Smart working, Zangrillo: “Extension for the frail, no exception for parents”

On June 30, the extension expires for private employees with children under the age of 14 and for the frail. The hypothesis of a further extension to 31 December for everyone from 1 July

“We are no longer in a pandemic, so I don’t think there is any more urgency to intervene on parents with children under 14. Instead, I hope there will continue to be the right attention towards the fragile”. This was stated by the Minister for Public Administration Paolo Zangrillo in an interview with Il Messaggero. “I have always maintained that smart working represents an important tool and I don’t see why it shouldn’t be able to work in the PA as well. To avoid telling smart working as a sort of semi-holiday, however, a real cultural revolution is needed , as well as organizational, capable of making smart working fully effective, so as not to jeopardize the services provided to citizens and businesses”.

The calendar

The extension of smart working for private employees with children under 14 and for the frail expires on 30 June. Agile working is currently envisaged in the public and private sector for fragile workers. It only applies to private companies, for those with children up to the age of 14 only if the other parent is not a beneficiary of income support instruments and if there is no non-working parent. In the absence of further legislative interventions, all the beneficiary categories should return to face-to-face work: the use of smart working can be regulated exclusively by individual agreements between the company or public administration and workers, in accordance with the provisions of law 81/2017 and the national protocol on I work in agile mode. There are currently 3.6 million workers in smart working, a good 14.9% of the total.

How do the parties move?

Movimento 5 Stelle, Democratic Party, Greens and the Left and the self-employed presented an amendment to the Labor decree law passed on May 1st requesting the extension of smart working to December 31st for the fragile categories and for parents of children under the age of 14 both in public and private. The discussion is scheduled for 13 June. Six months of smart working would cost between 16 and 18 million euros, because the law provides that if the worker’s job cannot be performed remotely, the company must entrust him with a different one, possibly even hiring a new employee for that task. If the extension is not approved, the choice to grant unlimited smart working will remain the prerogative of the employers who will be able to propose specific agreements.