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XIV International Conference in Commemoration of Professor Marco Biagi

WELL-BEING AT AND THROUGH WORK

Modena, 17-18 march 2016

 

The concept of well-being is increasingly considered by policy-makers and scholars as a framework that brings together different issues relating to worker protection. Significant in this respect is the substantive body of legislation, policy and research elaborated by the European Union and its specialized agencies, namely the European Agency for Safety and Health at Work and the European Foundation for the Improvement of Living and Working Conditions.
Such analytical framework provides a useful perspective as it makes possible an exploration of the functional and theoretical links between a number of research strands and disciplines with a common focus on the personal dimension of the worker, analysed in its relationship with work organization and ongoing changes in the labour market.
A substantial body of research, inspiring policy-making at several levels (national as well as European), envisages a positive relationship between competitiveness-oriented organizational and regulatory strategies based on flexibility, innovation and productivity, on the one hand, and their externailities in terms of job satisfaction, health, and other indicators of employee personal well being, on the other.
However, reserarch also underlines the risks for employees arising from new forms of employment as well as from new patterns of traditional employment. Flexible working schedules, enhanced job mobility, increased functional autonomy and atypical forms of work may prove beneficial in providing better opportunities for vocational development, work-life balance, and integration into the labour market for certain categories of workers, but they may also entail social and occupational isolation, labour market segmentation, a sense of insecurity, a lack of social protection, and other factors that can adversely affect worker health and safety, leading to stress, injuries and occupational diseases.
Hence, the developments in the world of work challenge policy-makers, social partners and researchers to update the traditional machinery and put into practice new tools to ensure that workers are protected from the risks arising from the workplace.
The conference aims to include contributions from different disciplinary perspectives (law, industrial relations, economics, organization theory, sociology, psychology, ergonomics), in order to broaden the knowledge base about changes in the world of work and their impact on personal well-being.
Opportunities and risks need to be examined together to cast light on recent developments and to outline innovative solutions in respect of how regulators (lawmakers, the social partners and other stakeholders and relevant actors) can contribute to promoting the conciliation of different needs to achieve solutions that match the needs and opportunities of changing employment patterns with the well-being and fair treatment of workers.

 


Accreditation (only for italian participants)
Ordine dei Consulenti del lavoro di Modena (delibera 27.01.2016): 6 crediti per ogni giornata intera, 3 crediti per ogni mezza giornata
Ordine degli Avvocati di Modena (delibera 9.02.2016): 2 crediti per ogni sessione

 

Co-funded by

Confindustria Modena
Banca Popolare dell’Emilia Romagna
Unicredit Banca


 

Program

 

THURSDAY 17 MARCH 2016

14.00-15.30   Opening Session

Chair: E. ALES, University of Cassino and Southern Lazio (Italy)

Keynote speech


Methodologies for Wellbeing Measurement and an Illustration for Work Well-being

J. KRISHNAKUMAR, University of Geneva (Italy)

Well-being at Work under a Legal Perspective

L. LEROUGE, University of Bordeaux, CNRS and COMPTRASEC (France)

Innovative Approaches to Work Organizations and their Implications on Well-being. What trends? What opportunities? What challenges?

T. TORRE, University of Genoa (Italy)

15.30   Break

15.45-17.15   First Plenary Session

DETERMINANTS OF WELL-BEING AT WORK

Chair: A. NEAL, University of Warwick (UK)


Work-related Stress: Measurement and Determinants Comparing Different Techniques

T. ADDABBO, University of Modena and Reggio Emilia (Italy); S. CAPECCHI, Federico II University of Naples (Italy); D. PICCOLO, Federico II University of Naples (Italy); E. SARTI, Marco Biagi Foundation, University of Modena and Reggio Emilia (Italy)

Safety and Work: Information, Capacity and Research

V. BORGHI, University of Bologna (Italy)

Work-related Stress and Organizational Choices: Mixing Methods to Promote Well-being at Work in a Subcontracting Company

Y. CURZI, Marco Biagi Foundation, University of Modena and Reggio Emilia (Italy); T. FABBRI, University of Modena and Reggio Emilia (Italy); C. NARDELLA, INAIL (Italy)

Fit@work: The Comprehensive Health and Well-being Programme of the European Commission

U. MACCHITELLA, Social Welfare Unit, Directorate-General Human Resources and Security, European Commission (Belgium); G. GALLIZIOLI, Sport and Leisure Clubs Association, European Commission (Belgium)

Discussant

J. ROJOT, University of Paris II Panthéon-Assas (France)

Debate

17.15   Break

17.30-18.45   Parallel Session 1

SOURCES AND TECHNIQUES FOR HEALTH AND SAFETY ENFORCEMENT

Chair: F. BASENGHI, University of Modena and Reggio Emilia (Italy)


Health and Safety in a Gender Perspective: Problems, Perspectives and the Role of Collective Bargaining

R. NUNIN University of Trieste (Italy); M. D. FERRARA, University of Trieste (Italy)

Incentives for Workplace Health and Safety through Social Security Contributions: Bonus-Bonus vs. Bonus-Malus Schemes

M. LUQUE PARRA, Pompeu Fabra University, Barcelona (Spain); R. SERRANO OLIVARES, University of Barcelona (Spain); A. GINÈS FABRELLAS, ESADE-Universitat Ramón Llull (Spain)

Falling through the Legal Cracks: The Fragmentation of China’s Workplace Health & Safety Regime

M. ZOU, Chinese University of Hong Kong (China)

Discussant

R. ROGOWSKI, University of Warwick (UK)

Debate

17.30-18.45  Parallel Session 2

WELL-BEING AT AND TROUGH WORK: MEANING AND MULTIPLE DIMENSIONS

Chair: L. E. GOLZIO, University of Modena and Reggio Emilia (Italy)


