Topic 2 Inclusion, diversity, and rights in the Italian labor market

Working Hours:

Public offices and private businesses do not have the same hours during the week. These are the general rules:

Generally operating days are from Monday to Friday. The working time depends on the specific public administration and also on the region. Usually, they start around 9:00 and close between 16:00 to 17:00.

Note: Always keep in mind to check the precise hours through the website or telephone number or if they required an appointment (especially due to covid restrictions).

Operating days depend on the business but generally they are from Monday to Friday. Standard office hours are 9:00 – 13:00 (morning time) and 15:00 – 19:00 (afternoon time).

Shops, restaurants and cafés are usually open all days of the week. Some of them are closed on Monday.

Italy has fixed public holidays during the year. Usually, during these days, all public and private offices remain closed. Moreover, every region or even city has some more holidays linked to local culture.

1st of January
New Year’s Day
6th of January
- (it depends on the year)
Easter Sunday
- (it depends on the year)
Easter Monday
25th of April
Liberation Day
1st of May
International Workers' Day
2nd of June
Republic Day
15th of August
Assumption Day
1st of November
All Saints' Day
8th of December
Immaculate Conception
25th of December
Christmas Day
26th of December
St Stephen's Day
  • Articles 3 and 37 of the Italian Constitution.
  • Articles 15 and 16 law number 300/1970 “Workers’ Statute”. They are the main rules in the Italian legal system concerning equal treatment within the workplace.
  • Articles 25, 26 and 35 of the Legislative Decree 198/2006 “Code of Equal Opportunities”
  • Directive 2000/43/EC against discrimination on grounds of race and ethnic origin à Legislative Decree n. 215/2003
  • Directive 2000/78/EC against discrimination at work on grounds of religion or belief, disability, age or sexual orientation à Legislative Decree n. 216/2003
  • Directive 2004/113/EC equal treatment for men and women in the access to and supply of goods and services à Legislative Decree n. 196/2007
  • Directive 2006/54/EC equal treatment for men and women in matters of employment and occupation à Legislative Decree n. 5/2010