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Massimiliano Biolchini

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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.

The Italian government and the National Trade Unions signed on 6 April 2021 the new Protocol on Health and Safety measures in the workplace (document in Italian here), with the aim of containing the spread of the COVID-19 virus and which updates the previous protocol signed on 14 March 2020 and updated on 24 April 2020 (see our newsletter on the protocol of 14 March here and the one on the protocol of 24 April here).

In brief On January 1, 2021, the Budget Law for the year 2021 and the period 2021-2023 came into force, providing for a number of new employment related provisions, some of which related also to the COVID-19 emergency. Contents COVID-19 RELATED SALARY SUPPORT SCHEMES (“CIGO”, “FIS” and “CIGD”) EXEMPTION FROM…

In brief Employers cannot stop paying salary even when business activity is suspended due to COVID-19. Contents Indeed, according to the Labour Courts of Bologna, the employer’s decision to  temporarily shut down business activity during COVID-19 does not constitute a force majeure event that can justify the suspension of payment of…