Company welfare in a European and comparative perspective
The idea of this research arose from the common observation that the importance of Company Welfare has definitely increased in Italy in the last twenty years because of the crisis of the Welfare State National System.
The purpose of this research is to describe how in some countries (Spain, Germany, Hungary, Italy and Sweden) which are very different from a legal, economical and social point of view, PMI companies (Comm. Racc. 2003/361/EC) structure and develop their welfare system, that is the combination of benefits and services that companies grant to employees in order to improve their life conditions (e.g. economic benefits, health services, food and transport benefits, educational grants).
In order to allow a final comparison of the national experiences, the project will focus on the following topics related to each country: the social protection system and the relation between Public Welfare and Company Welfare; the sources of regulation of the Company Welfare: law, collective bargaining etc.; the needs of employers taken into consideration by Company Welfare (i.e. health, family, education, training, free time, income) and the benefits and services conferred (health insurances, daycare center, subsidies for schoolbooks, for training and education in general, leisure facilities); the good practices; the financial sustainability of Company Welfare (private and public funding).
Person in charge: William Chiaromonte
Metodology: Legal studies; European and comparative perspective
Impact: Academics and practitioners
Resulting Publications: An edited book published in 2017.