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Employment Law Italy

Gain an understanding of Italian employment law in practice and acquire the knowledge and confidence to deal effectively with cross country HR issues

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Please note that the 2021 courses will be now delivered virtually. Contact us on 020 7549 2549 or email for more information and to book. Price: £495+VAT | €595 +VAT | $595 +VAT

If you are responsible for staff in Italy – or expect to be in the near future – now is a great time to make sure you know all about the changes taking place.

Italian Employment Law is undergoing major changes. The 'Jobs Act' came into force on 1 March 2015 and new rules will be implemented by ‘decrees’ at various stages.

Key areas of change include:

  • New rules governing unfair dismissal that apply to newly appointed staff.  The widely used remedy of reinstatement will be restricted in future,  no longer applicable to redundancies based on ETO reasons.  Financial compensation will be the norm, other than in certain specific categories.
  • Reduction in the number and type of employment contracts and the introduction of a new standard permanent contract, as a common form of employment agreement.
  • Introduction of an ‘hourly minimum salary’ for all employment relationships.
  • Greater flexibility for employers to change the  duties of employees.
  • Changes to the rules on privacy at work and remote surveillance.
  • Family-friendly measures aimed at supporting working parents.
  • New regulations on unemployment benefits, redundancy payments and tax.

Additionally, the course will cover Covid-19 employer compliance requirements, effective October 2021, including the ‘Green Pass’ and new workplace access rules.

And that is just the start.  So, if your company is setting up office in Italy – or already has existing operations – then there is no better time to get to grips with key Italian employment laws.

  • Understand the legal framework governing Italy, including latest developments and law in the pipeline
  • Explore the cultural issues and current working conditions in Italy
  • Get all your questions on Italian employment law answered by our legal expert
  • Benefit from case study based learning to put the law into practice

Registration and coffee


An overview of the employment law framework in Italy

  • Introduction to Italian employment law
  • The Civil Law system
  • Social framework
  • 2015 legislation: “Jobs Act”, new rules on: Hiring; Dismissals; Settlements; Waivers; Managing freelancers/self-employed



Recruiting staff and making employment contracts

  • Getting to grips with key recruitment issues: non-discrimination; asking personal questions; checking for criminal records; references
  • Understanding the different types of employment contracts and related terms (fixed term employment, consultancy contracts and agency staff )
  • Key terms in employment contracts: job titles and levels; language; duration; trial periods; restrictive covenants; notice periods
  • Salary, benefits and pension schemes

Lunch and networking


Day-to-day employee management, discipline and grievances

  • Working time, leave and shifts
  • Employees' data protection rights
  • Distance monitoring and internal investigations
  • Management of poor performance
  • Key aspects of disciplinary and grievance procedures
  • Secondment



The new legislation: Termination of employment and its consequences

  • Dismissing an employee: date of hiring as the key element to understand the consequences of an unfair dismissal
  • Pitfalls and risks connected to an unfair dismissal: general dismissal protection
  • Notice periods, severance and termination indemnities, compromise agreement
  • Individual and collective dismissal procedure

Discrimination law

  • Discrimination legislation
  • Bullying and harassment

Working with the Works Council

  • Works councils’ rights: information and consultation
  • Unions’ rights

What's on the horizon?

  • Future developments in employment law - the prospective change in the framework of the Jobs Act
  • Areas of concerns for employers

Final Questions and Answers


Close of seminar

Federico Strada

Federico Strada

I am a Senior Counsel in the Employment department of DLA Piper Italy and I am based in the Milan office. Active in the labour, data protection and health and safety fields, I have gained extensive experience, assisting both Italian and international client, on domestic and cross border matters. I am also well-versed in international profiles thanks to the long time spent working with major international law firms in Milan and London. I am a regular lecturer in seminars and tutorials focusing on Italian Employment law in London and is co-editor and author of the Italian chapter of "Employment Law in Europe", an extensive guide to employment law in 28 European jurisdictions. I am also a member of the Surveillance Committee, set up in compliance with Legislative decree no. 231/2001, in Italian and foreign companies. I specialise. in the aviation, insurance, food and oil & gas sectors. I gained my law degree at the University of Milan and I'm admitted to the Milan Bar.


Company directors, personnel and HR managers, employee relations professionals, in-house counsel, lawyers, line managers and anyone with responsibility for staff in Italy

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