ITALY IN BRIEF

The following does not constitute legal advice

EMPLOYER’ COSTS

Employer’s burden in Italy is among the highest in Europe and it is around 40% or the employee’s gross salary

 

 

 

OVERTIME, NIGHTSHIFT AND WORK ON A PUBLIC HOLIDAY

Overtime: 15% surcharge up to 48 hours per week, 20% surcharge from 49 hours

Public holidays or Sundays: 30% surcharge

Night work: 50% surcharge

 

MINIMUM ANNUAL VACATION

22 days a year

 

SICK LEAVE

100% of the salary for the first 3 days entirely funded by the employer

75% of the salary from the 4th until the 20th day (50% funded by INPS and 25% funded by the employer)

100% from the 21st day until the 180th day (66.66% funded by INPS and 33.34% by the employer)

 

HEALTH AND SAFETY

Each worker has to undergo a medical examination straight after the beginning of the employment and attend a 8 hours online course to comply with the health and safety regulations in force.

 

PUBLIC HOLIDAYS

In 2022 there will be 13 public holidays in Italy

 

BENEFITS

Nation retirement scheme (the contributions paid by the employer is equal to 23.81% of the gross salary)

Private additional voluntary pension contributions available for the employees

National health care coverage

Mandatory additional private healthcare coverage (Fondo EST and Fondo QUAS)

 

​PROBATION

6 months for Quadro and level I

2 months for all the others levels

 

NOTICE PERIOD

Dismissal

Quadro and Level I: 60 days

Level II and III: 30 days

Level IV and V: 20 days

 

Resignation

Quadro and level I: 45 days

Level II and III: 20 days

Level IV and V: 15 days

 

NUMBER OF MONTHLY SALARIES: 14

13th salary to be paid in December

14th salary to be paid in June

 

MATERNITY

The monthly compensation for maternity leave is equal to 100% of the salary and is due for 5 months (2 before and 3 after the date of birth or 1 month before and 4 after. 80% of this compensation is reimbursed by INPS and 20% is paid solely by the employer. The leave is extended in the case of premature birth or suspended in the case of the infant's stay in hospital in order to benefit from the time not taken during pregnancy or prolonged hospital stay. In the event of adoption or fostering, the 5 months run from the date of entry into the family of the adopted / fostered minor

 

PATERNITY LEAVE

The father can take up to 7 days within the first 5 months from the birth and it is equal to 100% of the salary.

 

TEMPORARY CONTRACT

A temp contract is only allowed if it is not longer than 12 months and it can be renewed (within the aforementioned 12 months) only 4 times.

 

SEVERANCE

Severance in Italy is mandatory even in case of resignation and it is approximately 7.5% of the annual salary. It is accrued on a monthly basis and paid when the employment relationship ends. In same cases the law allow the worker to access these funds also during the period of employment.

 

TERMINATION

Terminating a contract in Italy is not an easy process. The indemnification in case of unjustified termination is between 3 to 36 months’ salary.

 

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