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Articolo 18

Article 18 of Italy's 1970 Workers' Statute has long been seen as the law that makes entrepreneurs say they can divorce their spouses but not their employees. It expanded protection typically granted against religious, sexual and ethnic discrimination into a blanket norm for all companies with more than 15 employees, saying that if a judge rules that a worker has suffered an unlawful dismissal, the worker must be reinstated. The government of Prime Minister Matteo Renzi changed the law: now, if the dismissal is ruled unlawful, the employee isn’t reinstated and gets an economic compensation (no more than 24 months salary). In case of discrimination, nothing changes: the worker must be reinstated.

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  1. Government policies

    Art. 18: yesterday, today and tomorrow

    by Italy24 Staff

    ART. 18 BEFORE THE FORNERO LAWItaly until 2012 provided a single solution to the unfair dismissal of an employee under Article 18 of the Worker’s Statute: reinstatement, and the payment of damages ...

  2. Politics

    Renzi faces the test of first general strike over the labor market reform and the budget

    by Claudio Tucci

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    The Italian government led by Prime Minister Matteo Renzi faced yesterday its first general strike over its labor market reforms. Promoted by two of the country’s largest union organizations, CGIL and UIL, the protest called on the government to radically change its new flexible labor market rules as well as the budget measures included in the Stability Law. The last general strike to take place in Italy was in 2011, when all the three big unions, including CISL, ...

  3. Politics

    The Renzi government's double bet

    by Davide Colombo

    24 Exclusive content for IT24

    After about six months of navigating the straights and narrows of parliament, the Jobs Act has become law. We now expect a bit of propaganda from the government about how fast it will be in approving the enactment measures, starting with the first one – on simplified contracts and terminations - expected for January. A quick and certain timetable has been announced, and so an incessant drumbeat of communication would fit the bill. We know, however, that it won't be a ...