Italy: Expanded Parental Leave Rights Provided

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By Rick Vollmar

Aug. 12—The availability of parental leave will be extended from a child's eighth to 12th birthday, under Legislative Decree. N. 80/2015, effective June 25, Towers Watson reported in a July 20 news release.

Going forward, leave will be available to adoptive and foster, as well as biological, parents, and paid leave of up to 30 percent of salary will be available for a maximum six months until the child turns 6 (currently 3). Leave can be taken on an hourly basis.

Under the new law, an employee has the option to extend paternity leave by transferring to part-time work, although working hours may be reduced by no more than 50 percent.

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