Recent news

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

Italy: Paid time to dress into uniform

Where the clothing worn whilst on duty differs significantly from that worn when ‘off duty’ an employer must count the periods of changing into and out of it as working time, and it must be paid [Supreme Court case number 33937 of 5th December 2023] …

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Italy: No indemnity in lieu of unused holidays for managers

Although it is normal for an employee to be given full monetary compensation for untaken holidays when they leave their employer, this should not normally be the case for managers who can determine their own holiday schedule …

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Italy: Court nullifies restrictive sectoral legislation

The Supreme Court has nullified article 5, paragraph 8, of Legislative Decree no …

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Italy: Government support in the hospitality sector

Employees in the field of food, drink and tourism will receive a 15% night and overtime supplement from the State …

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Italy: Two months of parental leave in 2024 with 80% of salary

If parents take it in turn to go on parental leave sometime within the first six years of their child’s life, an allowance for one month at 80% of the normal salary is paid …

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Italy: Payment for medical delays

According to the Supreme Court, if an employer signs an agreement with a work agency to hire workers subject to a settlement agreement and pre-employment medical, then any delay in the holding of the medicals after the formal transfer date must be counted as employment with the new employer and paid accordingly …

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Italy: Pace of termination procedure

A long delay in dealing with a disciplinary dismissal does not necessarily invalidate the termination …

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Italy: Demotion no less for being without awareness, or intention

An HR Manager has been found by the Court in Bergamo – a city north east of Milan – to have lost their managerial status by agreeing to continue HR functions whilst allowing their CEO to take over their former decision making responsibility …

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Italy: Health and safety responsibility can be “de facto”

Under the Legislative Decree 81/2008 the person accountable for handling occupational accidents and diseases does not depend on the formal designation of specific authority, but follows from the existence of general responsibility for giving orders to prevent injury …

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Italy: Single Centre of Interests

One of the big dilemmas for major employers is how far they should explore their operations for suitable vacancies in order to offer an alternative to redundancy …

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Italy: Lamborghini to introduce 4-day workweek

The reduction in working time will not involve a pay cut, but quite the reverse – a rise in pay, plus a one-time €1,000 bonus …

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Italy: On-call time status

The Supreme Court has reminded employers that, under the EU working time rules, the only two valid status categories are working time or rest time …

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Italy: Foster parents qualify for reduced leave

The social security organization, INPS, has determined that employees who foster a child are only entitled to three months paid special leave – rather than the five months leave that adoptive parents may claim [Circular 3951] …

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Italy: Dismissal of a stressed employee

The Court of Cremona, in Italy’s Lombardy region, has found that a bank unjustifiably dismissed a ‘Teller’ who lost their temper with a customer and pulled them by the arm …

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Italy: Transfer of undertakings in a contracting context

Where a company puts tasks out to a contractor and then decides to change the provider in favour of another contractor, it has long been the obligation for the incoming contractor to rehire the former contractor’s redundant employees …

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