Weekly Newsletter Italy: 31 March to 6 April 2014 — Jobs Act; more controls of project workers; and more

Jobs Act: the draft law passed to the Senate
Among the innovations provided by the draft law — which completes the so-called Jobs Act and was sent to the Senate on the morning of 1 April, for following a parallel procedure together with that just started for the Decree Law no. 34/2014 — there is the introduction of a contract with increased rights that will be for companies, as well as the apprenticeship, a little more attractive than fixed-term contract and a little less favourable than permanent employment. Besides, there is the reorganisation of the social security cushions: the aim is the immediate removal of the ‘unemployment benefits in derogation’ and the gradual exit from the ‘Wage Guarantee Fund in derogation’.

More controls on project workers and self-employee with VAT numbers
There has been strong opposition on the improper use of the contracts with project workers and self-employees with VAT numbers. The Ministry of Labour announced the strengthening of the checks, aiming to identify the unlawfulnesses and to impose sanctions against the irregularities that already in 2013 led to the requalification of 19,000 working positions: 15,495 of them in the services sector, 1,629 in the industry, 1,099 in the building industry and 165 in the agriculture…

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