The 2021 Budget Law in force on 1 January 2021 was published in the Official Gazette on 30 December 2020.
Important news not only for the children who will be born this year but also for families who already have children. And these are just some of the important innovations that embrace 2021. But let’s go in order and see in detail the provisions of greatest interest to families and consumers.
Moms, Dads and Children
Universal child allowance
From 1 July 2021, the institution of the single and universal allowance for children under the age of 21 is expected, which will replace the current allowances for the family unit.
The beneficiaries of the measure will be employees, self-employed workers and freelancers. A subsequent provision will follow for the determination of the amounts due.
The Baby Bonus, which is paid for new born or adopted children between 1 January and 31 December 2021, has also been extended to 2021.
The amount of the check is equal to:
- 1920 euros, if the ISEE of the family unit to which the requesting parent belongs does not exceed 7,000 euros per year;
- 1440 euros, if the ISEE of the family unit to which the requesting parent belongs has a value greater than 7,000 euros and not more than 40,000 euros;
- 960 euros, if the value of the ISEE is greater than 40,000 euros.
In the case of a subsequent child, born or adopted between January 1, 2021 and December 31, 2021, the amount of the allowance is increased by 20%.
The nursery bonus is also presumed to be reconfirmed for 2021, which provides for a variable amount, based on the ISEE, from 1,500 to 3,000 euros for families who support the cost of the nursery for their children.
The mother bonus tomorrow is presumed to be reconfirmed also for 2021 but can only be requested until June 30, 2021, after which it will expire and will be absorbed by the single allowance for children. All mothers in the seventh month of pregnancy can apply for the benefit, regardless of income and ISEE.
Support for mothers with disabled children
A monthly contribution is envisaged, up to a maximum of 500 euros net, in favor of unemployed or single-income mothers, who are part of single-parent families, with dependent disabled children.
To benefit from the aforementioned contribution, the disability must be recognized to an extent of not less than 60%.
Compulsory paternity leave
Increased to 10 days the duration of the compulsory paid leave (daily allowance paid by INPS equal to 100% of the global average daily salary) granted to the employed father for the year 2021 to be used in the first five months from the birth of the child (or from the entrance in
family of the minor, or from entry into Italy in the case of international adoption). Please note that leave can also be used on a non-continuous basis. Furthermore, also for the year 2021, the worker is entitled to take an additional day of leave, subject to agreement with the mother and in lieu of a compulsory leave due to the latter.
Fund for family policies
Increase of 50 million euros in the Fund aimed at supporting the return to work of working mothers after childbirth and to finance associations that deal with psychological assistance in favor of parents who suffer serious social and psychological hardships due to the death of their child. For the working father, the obligation of 1 day abstention from work has also been introduced not only in the case of the birth of the child, but also in the case of perinatal death.
Return to work
“Employability guarantee for workers” program
The national program of the Ministry of Labor and Social Policies “Guarantee of employability of workers” (GOL) has been established, aimed at encouraging the inclusion in the world of work of beneficiaries of citizenship income, of unemployed recipients of NASpI, of workers in layoffs in transition through active policies based on specific needs.
Ninth safeguard of exodus workers
Extension to certain categories of workers of the provisions on access requirements and the regime of the expiry dates prior to the entry into force of the Fornero law.
Extension of the Social APE
The indemnity payable by INPS for the anticipation of the pension is extended to 31 December 2021.
Extension of the Woman Option
The deadline for exercising the so-called female option is extended.
In consideration of this, in order to access the early retirement by exercising the female option, working women must have accrued, by 31 December 2020, a seniority equal to or greater than 35 years and an age equal to or greater than 58 years (female workers employees) or 59 years (self-employed workers). The termination of the employment relationship is requested, while the termination of the activity carried out as a self-employed worker is not required.