utrecht and Hasselt as Assistant-Professor International and European Labour Law. Since May 2012 Beryl is a post-doc researcher on the legal status and effectiveness of international framework agreements at the Amsterdam Institute for Advanced Labour Studies (AIAS) and since December 2012 she combines this as Assistant-Professor International and European Labour Law and as Co-ordinator of the master programme International and European Labour Law at the University of Amsterdam.

Bio Paul Copeland

Dr Paul Copeland joined the School in September 2012 having previously been a Hallsworth Research Fellow of Political Economy at the University of Manchester (2009-2012). Prior to this he completed his BA, MA (RES) and PhD all at the University of Manchester. He also worked as an English language teacher in both the Czech Republic and South Korea. He is currently director of the Centre for European Research at QMUL and in 2015 was elected as a committee member of the Academic Association for Contemporary European Studies (UACES). He is currently the co-convenor (with Liam Campling) of the MSc International Business and Politics.

Paul’s research focuses on the political economy of European integration, particularly with respect to the EU’s competence in employment and social policy. He is regularly invited to provide expert opinion on these matters by the House of Lords, the European Parliament and the European Commission. He has also provided consultancy work for Oxfam and the World Health Organization.

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Socially Sustainable Globalization
Professor Dr. Klara Boonstra
VU University

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