Managing the employment relationships

  • Drafting employment contracts, commercial agency agreements, consultancy contracts and apprenticeship.
  • Drafting tailor-made clauses, such as: probationary period, non-compete and non-solicitation of employees, golden parachutes, stability pacts, confidentiality and intellectual property.
  • Drafting disciplinary code, company handbook and code of conduct. 
  • Managing the disciplinary process, imposing sanctions and advising on the rebuttal of any claim for unfair dismissal, both out-of-court, in arbitration and in court.
  • Drawing up company policies on remuneration, company and individual objectives, reimbursement of expenses, fringe benefits, incentive plans, stock options, stock grants, profit sharing plans.
  • Managing the legal requirements of foreign employees with work permits and temporary workers, whistleblowing, hours bank, holidays, paid and unpaid leave of absence, reduction-in-hours.
  • Analysing company productivity and employees’ performance.
  • Advising on all types of leave: sickness, maternity, paternity, parental, marriage and time off.
  • Temporary transfers, national and international secondment.
  • Modifying duties and tasks and any other contractual terms of employment.
  • Individual dismissal for justified reason or just cause.
  • Day-to-day HR advisory, risk assessment and pay slip simulation.
  • Drafting agreements on smart working.
  • Creating company welfare programme.
  • Monitoring and updating company documentation, agreements and internal procedures to ensure compliance with new legislation in force from time-to-time.
  • Drafting Temporary agency worker contracts and managing the relationship between companies and workers.
  • Workplace investigations.

Our lawyers have been acting for numerous national and international companies over the years in a variety of sectors, including: insurance, banking, pharmaceutical, IT, luxury retail, rating agencies, recruitment & human resources, real estate and management consulting, in the day-to-day management of the company’s workforce and its industrial relations, as well as extraordinary events and transactions from time-to-time

Litigation

  • Legal advice and assistance in all types of employment litigation before the employment courts country-wide at all levels – from first instance to appeal.
  • Assistance in defending trade union litigation for anti-union behaviour in the workplace.
  • Drafting, translating and filing defences, service of same in Italy and abroad.
  • Advising on litigation strategy, attending hearings and regularly updating client on progress.
  • Managing disputes before the local labour inspectorate and arbitration board.
  • Advice and assistance around inspections by the health and safety and social security bodies.
  • Out-of-court negotiations and mediation.

Recent examples of our work include: successfully defending an American engineering company in a case of alleged unfair dismissal on discriminatory grounds