With the intent to aid both employees and employers during the COVID-19 pandemic, Italy implemented a COVID-19 Relief Bill, “Ristori-bis,” which has been effective in the country since October 24th, 2020.

The significant factors entailed in the decree are as follows:

  • The obligation to make contributions to social benefits are suspended
  • Employers meeting certain criteria are exempt from making social benefit payments
  • Financial aid for highly effected regions – € 340 million was set aside for 2020, and € 70 million has been allocated towards this initiative for 2021
  • Salary support initiative has gone into effect for employers who have had to reduce or suspend their business operations as a result of the pandemic
  • Employees are permitted salary support for up to 6 weeks, if they were hired before November 9th,2020
  • Parents are permitted to take “special leave”, where they can be compensated at half of their salary
  • To be eligible for special leave, parents must live in “high risk” regions, have children who are in middle school, and have a job where working remotely is not possible

Employer Considerations:
Employers should stay up to date with the Ristori-bis decree eligibility criteria to see if they qualify for any relief packages. Additionally, it is imperative to stay up to date with employee relief packages and eligibility criteria, to ensure labor law compliance is maintained.

The information shared in this article provides general information only, and not professional advice. If you need to consult on international expansion of your business or have specific questions about local policy compliance, contact us today to speak to one of our experts.

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