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COVID-19 restrictions to international travel that have been enacted since the beginning of the pandemic require individuals traveling to Italy from some foreign countries to observe a 14-day mandatory quarantine.


COVID-19 restrictions to international travel that have been enacted since the beginning of the pandemic require individuals traveling to Italy from some foreign countries to observe a 14-day mandatory quarantine. In a recent ruling by a local labor court, the dismissal for cause of an employee observing mandatory quarantine upon her return from holidays abroad was ruled lawful. According to the court, the employee decided to spend her holidays abroad knowing that this would require her to observe the mandatory quarantine period upon her return, as well as the impact her absence from work would have on the company’s  organization. Such careless and irresponsible conduct has been deemed suitable to undermine the fiduciary bond between the employee and the employer and, therefore, to ground a dismissal for cause.

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Massimiliano (Max) Biolchini joined Baker McKenzie in January 1999. He became a local partner in the Milan office in 2004 and was elected partner in 2011. He is the Head of the Italian Employment Law Practice and is member of the Steering Committee of the EMEA Employment Practice Group. He advises clients on all aspects of labor and employment law. He regularly contributes to the employment section of the prestigious Italian business newspaper Il Sole 24 Ore.

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Uberto Percivalle is a partner in the Firm’s Milan office, where he has practiced since 1990. He focuses on employment law.

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Antonio Luigi Vicoli is counsel in the Employment & Compensation Practice Group of Baker McKenzie Italian offices. He is a multilingual lawyer with English proficiency. Antonio is professionally qualified under the laws of Italy and admitted to practice in Italy, enrolled with the Lawyers’ Bar of Milan.