In brief

Employers cannot stop paying salary even when business activity is suspended due to COVID-19.


Indeed, according to the Labour Courts of Bologna, the employer’s decision to  temporarily shut down business activity during COVID-19 does not constitute a force majeure event that can justify the suspension of payment of salaries to employees. Such a decision is to be seen as a risk typically inherent to the performance of business activity – something that does not have an impact on the employees’ right to salary.