Keywords: open ended contract, labour market reform, employment relationship.
One of the main objectives of the 2012 labour market reform is to
promote the open ended contract as the prevailing contractual form of
employment. The essay shows how this prevalence over other forms of
contractual arrangement is gained, highlighting how the dominance of
the open ended contract reaches beyond the employment relationship. In
this respect, Act 92/2012 reinforces the system of legal assumptions to
confront the wide spread use of self-employment arrangements by converting
these in open ended employment contracts. In the closing part of
the essay a reflection is brought about on the impossibility to reconcile
this preference for the open ended contract with the labour market tendency
to overcome the society of the "permanent job".