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Babysitter, caregivers and servants can work

Babysitter, caregivers and servants can work


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Can babysitters, caregivers and servants work? Yes, based on what has been clarified by our Government (as of today, 16/3/2020)

In these weeks in which all of us Italians are locked up at home due to the Coronavirus epidemic and in which the rules set by the competent authorities change and are updated frequently, it is important to find the right answers to our everyday questions.

For this reason, our editorial team will multiply its efforts to identify the questions that Italians are looking for the most on the net and the official answers of our government or the authorities in charge, sharing them on our site to reach as many people as possible.

One of the questions that are becoming more and more frequent concerns the possibility for babysitters, carers and servants to continue their work.

The implementing decree of the President of Ministers of 11 March 2020 relating to the decree-law of 23 February 2020, no. 6, containing urgent measures regarding the containment and management of the epidemiological emergency from COVID-19, applicable throughout the national territory, in Annex 2, allowed the following activities to continue to carry out their work activities, within the service for the person:

  • Laundry and cleaning of textiles and fur
  • Activities of industrial laundries
  • Other laundries, dry cleaners
  • Funeral home services and related activities

There was therefore little clarity on the possibility that carers, housekeepers, babysitters and domestic helpers could continue their work.

This gap was filled, by an official response published on the Government website, within a series of FAQs dedicated to Coronavirus (source: http://www.governo.it/it/ Articolo/decreto-iorestoacasa-domande- frequent-on-measures-adopted-by-the-government / 14278) in which to the question:

The employment relationships of home helps, carers and babysitters fall within the suspension of the activities related to "services to people", provided for by art 1, point 3), of the Prime Ministerial Decree of 11 March 2020?

you reply as follows:

No. These work performances are not part of the personal services, subject to suspension.

The Prime Ministerial Decree of 11 March 2020, on the other hand, explicitly and unequivocally clarified that:

"The activities relating to personal services are suspended (including hairdressers, barbers, beauticians)."

Additional Considerations IMPORTANT

Beyond the provisions of the law, it is important to consider the following elements:

  • Housekeepers, carers and babysitters must in any case be hired with a regular employment contract or with other forms of collaboration provided by law. This element is even more important at a time when the certainty that they are insured becomes fundamental. It is not only important that they are in good standing with regard to the payment of contributions but also with regard to accident insurance. In fact, it is good to remember that all of us should have the sensitivity to limit the activities that can put us at risk of injury so as to prevent the need to resort to hospital treatment at a time when our doctors must be focused on treating the most serious cases. .
  • The security measures provided for by the Implementing Decree of March 11, 2020, regarding the minimum safety distance between people.
  • If you can, and this is just a "common sense" rule, consider di do the housework yourself and try to spend more time with your children, thus avoiding the help of a babysitter. Not everyone has this luck, as many families still have to work, but when possible it would certainly be a recommended choice.

Does the carrying out of urgent repair work in the house where you are staying are among the activities subject to suspension pursuant to the Prime Minister's Decree of 11 March 2020?

Construction and craft activities are not among those suspended by the Prime Minister's Decree of 11 March 2020, so these work services can be carried out if they are to be considered indispensable and not extendable.

In this case too, I recommend that you use common sense. Repairing a broken pipe at the risk of flooding is an urgent need.

Replacing a rolling shutter that creaks is NOT part of the activities that cannot be postponed.



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