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Italy – Entrepreneurs know little about labour reforms

25 September 2012

Although Italy has introduced important labour reforms this year, not many seem to know what they are actually about, a new survey by Italian staffing firm Gi Group has shown this week.

According to their research, which was disclosed at a conference yesterday, three out of five entrepreneurs claim to be unaware of the contents of the labour market reforms.

Among the 1,900 respondents in Italy, 59% said they knew little about the labour reforms. This lack of awareness is even greater among entrepreneurs as nearly 64% said they were unfamiliar with the new legislations.

A worrying 11% said they knew nothing at all about what the reforms were about. Almost 22% of entrepreneurs agreed, compared to 11% of employees.

The research also showed that most participants (58%) had picked up on the labour reforms by reading the daily press, which was followed by gathering information from the internet (35%).

Around a third drew their knowledge of the reforms from material published by research bodies, unions or employers’ associations.  

The labour reforms were enforced in July this year, making significant changes regarding temporary employment relationships.

Fixed-term employment agreements can now be used freely without companies having to provide a reason to do so. Beforehand, employers had to justify the use of fixed-term contracts based on organisational and production reasons.

The minimum period between consecutive temporary employment contracts has also been extended to 60 days in case the agreement does not exceed six months; for contracts exceeding this timeframe, the period has been extended to 90 days. 

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