Extending Italy’s covid redundancy ban
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Art of Neapolitan nativity of S. Gregorio Armeno
Marcello Floris
Marcello Floris is a partner and co-head of Eversheds Sutherland’s employment and pensions team in Italy

In March 2020, the Italian government passed emergency legislation placing a ban on redundancies for economic reasons. This was accompanied by the introduction of a furlough scheme across all sectors of the economy that was not just limited to manufacturing, as had historically been the case.

Dismissals for disciplinary reasons were not included in the ban which concerns solely dismissal for objective reasons or economic, technical, organisational reasons, such as where the role is being abolished due to specific business needs of the company.