New gender equality laws are working their way through the system. The proposals seek to reduce wage discrimination, introduce equality plans in private companies and provide fathers with eight days’ paternity leave. The new legislation should come into force in January 2007.
New legislation (the so-called ‘Decreto Bersani’) aimed at achieving a greater degree of competition – mainly in the professional services arena – has received a mixed reaction in Italy. While consumers’ associations have welcomed the changesas introducing greater choice, professional associations have predictably criticised the reforms, as they believe they will reduce the quality of services rendered.
By Sue Nickson, partner and international head of human capital at Hammonds