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Working practices in Italy are much different to American working practices Marissa had told us that working practices at a bank she worked at was that at 10 her and her work colleagues would grab a newspaper and sit down and read it By 11 she would grab coffee with her colleagues By 12 they would have a lunch break until 1 It wasnt until 1 that they started working and would be done by 6 oclock Comparing the average workday from 9 to 5 in the US this workday is much lighter than an American workload Also the work habits of Italians are known to be INDOLENT A cause of the lack of efficiency can also be attributed to difficulty in firing someone in Italy Work laws are structured a little different Paid leave is also another major issue that attributes to Italian labor inefficiency According to the Italian Constitution All workers have the right to annual paid leave art 36 of the Constitution Also according to the Italian Civil Code it states that a statutory minimum leave of eight days for domestic workers only Minimum leave of all other workers is determined by collective agreements which generally provide for paid annual leave of not less than four weeks per year During their vacation employees receive normal pay These lenient work laws provide for inefficiency in the workplace and attributes to INDOLENCE in the workplace Maternity leave leaves employers in Italy to the mercy of their employees According to Italian civil code From the beginning of pregnancy to one year after the childs birth the employee cannot be dismissed except for just cause and during this period a woman who resigns has the rightto the same indemnities due for dismissals Maternity leave is compulsory for female workers from two months before until three months after childbirth These strict maternity leave laws put many restrictions on employers to pay mothers during their leaves as
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