Lunch Seminar with Barbara Torres Garcia

Lunch seminar

Title: New rights for new times: the right to work less

About the seminar
The purpose of this research is to study in current legislation the possibility of reducing working hours without a corresponding loss of pay. Certainly, this matter is a historical question, but the last major structural changes in the labour market once again highlighted it. Globalization and the digitalization of the production process (resulting from the use of innovate technologies, some of them based on algorithms and artificial intelligence) may have contributed to increased productivity and business profits, but without any direct benefits for employees. In this context, working time reduction may emerge as a measure of economic and social justice, redistributing growth profits, addressing unemployment (through job sharing), tackling climate change (by the reduction of carbon footprint), and encouraging employee well-being.

About the speaker
Bárbara Torres García is a postdoctoral researcher in the area of Labour and Social Security Law at the University of Santiago de Compostela, and she is an executive committee member of the labour law network ‘CIELO Laboral’. In recent years, her main line of research has been the occupational health and safety of workers in the context of the digitalization, her thesis topic being the prevention of occupational risks in teleworking. Bárbara has also carried out studies on the application of ILO regulatory instruments in Spain, vocational training, and the regulation of the use of time.


Venue: University of Copenhagen, Faculty of Law, JUR-JUSTITIA, 2nd floor, room 7A-2-04, South Campus, Njalsgade 76, DK-2300 Copenhagen S and online on Zoom (link will be provided after registration).

Time: 12:00-13:00

Registration: For participation in the event please use this registration form no later than 9 May 2024 12:00.