Italian Labour Commission passes Jobs Act on for debate

(AGI) Rome, Nov 20 - The green light has been given to theItalian government's Jobs Act by the Chamber of Deputies LabourCommission. Now the measure will be debated in a plenarysession on Friday. Several changes have been made to the textsince it left the Senate, mainly due to divisions within theDemocratic Party. One of the most important changes is inArticle 18 of the Labour Statute that guarantees peopleunjustly fired the right to get their job back. The LabourCommission has passed an amendment proposed by the DemocraticParty which removes this right for

(AGI) Rome, Nov 20 - The green light has been given to theItalian government's Jobs Act by the Chamber of Deputies LabourCommission. Now the measure will be debated in a plenarysession on Friday. Several changes have been made to the textsince it left the Senate, mainly due to divisions within theDemocratic Party. One of the most important changes is inArticle 18 of the Labour Statute that guarantees peopleunjustly fired the right to get their job back. The LabourCommission has passed an amendment proposed by the DemocraticParty which removes this right for workers dismissed foreconomic reasons, and keeps it only in some other cases.Workers fired for economic reasons will receive financialcompensation that increases according to length of service. Thecommission has imposed limits on the equipment companies areallowed to use to monitor their workers. Companies can only useequipment already available for other reasons, likesurveillance cameras, to check where their workers are. TheLabour Commission also reformulated an article that specifiesthe right to wage guarantee fund payments, by stating thatthese payments only stop if the company closes permanently, andnot if there is a chance that activities may be resumed. Agovernment amendment also shortened the time of implementationof the act from 15 days to one day after publication in theOfficial Gazette. Another government amendment simplifies andrationalises regulations on equal opportunities. . .