In circular no. 189/2021, INPS has provided operating instructions on the new “SARS CoV-2 parental leave” provided for by Article 9, Decree-Law no. 146/2021, which can be taken by parents who are private-sector employees, working parents who are exclusively registered with the Separate Management Scheme and self-employed parents registered with INPS.
The leave under management can be taken by either parents, but not on the same days, for:
the presence of a cohabiting child under 14 years of age.
For the abstention periods, an indemnity equal to half of the salary or income is paid, depending on the applicant parent working category, covered by imputed contributions. Only working days within the requested leave can be compensated.
Parents of children aged 14 -16 can take leave from work without pay or allowance, or imputed contribution, without being dismissed or losing their job. Applications must be submitted only to employers and not to INPS.
Leave can be taken by working parents who are foster parents or foster carers. The circular summarises the situations of compatibility/incompatibility between the leave and other institutions, providing instructions for event management in the UniEmens flow.
Use of leave
Leave can be taken on a daily or hourly basis and the following requirements must be met:
Leave can be taken for children with disabilities in a serious situation under article 3, paragraph 3, Law 104/1992, and enrolled in schools at every level or in daycare centres even if the child is older than 14. It is irrelevant if they live with the parent taking the leave, the other requirements remain unchanged.
Conversion of parental leave periods
Periods or extensions of parental leave taken from the 2021/2022 school year until 21 October 2021 may be converted, on application, to “SARS CoV-2 Parental Leave” and shall not be counted and compensated as parental leave.
At the person’s request, periods or extensions of parental leave taken from 22 October 2021 and until the issue of the telematic application procedure for the new “SARS CoV-2 Parental Leave” may be converted.
The employed parent may submit the new application without sending a formal cancellation notice of the previously submitted application for parental leave or its extension.
Employees with advance allowance payment by their employer must promptly notify their employer of submitting an INPS application. This is to pay the allowance of half of the salary instead of the standard 30 per cent and allow the employer to adjust the UniEmens flows.