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Factsheet for measure IT-2022-33/2888 – measures in Italy

Corporate welfare and help with bills for employees

Welfare aziendale e aiuti bollette

Country Italy , applies nationwide
Time period Temporary, 09 August 2022 – 31 December 2022
Context War in Ukraine
Type Legislations or other statutory regulations
Category Responses to inflation
– Support for energy bills
Author Alessandro Smilari (Fondazione Giacomo Brodolini)
Measure added 14 September 2022 (updated 10 October 2022)

Background information

Decree-Law No. 115 of 9 August 2022, published in Official Gazette No. 185 of 9 August 2022, is called the 'Decreto Aiuti Bis', as it adds to or modifies some of the points contained in the previous 'Decreto Aiuti' (Decree-Law No. 50 of 17 May 2022). This decree contains measures against the high cost of living and rising energy costs. In order to implement the package, €15 billion has been earmarked, plus a further €2 billion for long-term measures.

Content of measure

Possible contributions by companies for the payment of domestic utilities for the integrated water service, electricity and natural gas are foreseen in the Aid Decree Bis 2022. Such subsidies, which are of the 'fringe benefit' type, will fall under the corporate welfare rules. These items will therefore also be among those that do not contribute to income formation, up to the limit raised again to €516 also for 2022.

Once the total amount of €600 is exceeded, the entire amount of goods and services recognised by the employer will be included in the employee's income.

A different matter, however, for petrol vouchers, for which an autonomous ceiling of €200 has been envisaged.

The amount allocated for this measure is unknown.

Use of measure

No data available.

Target groups

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

Actors and funding

Actors Funding
National government
No special funding required

Social partners

Social partners' role in designing the measure and form of involvement:

Trade unions Employers' organisations
Role Informed Informed
Form Not applicable Not applicable

Social partners' role in the implementation, monitoring and assessment phase:

  • Unknown
  • Main level of involvement: Unknown

Involvement

The social partners were informed about the contents of the decree. As far as trade unions are concerned, those definitely informed are CGIL (Confederazione Generale Italiana del Lavoro), CISL (Confederazione Italiana Sindacati Lavoratori) and UIL (Unione Italiana del Lavoro), the three main confederations. As for the employers' associations, those definitely informed are Confcommercio, Confesercenti, Federdistribuzione, Alleanza cooperative, Federterziario, Confservizi and Confetra.

Views and reactions

No data available.

Sources

Citation

Eurofound (2022), Corporate welfare and help with bills for employees, measure IT-2022-33/2888 (measures in Italy), EU PolicyWatch, Dublin, https://static.eurofound.europa.eu/covid19db/cases/IT-2022-33_2888.html

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