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Factsheet for measure IT-2020-12/427 – Updated – measures in Italy
|Country||Italy , applies nationwide|
|Time period||Open ended, started on 17 March 2020|
|Type||Legislations or other statutory regulations|
Income protection beyond short-time work
– Extensions of income support to workers not covered by any kind of protection scheme
|Author||Lisa Dorigatti (University of Milan) and Eurofound|
|Measure added||09 April 2020 (updated 14 September 2021)|
In March 2020 the Government introduced some measures to provide income support also to those workers - partially or totally prevented from work in reason of the COVID-19 outbreak - that were anyway not covered by the main instruments sustaining the majority of the Italian workforce.
The Decree Law No. 18/2020 of 17 March, Article 27, introduces an income support measure of €600 for the month of March for professionals, workers in continuous and coordinated collaboration agreement, self-employed, seasonal workers and workers of the entertainment industry. The benefit will be paid directly from the National Social Security Institute (INPS) and aims at supporting income of those workers which are not eligible for other income support measures such as the different wage guarantee funds.
Always through the Decree Law No. 18/2020, Article 44, the Government allocates further €300 million for income support of professionals registered to private social security agencies and self-employed and employees not covered by any other analogous measure.
A one lump sum of €600 was awarded for the month of March to different groups of workers by Decree-Law No. 18/2020 of 17 March 2020 in order to support their income. The categories included are:
The second and additional fund for income support of professionals registered to private social security agencies and self-employed and employees not covered by another analogous measure, has been increased, from €300 million to €500 million, with the Decree No. 53073 of 27 April 2020 issued by the Ministry of Economy and Finance (MEF).
A further joint Decree issued by the MEF and the Ministry of Labour on 30 April 2020 specified that are covered by this second measure also:
Almost 5 million people are estimated to be eligible for this measure. As of 18 June 2020, 4,896,349 applications have been placed online to National Institute of Social Security (INPS). Out of the total, 83% of applicants received the benefit (4,060,941 workers).
The funds allocated by the Government for the support of professionals registered to private social security agencies (initially about €200 million on the overall amount of €300 million) was used up at a very fast pace, and compelled the government to allocate further €80 million to solve the issue.
According to the National Institute of Social Security (INPS), the total amount paid in to cover this measure amounted to €2,436.6 million for the month of March 2020, and to €2,381.2 million for the month of April 2020.
Workers in non-standard forms of employment
|Does not apply to businesses||Does not apply to citizens|
Social partners' role in designing the measure and form of involvement:
|Trade unions||Employers' organisations|
|Role||No involvement||No involvement|
|Form||Not applicable||Not applicable|
Social partners' role in the implementation, monitoring and assessment phase:
No involvement of the social partners in designing, implementing and monitoring the measure.
The social partners supported the measure.
|Economic area||Sector (NACE level 2)|
|A - Agriculture, Forestry And Fishing||A1 Crop and animal production, hunting and related service activities|
|I - Accommodation And Food Service Activities||I55 Accommodation|
|I56 Food and beverage service activities|
|R - Arts, Entertainment And Recreation||R90 Creative, arts and entertainment activities|
|Occupation (ISCO level 2)|
|Agricultural, forestry and fishery labourers|
Eurofound (2020), COVID-19 indemnity for self-employed, economically dependent workers and employees, measure IT-2020-12/427 (measures in Italy), EU PolicyWatch, Dublin, https://static.eurofound.europa.eu/covid19db/cases/IT-2020-12_427.html
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