Government subsidies and special relief resources allocated to support employers, and workers, in their efforts to maintain employment and pull through the crisis.
- Fund to save the employment levels of companies owning historical trademarks, having more than 250 employees and facing financial difficulties;
- Relief measures to contribute to remuneration costs, including social costs, of companies particularly affected by the pandemic in order to avoid dismissals during the length of the crisis (please note that individual and collective dismissals are suspended until 17 August 2020);
- Collective agreements at company level or at territorial level shall provide a different reorganisation of working time due to changed economic-productive needs of the company, using part of such reorganised working time for the attendance of training courses. The costs for the attendance of such training courses, including social contributions, shall be borne by a proper Fund;
- Employers that suspend or reduce the time worked in light of the COVID-19 emergency during 2020, may request an economic indemnity from the Government to be paid to the employees, to partially integrate the remuneration lost (e.g. temporary mass layoffs, called “Cassa Integrazione” in Italian legal parlance). Accordingly, employees should be entitled to 80% of the remuneration due to them, as indemnity for the hours not worked. Such a measure is granted up to a maximum of 18 weeks until 31 October 2020;
- The ban on dismissals (individual or collective) for objective reasons has been extended up to 5 months (previously it was for 2 months), starting from 17 March 2020, and, for the same period, those still pending, started after 23 February 2020, are suspended;
- As a way to effectively manage the restart of activities, it is possible to renew or extend until 30 August 2020 the fixed-term agreements in place as of 23 February 2020, even in the absence of the conditions required by Article 19 of Legislative Decree 81/2015;
- Contributions for April and May 2020 have been suspended until 16 September 2020, for companies that suffered a reduction in turnover of more than 33% or 50% in March 2020, depending on whether they had revenues of less or more than €50 million;
- In order to ensure the necessary cash flow to companies based in Italy affected by the COVID-19 epidemic, the company SACE S.p.A. provides guarantees until 31 December 2020 in favor of banks, national and international financial institutions and other authorised entities, for loans of any kind to the aforementioned companies. A company that benefits from the guarantee, undertakes to manage employment levels through trade union agreements.
- From 5 March to 31 July 2020, and for a continuous or split period not exceeding 30 days in total, employees with children not older than 12 years are entitled to a leave, with 50% of the remuneration (allowance paid by INPS). In addition, employees with children up to 16 years old have the right to abstain from work for the entire period of suspension of childcare services and schools, unpaid, with a ban on dismissal and the right to keep their job.
- As an alternative, the employee may choose to receive one or more bonuses to cover the costs of baby-sitting services for children up to 12 years old, up to a maximum of €1,200 gross, to be used for services from 5 March through 31 July 2020.
- There is an increase in the permits available for assistance of disabled family members. The ordinary 3 days of paid monthly leave, covered by imputed contributions, provided by law for such cases, have been increased by an additional 12 days to be enjoyed in May and June 2020.