This is why Southern Europe is a mess
Look ahead and reason back: Italy
If you can measure absenteeism, you can control it
But I never realized how bad it was until I received this e mail from my daughter who is studying in Rome this summer:
Today, in my global practicum class we had a speaker who owns several McDonald's franchises in Rome and he enlightened us on the troubles of being an employer in Italy
First of all, he said, all employees who are hired, are hired for life.
They are allotted 6 weeks of paid vacation per year-- even working at Mcdonald's!!!
Each employer must pay a 100 percent tax of what he pays to the employee to the government.
Each employee has a 6 month paid sick leave per year that they can take with a valid doctors note. (which many tend to pull off with ease)
Employees are not allowed to be fired for poor behavior or work ethic, only if they steal or destroy company property.
If the employee is fired and sues the employer, the case is taken to civil court. Most of these cases can take up to 3 years to be processed, 90% of the time the judge rules in favor of the employee and then the employer must pay 15 months salary for firing them, pay the salary they would have earned during the three years it took the case to be processed, and then must rehire the employee.
So basically no one wants to own or start a business in Italy, but everyone wants a freaking job.
Feel free to forward this to father, I am sure he would be interested, and I thought America was corrupt.
Her semester abroad seems like money well spent.