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Italy: Contracts of employment

Original author: Massimo Pallini
Updating author: Luciano Racchi


  • An employment contract may be expressed or implied, oral or in writing (See General)
  • There are various types of employment status and employment contract. (See Types of contract)
  • Employers must provide employees with a written statement of the main terms of their contract, containing certain information. (See Written statement of terms of employment)
  • The employer's "standard business terms" cannot deviate from legislative provisions to the disadvantage of the employee. (See Standard business terms and employment contracts)
  • An employer can vary an employee's contract without consent where it can demonstrate that new organisational necessities prevent it from continuing the contract on the original terms. (See Variation of contract)