The government seems to have found the “recipe” to ensure that theaccess to the pension can be anticipated by a few years, placing the cost of flexibility.
It must be said, however, that in this way we refer to one very limited audience of people, as there are not many companies that agree to take it upon themselves.
In detail, we are talking about the expansion contract, a tool that allows the worker to stop working five years early with the company that at the same time must adhere to a plan rejuvenation of staff by hiring new recruits.
Expansion contract: the government is aiming to get out of work five years early
As anticipated, however, it is thecompany itself to take charge dell’allowance recognized to the worker before he reaches the requisites for retirement; moreover, in the event that the worker lacks contributions to achieve the right to an early pension, the employer should also take charge of the missing contribution.
In short, a measure that only a few companies can “economically” afford. And also on the workers side there is who knows which one I earnIndeed, according to estimates, those who stop working by resorting to the expansion contract lose up to 80,000 euros in pension.
Despite this, the Government seems willing to bet again on the expansion contract, strengthening it. The Undersecretary for Labor spoke about it, Tiziana Nisini (Lega), al Corriere della Sera, clarifying how the expansion contract will be an additional tool with which “contrast the five-year staircase that will be created with the end of Quota 100”.
Nisini, Lega: “Retired five years earlier to give space to young people”
Tiziana Nisini, Lega, claims what the Draghi government did for the expansion contract. We recall, in fact, that with the latest measures this instrument has also been extended to companies that have more than 100 employees (whereas previously this was limited only to companies with much higher numbers).
To date, thanks to the innovations introduced with the 2021 Budget Law, it is about 15,000 workers the audience of potential beneficiaries of the expansion contract. But that’s not enough: as explained by Tiziana Nisini, in fact, the next step must be that of drop below 100 employees, thus increasing the number of those who could stop working five years earlier.
But it must be said that, the smaller the company is, the less economic possibilities it will have to bear the costs of the expansion contract and that is why the numbers should remain very low. In short, we cannot think of this measure as the future of pensions, as it is a possibility that will remain limited to a few people.
Surely there is a very important principle behind it: the generational change.
With the expansion contract, in fact, the company gets rid of those who now have some outdated skills in favor of more specialized young people who – for a seniority factor – would cost even less. The worker, therefore, would retire five years in advance, accepting however a reduction in the allowance, while the company could complete a generational change process.
The problem lies in the costs: which companies, after more than a year and a half of economic crisis due to a pandemic, will accept to bear the expenses necessary for early retirement?
As explained by Nisini, however, the government is considering lowering the threshold of 100 employees. It could come to 50, ma ”it is still too early to say because it is necessary to make all the necessary assessments, including those on the coverage”.