Paternity Leave: How does paternity leave and pay work in Italy?

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Wioleta MIodowska
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This article describes everything you need to know about paternity leave in Italy. You can find answers to common questions about paternity leave duration, when you can start your leave and how paternity pay works.

In this article we cover:

Duration of paternity leave

In Italy employees are entitled to 10 working days of paternity leave. This leave is mandatory leave. Fathers are still entitled to paternity leave in case of death of the child, in the first 10 days of the child's life or from the first day of the 28th week of pregnancy. Fathers can take 1 extra day if the mother gives up one day of her statutory maternity leave.

When can I start my paternity leave?

Paternity leave can be started on the day the baby is born up to 5th month after the birth or adoption and can be split in periods.

How paternity pay works in Italy

Paternity leave is paid 100% by Italian Social Security (INPS), however it is paid in advance by the employer in the payslip.



Disclaimer: Please be advised that the information provided is for general guidance only and should not be considered legal advice. Clients are strongly encouraged to contact the Lifecycle - Time & Attendance team for expert guidance and assistance in navigating the intricate landscape of time off requirements in Italy. Consulting with our team is imperative to ensure compliance with local employment standards legislation and clearly understand the stipulated time off and attendance related requirements. Your proactive engagement with the Time & Attendance team is vital to making informed decisions and adhering to all relevant regulations.

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