Webinar “Smart working and returning to work: post-emergency considerations” (28 October 2021 – Vittorio De Luca, Elena Cannone)

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22 Oct 2021

“It is essential that Companies ensure the proper implementation of smart working during the current emergency phase and in the post-pandemic era. This is only possible by preparing a “smart working plan” centred on two factors – the Individual Agreement and the Framework Regulation.”

 “Companies resorting to smart working must consider the related privacy aspects. They must adopt technical and organisational measures to protect the smart worker’s data and the security of the company’s information assets.

This is what Vittorio De Luca and Elena Cannone said as speakers at the webinar organised by Il Sole 24 OreSmart working and returning to work: post-emergency considerations.”

The topics discussed were:

  • Ordinary and emergency smart working;
  • Employer’s executive and disciplinary powers
  • Smart worker rights;
  • Health and safety at work;
  • Green pass and smart working;
  • Right to disconnection;
  • Smart working and data protection and privacy;
  • Incentive systems

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Institutional greetings
Eraldo Minella General Manager Area
Professional Services, Gruppo24ORE


Lawyer Vittorio De Luca – Managing Partner De Luca & Partners – Il Sole 24ORE Expert
Lawyer Elena Cannone – Managing Associate De Luca & Partners

– the origin of smart working
– differences with teleworking
– the smart working regulations
– emergency smart working (including smart working and green pass)
– who is a smart worker?
– health and safety at work
– the smart worker’s accident
– Framework regulation on smart working
– smart working and data protection and privacy
– incentive systems


Smart working has had an exponential increase due to the Covid-19 health emergency which started in 2020.  Smart working has gone from being a tool designed to increase productivity and improve the “work-life balance” to a fundamental tool for containing the pandemic wave and reduce the risk of virus transmission in the workplace.

The advantages and potential of this method have oriented many companies towards a new “hybrid” organisation that combines in-person and remote working.

Many companies have applied a more flexible agreements and regulations that allows workers to choose when to work in-person or remotely, making their space and time boundaries more fluid.

Considering the complex emergent regulatory framework, proper smart working conduct becomes crucial. It needs to be understood that “smart” working does not mean working “from home.” Under art. 18, paragraph 1 of Law no. 81/2017, the smart worker, works partly inside company premises and partly outside, without a fixed location.

In the post-pandemic scenario, to make the most of the “new normal“, companies must prepare a “Smart Working plan” focused on the individual agreement between the parties and framework regulations which govern its use.

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