The quarantine will still be disease, but without full coverage

Folds of the budget is a typical expression among insiders to indicate the intangible place where the technicians of the Ministry of Economy try to find the money to cover expenses. In short, a treasure hunt in the public accounts. The research is also focusing in these hours on the resources to refinance the allowance to be allocated to workers in quarantine following a contact with a positive at Covid. Quarantine has been equated with disease since the start of the pandemic, but meanwhile the money ran out. Now we are looking for 800 million, certainly not petty considering that the research is already booked by other requests. What the government has already taken into account is that the money will not be enough to replicate last year’s intervention. It will be necessary to cut the indemnity: it will no longer be integral, but partial, better linked to a lump sum calibrated on individual days or on the entire period of quarantine.

The refinancing of the indemnity will find space in a measure (the budget law is currently the most accredited vehicle) as soon as the Treasury gives the green light to the coverage. The regulations and the technical report that accompanies them have already been written to the Ministry of Labor and this explains the acceleration necessary to cover a regulatory gap that in August generated the alarm of a company about the risk that workers were to pay for the lack of coverage. by INPS with a salary cut. In fact, with a message of 6 August, the Institute had explained well that without new resources it would have been unable to recognize the protection for the quarantines of 2021. The 663.1 million allocated by Count 2 were enough to recognize the full indemnity to all workers were quarantined last year, but that budget has run out. And the money is used not only for the economic indemnity, but also to ensure the worker the notional contributions, those useful to achieve the right to a pension and to increase the amount of the pension allowance.

It is true that this year the number of quarantines has decreased compared to last year, as is the duration of the quarantine itself (ten days which drop to seven for those who have completed the vaccination cycle), but without a new injection of liquidity. there remains the risk that businesses will cover the gap and, if the employers do not make it, the workers with a curtailment of the paycheck.

The intervention that the Government is planning does not completely close the question, but at least it strongly re-dimension it. The scheme of the plant says that employees (the self-employed have never received the allowance) in quarantine following a contact with a positive Covid will be granted a lump sum, a fixed sum that will be calculated for each day of isolation or on the entire quarantine period. The flat rate will not cover the entire benefit, so the part of the salary relating to that day will not be fully covered as is the case with the illness and as was the case last year.

The deducted allowance will not go to those in quarantine, but still work from home. In October it was always INPS to specify that the protection is not due given that the worker continues to carry out his job and therefore does not see his salary suspended. And the provision for fragile workers will also remain unchanged: unlike the others, they received a full allowance until June 30 and will now be extended in the same way. Nothing will change even for those in quarantine and positive for Covid: even in this case the indemnity will be full.