Debates on the future of work have taken a more fundamental turn in the wake of the Covid-19 pandemic. Early in 2020, when large sections of the workforce were prevented from coming to their usual places of work, remote work became the only way for many to continue to perform their professions. What had been a piecemeal, at times truly sluggish, evolution towards a multilocation approach to work suddenly turned into an abrupt, radical and universal shift. It quickly became clear that the consequences of this shift were far more significant and far-reaching than simply changing the workplace’s address. They involved a series of rapid, blockbuster transformations that were going to outlast the ‘mandatory lockdown’ phase of the pandemic.

The 12 chapters collected in this volume provide a multidisciplinary perspective on the impact and the future trajectories of remote work. They raise, discuss and explore fundamental questions emerging around remote work: from the nexus between the location from where work is performed and how it is performed to how remote locations may affect the way work is managed and organised, as well as the applicability of existing legislation. Additional questions concern remote work’s environmental and social impact and the rapidly changing nature of the relationship between work and life.

The contributions in this edited volume develop along several complementary axes, ranging from the discussion of global and societal dynamics to the implications for the contractual relationship between employers and workers. The transformation of the spatial component of work is considered both as a potential paradigm shift for the world of work and as a challenge for the implementation of specific regulatory regimes. An important insight that emerges from the multidimensional approach of this volume is that the establishment of a worker centred future of (remote) work requires the exploration and development of constructive pathways at different levels and in different directions involving the role of regulators, courts, trade unions, researchers, businesses and workers themselves

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Table of contents

The future of remote work_2023.pdf

Contents-The future of remote work_2023.pdf

Introduction-The future of remote work_2023.pdf

Chapter1-Some reflections on the experience of telework during the Covid-19 pandemic: a paradigm shift and its implications for the world of work_2023.pdf

Chapter2-Remote platform work and the flexible workforce: what global dynamics can we see?_2023.pdf

Chapter3-Remote work and the green transition_2023.pdf

Chapter4-Home-based telework, gender and the public-private divide_2023.pdf

Chapter5-Remote work as a new dimension of polarisation: Individual and contextual determinants of the relationship between working from home and job quality_2023.pdf

Chapter6-Sowing the seeds of unionisation? Exploring remote work and work-based online communities in Europe during the Covid-19 pandemic_2023.pdf

Chapter7-Remote work: ensuring trade union and workers’ rights through collective bargaining_2023.pdf

Chapter8-Out of sight, out of mind? Remote work and contractual distancing_2023.pdf

Chapter9-Digital and remote work: pushing EU labour law beyond its limits_2023.pdf

Chapter10-Remote work in private international law_2023.pdf

Chapter11-Enforcing the rights of remote workers: the case of digital nomads_2023.pdf

Chapter12-Parallel universes: the future of remote work and the remoteness of future work_2023.pdf