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Italian employment law training

Who should attend

This Italian employment law training course is relevant to international HR managers and directors in the UK who have responsibility for employees in Italy. It will also be useful to managers and directors who anticipate entering the Italian market and who need to be aware of their responsibilities to their people.


Italy probably has the most complex employment law in Europe. Did you know that in Italy: there are more than 400 national collective agreements in force; four different categories of employees, all subject to specific (and different) rules and regulations; and that unfair dismissal claims can, and do, result in compulsory reinstatement and awards of more than 40 months of salary?

Led by an Italian employment lawyer, this course provides an overview of the implications of employing people in this key European jurisdiction and arm you with awareness of likely pitfalls so that you are not caught out.


Please note that this course programme will run over two afternoons (2 x 3 hour course sessions). Day 1 will take place on 12 December and Day 2 will take place on 13 December 2022.
14.00 Start, 17.00 Close (on both days)

Day One

Introduction and expectations



  • sources of employment law plus similarities and key differences
  • cultural differences in inter-personal relations
  • Italian corporate structure and its impact
  • key players, trade unions, works councils and employers associations


Working with the works council

  • formation of a works council
  • works council rights
  • dealing with works council


Getting started

  • recruitment issues, the dos and don'ts of interviewing and understanding references
  • key terms in contracts of employment
  • typical benefits
  • secondment to Italy

Day Two

Day to day employee management

  • equal treatment
  • dealing with absence and performance
  • discipline and grievance


Termination of employment

  • general dismissal protection
  • special dismissal protection
  • claims and the employment court
  • termination by agreement


Questions and answers


Speaker details to follow.

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