Social Security Outside the Realm of the Employment Contract
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Social Security Outside the Realm of the Employment Contract

Informal Work and Employee-like Workers

Edited by Mies Westerveld and Marius Olivier

All over the world countries face the challenge of inadequate social security coverage for workers without an employment contact. In countries of the global south, this phenomenon is a natural consequence of large informal economies. Countries in the global north increasingly witness the same issue, due to growing labour market flexibility (flex contracts, dependent self-employment, digitization of labour). In this book authors from both hemispheres exchange insights, experiments and practices with the intention of finding better ways to deal with the social security challenges facing workers.
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Chapter 10: Social protection for workers outside the traditional employment contract – a Swedish example

Annamaria Johansson Westregård

Abstract

This chapter contains an outline of the Swedish social security system, with a focus on health insurance, parental allowance and unemployment insurance. The Swedish legislator’s ambition has been to create parity between different forms of employment as well as between those who are self-employed and those who operate in different company structures. Legislative amendments in this area have mainly provided those self-employed with the same rights of pay level as well as basic access to relevant insurance policies, but there are still legislative problems. Swedish labour and social security legislation still focus on permanently employed in large firms with regular working hours and incomes for whom the system is built. A particular challenge has now arisen in the new digitalised economy and its performing parties, crowdworkers.

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