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Adecco leads debate on flexible labour legislation with London Business School and FT


Adecco, the world's leading HR Services organisation, in collaboration with London Business School and the Financial Times, today brought together leading global commentators on labour law to discuss the economic impacts of flexible legislation with an audience of financial analysts.

Opfikon, Suisse, Jul 2, 2003 

Held at London Business School, the seminar focused on making the labour market more efficient for individuals, companies and society at large. 
 
Expert panellists from markets undergoing legislative labour change included Germany's Professor Peter Schüren (Director of the Institute for Labour, Social and Commercial Law at the Münster University); Roberto Romei (Professor of Labour Law at the University of Florence and a member of the Italian Association of Labour Law and Social Security); Manuel Pimentel Siles (Minister of Labour and Social Affairs in Spain, 1999-2000); Hiroshi Saito (Professor at the Department of Management of Kanto Gakuen University in Japan); and event moderator Richard Donkin, Financial Times columnist and author of several keynote texts on work and management.
 
Jérôme Caille, CEO of Adecco said:  "Flexible labour legislation is a vital lubricant for competitive economies that helps remove barriers both for businesses and people.
 
"Firstly, flexible working is key to integrating new entrants to the workforce and in giving them the chance of lifelong career evolution by training through experience."
 
Jérôme Caille says that flexible working will also have an increasingly beneficial effect later in working life.  "Now, more than ever, we need to introduce more flexible labour legislation to help cope with the effects of demographic change", he said.  "Many commentators - including those at today's seminar - predict a strong demand in developed companies for older workers to bridge the skills gap, alleviate the pressure on pension funds, and to maintain economic growth.  Flexible working can be ideal for re-introducing more senior people into the workforce."
 
Adecco is committed to driving forward the debate and to working with interested parties to resolve existing flexible labour legislation issues.  Referring to Equal Pay - one of the most important current discussion points surrounding the development of flexible working legislation - Jérôme Caille said that, "the principle of equal pay for equal work between temporary and fixed positions is gaining ground around the world.  Labour market regulators are recognising the value that HR agencies like Adecco provide by supplying economic flexibility through 'Just in Time/Just in Skill' quality workforces.  It is not in anyone's interest for any form of exploitation, including over pay, in our industry."
 
Full proceedings of today's event will be available soon on www.thehrportal.com, the Adecco Group's online portal to Human Resources information.
 
Adecco S.A. is a Forbes 500 company and the global leader in HR Solutions. The Adecco Group network connects over 650,000 associates with business clients each day through its network of over 28,000 employees and over 5,800 offices in 63 countries around the world.
Registered in Switzerland, and managed by a multinational team with expertise in markets spanning the globe, the Adecco Group delivers an unparalleled range of flexible staffing and career resources to corporate clients and qualified associates. In the Staffing Services Division, the Adecco network focuses on flexible staffing solutions for global industries in transition, including automotive, banking, electronics, logistics and telecommunications; in the Professional Staffing and Services division, Ajilon offers an unrivaled range of specialized recruiting and consulting businesses; the Career Services Division encompasses our portfolio of outplacement and coaching services, principally under the Lee Hecht Harrison brand; and the e-HR Services Division focuses on online recruiting activities for the Adecco Group, mainly under the jobpilot brand.
 
Adecco S.A. is registered in Switzerland and is listed on the Swiss Exchange (ADEN / trading on Virt-x: 1213860), NYSE (ADO), Euronext Premier Marché (12819).
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