A year after becoming the first European country to impose a national lockdown for COVID-19, Italy is under lockdown again. The whole country became categorized as “red category” over Easter weekend, due to a high number of cases.

Because of the new lockdown, a ban on dismissal for Italian employees is extended, including the following:

  • Commence collective dismissal procedures and are suspended those started after 23 February 2020, save the case of the staff hired under service contract agreement, re-hired by the new contractor in light of the provisions set forth by the law, NCBA or specific clause contained in the service agreement.
  • Communicate individual dismissal for economic reasons and are suspended as well as the relevant procedures set forth by Article 7 of Law n. 604/1966

In the period between 1 July 2021 and 31 October 2021, employers who submit the request of Assegno Ordinario and CIGD benefit (which are two types of supplementary salary paid by INPS (i.e. Italian Social Security Institute) in case of temporary lay-off), are not allowed to:

  • Commence collective dismissal procedures and those started after 23 February 2020 are suspended, save the case of the staff hired under service contract agreement, re-hired by the new contractor in light of the provisions set forth by the law, National Collective Bargaining Agreement or specific clause contained in the service agreement.
  • Communicate individual dismissal for economic reasons and are suspended are well the relevant procedures set forth for employees hired before 7 March 2015.
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