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A Guide to Annual Leave Entitlements in Italy for Overseas Employers

We had an enquiry from a client who was hiring an employee in Italy and needed to know the Italian law on annual leave entitlements, or in other words, the number of required days of vacation each year.  Italy, like many European countries, may have more vacation days than in the home country, so it is important to understand how it is structured.

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Here is how we responded to explain the exact rules for both expats and Italian employees:

Annual Leave Entitlements in Italy for Overseas Employees 

  1. An employee is entitled to 26 days per year of leave, but it is accrued according to the number of months worked.
  2. Accrual of leave begins on the date of hiring, at a rate of 2.17 days per month.
  3. If the leave is not used by the employee, it is rolled over into the next year, and there is no cap on the number of days that can be accrued.
  4. If the employee is terminated or repatriated, any unused leave must be paid out to the employee.
  5. As a pro-labor country, Italy favors the employee’s right to accumulate all of their leave if they choose, and they cannot be forced to use it.

The Shield GEO Solution

One of the services that we provide to our clients is tracking the amount of leave taken and/or accrued on a monthly basis.  That way, when the employee is terminated, or the assignment ends, we can ensure that the employee is paid the correct amount and that our client is in full compliance with local labor laws.

By handling theses types of administrative and employment tasks, Shield GEO can support your HR department’s effort to manage your overseas employees.  We make international employment simple.

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