Farewell to the Covid layoffs. The 67 weeks of Covid cash that industrial companies were able to use between 2020 and 2021 ends on 30 June, divided into various tranches, regulated by the various emergency measures.
What happens from July 1st? From that moment on, employers will have to access shock absorbers of Legislative Decree no. 148/2015 to reduce or suspend productive activity. Based on the provisions of the Sostegni bis decree, recourse to the Ordinary CIG or extraordinary CIG, facilitated with the exemption from the payment of the additional contribution until 31 December 2021 and on condition that individual and collective dismissals are not carried out.
From July stop at the Covid redundancy fund
The Sostegni decree provided for an additional thirteen weeks of CIGO for the benefit of employers who suspend or reduce production activity due to events attributable to the epidemiological emergency.
Additional periods are available from 1 April to 30 June 2021. June 30, 2021 is the deadline beyond which companies will no longer be able to access the ordinary layoffs with reason COVID-19.
Stop, therefore, the “special” regime set in 2020 by the dl Cura Italia in full pandemic, with lightening on the front of union consultation, costs and limits of use of the cash. From 1 July, companies will no longer have weeks of CIGO COVID-19.
Redundancy fund 2021: exemption from the payment of the additional contribution
The Sostegni bis decree recognized, for the benefit of companies that from 1 July find themselves forced to reduce or suspend their activity with access to the non-COVID-19 ordinary or extraordinary fund, theexemption from paying the additional contribution to INPS, which is equal, respectively, to 9%, 12% and 15% of the salary that would be due to the individual worker for the integrated hours, the amount of which is related to the use, over time, of shock absorbers within the mobile five-year period. This exemption will cease on December 31, 2021.
The companies that will use the “ordinary” fund from July to December, even if discounted, will have to avoid both the recourse to individual dismissals for economic reasons and the collective procedures for staff reduction.
Redundancy fund 2021, what changes from 1 July
Access to the redundancy fund from 1 July 2021 returns to being the “classic” one governed by legislative decree number 148/2015, characterized by a series of limits including the maximum duration of the interventions:
- 52 weeks in the mobile two-year period for the CIGO;
- 24 months in the mobile five-year period for the CIGS.
Those who use the social safety net will have a ban on dismissal until 31 December 2021.
As an alternative to the ordinary redundancy payments, from 1 July there is also the possibility of taking advantage of the new CIGS in derogation provided for by the Sostegni bis: 26 weeks, until 31 December 2021, only for companies that have experienced a 50% drop in turnover in the first half of 2021 compared to the same period in 2019.
Companies that can access the FIS Ordinary Check (ASO) or the CIG in derogation (CIGD) with reason COVID-19 are excluded from this time constraint, which can therefore be covered for up to 13 and 28 weeks, respectively.
Access to the new cigs in derogation is conditional on the commitment not to reduce employment levels, it is also necessary to stipulate specific company collective agreements, which will have to limit the reduction of working hours to 80%, which in the overall period of wage supplement cannot exceed 90%. The salary will be equal to 70% and the CIG ceilings envisaged for the ordinary Cassa or COVID will not apply.