What’s Still Important about Work? A Longitudinal and Cross-country Analysis of Prevalent Attitudes towards Work over the last 40 years

R. ALBANO, University of Turin
(Italy); T. PARISI, University of Turin (Italy)

Job Satisfaction and Compensating Wage Differentials among Workers in Italy

F. E. CAROLEO, Parthenope University of Naples (Italy); G. S. F. BRUNO, Bocconi University of Milan (Italy); O. DESSY, Cà Foscari University of Venice and Catholic University of Milan (Italy)

Working Conditions and Well-being at Work through the Crisis in European Countries

T. ADDABBO, University of Modena and Reggio Emilia (Italy); M. CENTRA, ISFOL (Italy); M. CURTARELLI, Ecorys UK – Policy and Research Division (UK); V. GUALTIERI, ISFOL (Italy)

Discussant

S. BERTOLINI, University ot Turin (Italy)

Debate




FRIDAY 18 MARCH 2016

9.00-10.30   Second Plenary Session
WORKING TIME AND WORKERS WELL-BEING

Chair: T. TREU, President of the International Society of Labour and Social Security Law (Italy)


Part-time Work with Part-time Retirement: towards an Alliance between Labour Law and Pensions for the Healthy Ageing of the Workforce

M. KULLMANN, University of Maastricht (Netherlands); M. ROCCA, Université Catholique de Louvain (Belgium)

Recent legislative advances in matter of working time: the Portuguese regime

A. T. RIBEIRO, Oporto Law School, Portuguese Catholic University (Potugal)

Sustainable Work, Work-life Balance and Flexible Working Time

C. SPINELLI, Aldo Moro University of Bari (Italy)

Is Smart Working a Win-Win Solution? First Evidence from the Field

D. SARTI, University of Florence (Italy); T. TORRE, University of Genoa (Italy)

Discussant

C. KOLLONAY-LEHOCZKY, Central European University, Budapest (Hungary)

Debate

10.45-12.40   Guest Panel
WORKPLACE DISCRIMINATION AS AN OCCUPATIONAL INJURY

Chair: S. BISOM-RAPP, Thomas Jefferson School of Law, San Diego, California (USA)


Theorizing Vengeance: Social Identity and Psychological Profiling at Work

M. BARNES, University of California-Irvine School of Law (USA)

To Be Aggrieved by Workplace Discrimination

D. W. GREENE, Cumberland School of Law, Samford University, Birmingham, Alabama (USA)

Workplace Benefits and Low-Wage Workers: Family-Friendly for Whom?

T. JONES, Duke University School of Law, Durham, North Carolina (USA)

Everyday Indignities

T. SMITH, DePaul University College of Law, Chicago (USA)

Racial Emotion and Identity Development: The Psychological Snapshot of Marginal Whiteness

C. GEAR RICH, University of Southern California Gould School of Law (USA)

Discussants

S. BISOM-RAPP, Thomas Jefferson School of Law, San Diego, California (USA)
N. LYUTOV, Moscow State University (Russia)

12.40   Lunch

14.00-15.45   Third Plenary Session
SENSITIVE WORKERS AND MENTAL HEALTH: THEORETICAL AND EMPIRICAL INSIGHTS

Chair: S. HUNGLER, ELTE University, Budapest (Hungary)


The costs of unemployment in terms of mental health. The case of Modena district in Italy

T. ADDABBO, University of Modena and Reggio Emilia (Italy); E. SARTI, Marco Biagi Foundation (Italy);  F. STARACE, Department of Mental Health and Pathological Dependencies, Local Health Office, Modena (Italy)

Corporate Welfare and Public Policies in Care Services

G. RISSO, Public Employment Service, Metropolitan City of Turin (Italy); D. OLIVA, Training and Employment Department, Institute for Social Research, Bologna (Italy)

The New Supplementary Indicators to Unemployment Rates: An Alternative Interpretation of the Labour Market

N. STYLIANIDOU, ISTAT (Italy)

Psychosocial Risk of Harassment at Work: Comparative Research into French and Italian Experience and Possible Lessons for Russia

E. SYCHENKO, University of Catania (Italy)

Discussant

M. MONSALVE, University of Gran Colombia (Colombia)

Debate

15.45-17.15   Fourth Plenary Session
WORKERS WITH DISABILITIES: WORK AND EMPLOYMENT ISSUES

Chair: J. BELLACE, The Wharton School, Philadelphia (USA)


Access to Employment for People with Disabilities: Critical Analysis of the Italian Provisions

R. ALBANO, University of Turin (Italy); E. BALLOCCHI, Marco Biagi Foundation, University of Modena and Reggio Emilia (Italy); Y. CURZI, Marco Biagi Foundation, University of Modena and Reggio Emilia (Italy); P. M. TORRIONI, University of Turin (Italy)

Normative Basis of Reasonable Accommodation for Employees with Disabilities

J. NAKAGAWA, Hokusei Gakuen University, Sapporo Hokkaido (Japan)

Improving Return-to-Work and Disability Management in the Developing World: Pointers emanating from International Instruments, Standards and Guidelines

M. OLIVIER, University of Western Australia (Australia), Northwest University (South Africa); A. GOVINDJEE, Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University (South Africa)

Does the Presence of Disabled Household Members Affect the Employment Probabilities of Working-Age Relatives? Evidence from Four Western European Countries

D. SCIULLI, University of Chieti-Pescara (Italy); C. MUSSIDA, Catholic University, Milan-Piacenza Branch (Italy)

Discussant

G. RISSO, Public Employment Service, Metropolitan City of Turin (Italy)

Debate

17.15   Closing Remarks

M. WEISS, J.W. Goethe University, Frankfurt am Main (Germany)