290 million arrive for parental leave, those that expired on 31 December last and which now restart from 1 January 2021. Retroactively. The law – on the proposal of the Minister of the Family Elena Bonetti – was approved in the Council of Ministers underway at Palazzo Chigi, as part of the new Covid decree, in relation to the new closures determined by the squeeze and to the increase of the red areas. To meet the needs of families – explained Prime Minister Mario Draghi speaking during his visit to the vaccination hub in Fiumicino – we decided, already in today’s decree, to guarantee the right to agile work for those who have children in distance learning or in quarantine. For those who carry out activities that do not allow smart working, access to extraordinary parental leave or the babysitting contribution will be recognized. Words that led the premier to even a joke: For those who carry out activities that do not allow smart working, access to extraordinary parental leave or the babysitting contribution will be recognized. I wonder why we always have to use all these English words ….
Lo smart working
With the Draghi government a hierarchy is set up in the solutions. The first point is smart working. We have reintroduced – explained Minister Bonetti in a post on Facebook – the right to smart working for those with children under 16. A right to be related to the fact that parental leave will be paid at 50% under the age of 14 and from 14 to 16 years will be usable without pay, as explained by the Minister for the Family.
In addition to smart working, there is the possibility of parental leave with the reason for Covid which they will have retroactive effect. In the sense that, having expired on 31 December last, now with the new funds they will be able to restart from 1 January 2021. The sense of measure was also explained in a tweet by Mariastella Gelmini, Minister for Regional Affairs and Autonomies, who had supported the proposal put forward by her colleague Bonetti: From the Council of Ministers, immediate green light to resources to finance parental leave. This morning the regional presidents had asked the government for contextuality between new restrictions and aid to families. The CDM gave them a precise and immediate answer.
Baby sitter bonus for self-employed, law enforcement and health workers
The decree also thought of protecting families with self-employed parents, law enforcement and health workers, which therefore cannot benefit from smart working and / or parental leave. For this reason, as an alternative to the leave provided for a baby sitter bonus up to 100 euros per week for these categories of workers (self-employed, health workers and law enforcement). Parental leave, the right to smartworking and the baby sitter bonus – explained Minister Bonetti – are part of the decree that we have just approved in the Council of Ministers. This is 290 million euros to cope with the difficulties of families, following the new restrictive measures that are necessary to counter the spread of Covid-19. Protecting female workers is a priority, together with the right of minors to be accompanied in this phase of resumption of distance learning. Leave will be retroactive from 1 January 2021 and paid at 50% under the age of 14. From 14 to 16 will be usable without pay. We have also reintroduced the right to smart working for those with children under 16. For self-employed workers, health workers and law enforcement agencies we have provided a babysitter bonus of up to 100 euros per week. These are necessary and necessary measures to concretely support families and all the children and young people of our country.