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Legislative Decree 61/2000 Law on Part-Time Work

Country of implementation
General short description of the innovation
This Act ruled Part-Time work, targeted for less then 40 working hours per week jobs. Part-time work can be: a) horizontal, when working time is reduced daily); b) vertical if working time is reduced weekly, monthly or yearly; or c) mixed, when both horizontal and vertical part-time work combine together. Any change in working hours of part-time contracts is allowed under the agreement of social actors (the so-called elastic or flexible clauses). For this reason this act introduced a) Supplementary work, which refers to additional working hours on horizontal part-time jobs; and b) Extraordinary work, which refers to addition working hours on vertical part-time jobs. /
Target group
Total Population
Policy Field
  • employment
Type of Policy
  • public
Duration of the policy
From 2000 modified by LD 100/2001, L 247/2007, and L 92/2012
Scope of innovation
  • Scope: Structural
  • Budgets: n.a.
  • Number of intended beneficiaries: n.a.
  • Spatial coverage: National
Nature of the innovation-short-term perspective
This Act has a Long-term perspective but further changes at part-time contract settings make evaluations difficult
Type of ideal-typical strategy for the innovation
  • liberalisation
Type of innovation
  • retrenchment or expansion of an existing/earlier policy
New outputs
  • bargaining (Necessary to introduce elastic clauses)
  • regulations of the labour market (MOre flexible labour contracts)
  • working time (New arrangement for Parti-Time work)
Intended target group
Working age population
  • employment situation (enhance employment situation of part-time workers)
  • main source of income: paid work
Employers-private institutional actors
Private employers are involved
Actors involved in policy-making/implementation and/or evaluation
  • central state
  • employers (organised or individual) (employer and emploees organised previously agreed on the overall arrangement and changes to introduce in regulation of part-time jobs)
  • supra/extra national organisations (Law ratified 1997/81/CE)
Clarification of the role of various actors
Labour union are asked to allow a more flexible use of part-time workers (elastic clauses)
Intended output
  • regulation of the labour market (Make working time of part-time employees closers at the needs of employers)
Did the innovation have any outcome related to job quantity?
Fit labour market arrangments with the needs of firmsenhance labour demand by increasing participation in part-time jobsPart-Time contracts
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