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Factsheet for measure IT-2020-12/450 – measures in Italy

Reward for employees exposed to risk in March

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Country Italy , applies nationwide
Time period Temporary, 17 March 2020 – 31 December 2020
Context COVID-19
Type Legislations or other statutory regulations
Category Ensuring business continuity and support for essential services
– Remuneration and rewards for workers in essential services
Author Lisa Dorigatti (University of Milan) and Eurofound
Measure added 10 April 2020 (updated 04 May 2020)

Background information

With the Decree Law No. 18/2020 of 17 March 2020 the Italian Government intervened in order to provide a reward to workers that during the month of March 2020, despite the warning related to the COVID-19 outbreak, needed anyway to go to their workplaces, exposing themselves to an higher degree of risk with respect to those that had the possibility to work from home.This reward was granted in form of a special bonus to be added to the workers' ordinary monthly wage of March 2020.

Content of measure

The measure introduced a special reward for dependent workers who have worked in the month of March at their workplaces, instead then from home. The reward amounts to €100 and is granted to dependent workers which have earned a gross yearly labour income below €40,000 in 2019. The reward has the same amount both for full-time and part-time employees, and is calculated in proportion to the number of days in the month the employee actually workers at its workplace. The bonus will be paid automatically by employers starting from April 2020 and in any case by the end of 2020.

Use of measure

No information available

Target groups

Workers Businesses Citizens
Employees in standard employment
Does not apply to businesses Does not apply to citizens

Actors and funding

Actors Funding
National government
Company / Companies
National funds

Social partners

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:

  • Unknown
  • Main level of involvement: Unknown



Views and reactions

Social partners were not involved in the decision making process.



Eurofound (2020), Reward for employees exposed to risk in March, measure IT-2020-12/450 (measures in Italy), EU PolicyWatch, Dublin,


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