Overview of Payroll in Italy 2019

Overview of Payroll in Italy 2019

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Overview course

Recently classified as the most difficult payroll in the world, Italian payroll has a fast-changing multiple layer legislation.

It requires coordination between a huge labor law (above 20 types of individual contract), an impressive  number of National Collective Bargaining agreements (800 and increasing, with 1845 valid agreements as of 2017), local b.a. (above 700), thousands of company agreements.

On top of this, a complex income taxation (1 National, 20 Regional and above 8000 City-hall taxation rules)  a complex public pension scheme (15 big groups  – 89 subgroups of contributions), mandatory public accident insurance (4 big groups of contributions – 40 subgroups), together with protected absenteeism (maternity leaves, sickness, many others), create one of the most complicated payroll algorithm in the world.

Mainly for this, Italian law requires that the company only communicate with public bodies directly or through a certified labour consultant, requiring to coordinate your usual group provider with a local, certified one.

Compliance risk is very high and unexpected costs could arise, even direct impact to the business (missing “DURC” certification), if payroll ful

If your company needs to cope with italian payroll directly or through a branch, no panic! Join our course, we’ll share with your delegates the keys to solve italian payroll complexity and to keep everything under control, either with their direct intervent or through an external provider.

Having attended this course delegates will have confidence that they understand the fundamentals of payroll processing in Italy, are clear about the employer payroll obligations, know what they need to do on both a periodic and annual basis, can answer employee queries and check payslips.

If payrolls are outsourced, delegates will increase their comprehension of end to end payroll cycle from monthly processing  to year end accruals  and annual declarations. If your company wishes to start a payroll globalization or a payroll process transition, this course is the right start to have your teams prepared to the incoming project.

Module 1

  • Country Overview 
  • Employment Law
  • Collective bargaining agreements 
  • Labour Contracts 
  • Individual contracts 
  • Civil Code


  • Key factors influencing Italian Payroll 
  • Pre-requisites to run an Italian payroll 
  • Glossary: terms to know 

Module 2b

  • Payroll Obligations 
  • Social Security Obligations 
  • Italian Payroll cycle
  • Employer’s main obligations  
  • Work Safety Insurance 

Module 3

  • Work Relationships and it’s main impacts
    - Working hours and overtime 
    - Breaks, rests, vacation, public Holidays
    - Annual Leave 
    - Apprenticeships
    - Internships
    - Change of role (promotion/demotion) 
  • Main contracts characteristics 

Module 4

  • Remuneration general principles 
  • Remuneration structure;
    - Gross Salary
    - Supplementary Components
    - Benefits in Kind
    - Assignment Change
    - Separation 
  • Remuneration irreducibility 
  • Productivity bonus and it’s conversation in welfare services 

Module 5

  • Leaves and absences 
    - Vacation
    - Protected absences (Parental Leave, sickness, accident) 
    - Allowances and average daily wage 

Module 6

  • Taxes: Irpef and local taxes 
  • Social contribution 
  • Travel and expenses 

Module 7

  • Italian payslip: main data 
  • Italian payslip: how to read it 


Other means of training 

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Meet our trainer 

With over 26 years of Payroll and Human Resources management experience, Mario currently serves as a consultant in the area of payroll training and hr compliance services for the private sector.

A qualified Labour consultant admitted by the Italian Ministry of Labour to the National Professional Order since 2000, Mario began his career in 1991 in the consulting sector, where he spent 10 years, then focused his efforts on multinational companies’ hr compliance, payroll services and Hr information systems implementation. He’s specialised in HR Processes design and improvement.

Mario has more than 15 years’ experience working as HR practitioner in several Fortune 500 companies, between the others Johnson & Johnson, Crédit Agricole, Deutsche Telekom, Accenture, Wpp, Ericsson, Microsoft, Hewlett Packard, Louis Vuitton Moet Hennessy. He managed payroll in various industries and has seen the changes in payroll through the eyes of large and small companies, both domestic and global.

GPA trainer since 2016, will guide you through one of the most difficult payroll equations in the world.


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