Article i 'Tidsskrift for arbejdsliv' no. 2 1999, page 45-53.
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Firms and their social responsibility

Niels Westergaard-Nielsen

Social responsibility for those who cannot earn their own salary is in the Scandinavian Labour Market Model usually taken over by the State. However, there are situations where it is in the clear interest of the firm to take responsibility for its labour force. One condition is that workers stay long enough with the firm. This condition is seldom fulfilled in Denmark where we have a very high level of labour force turnover at the firm level. The proportion on disability pension has also been growing for the last 16 years. Therefore it is appropriate to ask if the present system of transfer incomes and activation by regulation should be substituted by a system where individuals, firms and unemployment insurance funds would all have economic incentives to keep persons in their jobs even if they can not earn a normal salary. A new proposal is here to give people a tax allowance instead of pension.

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