If you are considering relocating to Italy for a job opportunity, you need to understand the differences between Italian employment laws and employment protections in your home country. Below are ten essential points to assess before you enter into an employment contract, starting with a fundamental matter: make sure which law applies to your employment agreement.
Which Country’s Laws Govern the Employment Relationship?
Pursuant to the Convention of Rome of 1980 and the EC Regulation of 2008 Rome I, the law that the employer and employee select governs their employment contract. If there is no mention of a choice-of-law provision, the applicable law is that of the country in which the employee carries out his work duties or the country in which the office responsible for hiring the employee is located.
Despite the rules described above, if there is a closer connection with another country, the law of that country will apply. “Closer connection” could be defined by such parameters as the residence or domicile of the employee or both parties, the employer’s decision-making center, the language and form of the contract, the currency used for remuneration, and the place of payment.