Recent news

Latest items of recent news relevant to Italy which reported in our fortnightly newswire ‘Dernières nouvelles’.

Italy: Employment-related reforms

A number of employment-related reforms are due to be passed by the Italian parliament and come into force this year. Since January tax relief has been available for companies hiring unemployed and socially disadvantaged workers in the less well-developed south of the country.  More recently, a new law on smart working has been introduced. Smart work differs from telework because there is no fixed location. The new law requires employers to enter into a special agreement before work may progress. Key to this law are security for data handled by mobile employees, ways to ensure that such workers comply with working time restrictions and the protection of health and safety of employees working outside company premises.

Italy: A Bill liberalizing the Italian market

A Bill liberalizing the Italian market in a fundamental way has passed through the Italian Senate and must now complete its second reading in the Chamber of Deputies before becoming law …

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Italy: Time-off rights for female employees

The 2016 Bill, submitted last year, allowing women up to 3 days paid menstrual leave is causing controversy as it resurfaces in a heated debate in the Italian national parliament …

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Italy: New rules on foreign secondees

The Department of Labour and Social Security has formalized its constraints on the posting of workers from all foreign countries by setting up an on-line portal …

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Italy: Outsourcing call-centres

It is becoming increasingly difficult for Italian companies to outsource work to call centres outside the EU …

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Italy: Service sector executive deal

Following a national collective agreement for executives (“Dirigenti” and “Quadri”) in the Industrial sector in 2015, a new agreement covering executives in the tertiary, distribution and services sector was agreed this Summer and has just come fully into force …

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Italy: Pay on the move

After remaining static for three months, average contractual hourly wage rates in June rose by 0 …

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Italy: Sickdays, sick system

The Italian government is planning to introduce a number of measures to combat absenteeism, particularly in the public sector …

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Italy: Subject access denied

A first instance court in Verona has denied access to a corporate email account by a dismissed employee who was seeking reinstatement …

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Italy: Limits to direct subject access

A first instance court in Verona has denied access to a corporate email account by a dismissed employee who was seeking reinstatement …

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Italy: Increasing use of job vouchers as payment for work

There is increasing controversy over the use of job vouchers as payment for a broad range of positions throughout the private sector in Italy …

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Italy: Non-EU work permit quota published

Employers wishing to hire non-EU nationals to work in Italy this year should move quickly to submit their applications before the annual quota is met …

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Italy: Amendment to law on requirement to be at home during sick leave

Following an amendment to Italian law, private-sector employees suffering from serious illnesses requiring life-saving treatment or from medical conditions ‘underlying or connected to’ a recognised disability are now formally exempt from the requirement to be available at their home during certain hours during sickness absence …

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Italy: Public authority bans Islamic veil and burqa

The local assembly for the Italian region of Lombardy is the latest public authority to ban the wearing of the Islamic veil and burqa in hospitals and local government offices …

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Italy: Wages set by collective agreements

According to data from Italy’s national statistical office, Istat, at the end of September 2015 62% of employees were covered by wage setting provisions in national collective agreements …

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