Keywords: Labour legislation reform; economic and financial crisis; European binding measures.
The author analyses the recent Labour reform (the so-called Monti-
Fornero Reform - Act n. 92/2012) from different perspectives. First, he
considers the historical context in which the reform has been adopted
and the parliamentary and doctrinal debates accompanying its approval.
Then, the goals pursued by the Government and the method followed
are presented and critically commented. The author continues by examining
some specific topics regulated by the legislator (hiring procedures,
unemployment benefits, dismissal and redundancy, workers' information and consultation, civil servants). Particular emphasis is given to the
strong constraints imposed by the economic and financial crisis and to
the European binding measures that have been taken to solve it.