Whistleblowing. The 17 December deadline draws closer

From 17 December 2023, companies that, over the past year, have employed an average of not fewer than 50 and not more than 249 employees, with open-ended or fixed-term employment contracts, must activate an internal reporting channel. So what should companies do in view of the 17 December deadline and what to watch out for during company investigations triggered by whistleblowing.

Immigration: new points of interest for highly qualified workers

Directive (EU) 2021/1883 is transposed in Italy by Legislative Decree No. 152 of 18 October regarding the conditions of entry and residence of third-country nationals intending to perform highly qualified work. The measure amends the Consolidation Act on immigration and updates the requirements and procedures for issue of the so-called EU Blue Card, namely the work permit issued, for periods of more than three months and outside the quotas established by the Flow Decree, to foreigners in possession of specific educational and/or professional qualifications. The Decree first redefines the objective requirements for entry into Italy, introducing, as an alternative, the possession of specific qualifications.

Flow Decree 2023-2025: Prime Ministerial Decree published

On 3 October 2023 the Prime Ministerial Decree of 27 September 2023 (the so-called Flows Decree 2023-2025) was published in the Official Gazette, stipulating a total quota of 452,000 foreign citizens for the years 2023, 2024 and 2025 and defining the criteria for entry flows. Of the criteria pertinent to all the years in question the following stand out: a reduction of the gap between the numbers entering and the needs of the labour market, based on a programme of increasing quotas over the three years, consistent with the reception and integration capacity of foreign workers by local communities, the extension of the economic sectors, and incentives to attract highly skilled workers. Further specific criteria for entry within and over and above the set quotas are also detailed.

Smart working: extension of the rights for the extra-vulnerable

Decree Law No. 132 of 29 September 2023 has extended to 31 December 2023 the right to smart working for the so-called “extra-vulnerable” public and private sector employees. Until 31 December 2023, the right to smart working is also recognised for: parents of children under the age of 14; workers who, based on the company doctor’s assessment, are at a greater risk of contagion by Covid-19 due to age or immunodepression.

Whistleblowing: what action to take from 15 July 

The provisions of Legislative Decree 24/2023, which transposed Directive (EU) 2019/1937 on whistleblowing, come into force on 15 July 2023. We remind you that, under this law, an internal whistleblowing channel must be set up by companies that: The obligation to set up an internal reporting channel starts: What, therefore, must the companies in question do? Our firm is ready … Read more

Conversion of Employment Decree Law 2023: more news in employment law 

On 3 July 2023, Law 85 converting, with amendments, the Decree Law 48/2023 on “Urgent measures for social inclusion and access to employment” (see our newsflash “Employment Decree 2023 – What’s new” of 12.05.2023) was published in the Official Gazette. Below are the main provisions of interest to companies. Remote working Remote working continues to … Read more

International Day Against Homophobia, Transphobia, and Biphobia. The importance of valorising and protecting diversity related to gender identity in the workplace.

17 May is the International Day Against Homophobia, Transphobia, and Biphobia established in 2007 by the European Union. The date was chosen to commemorate 17 May 1990, the day on which the WHO removed homosexuality from the list of mental illnesses, calling it for the first time ‘a natural variation of human behaviour’.  The topic concerns … Read more

New directive on Equal Pay and Pay Transparency

In the EU, women earn an average 13% less than men for the same work. This is the starting point for Directive (EU) 2023/970, which aims to establish the right to equal pay for men and women performing the same work or work of equal value. The aim of the European Union is not to affect existing national wage-determination … Read more

Employment Decree 2023: what’s new

Decree Law no. 48 of 4 May 2023 on ‘Urgent measures for social inclusion and access to employment’ has been published in the Official Gazette. The piece of legislation aims to ensure greater flexibility for personnel management and less bureaucracy for companies. In fact, in addition to changes to the Citizenship Income (Reddito di Cittadinanza) … Read more