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Managing the fallout of Covid-19

You will find here all the Planet Labor articles covering the initiatives of public authorities and social partners as they seek to manage the economic and social repercussions of the coronavirus outbreak.

30 September 2020
France: signature of a competitiveness and performance agreement at Valeo in order to preserve its activities in France
‘Paris, September 30, 2020 – faced with an automotive sector severely impacted by the crisis caused by the pandemic Valeo announces that today, Wednesday, September 30, 2020, it has signed a majority agreement for competitiveness and collective performance with French unions CFE-CGC and FO.’ The Agreement for Competitiveness and Collective Performance, will reduce payroll costs and preserve the competitiveness of the Group’s French operations, with no impact on jobs.
Managing the fallout of Covid-19
30 September 2020
Spain: short-time working mechanisms extended until 31 January 2021
The government is extending its extraordinary short-time working arrangements in order to deal with the constraints on businesses exposed to the second wave of the pandemic. The decree-law published in the Official Bulletin (BOE) on 30 September provides for a further extension until 31 January 2021 of the temporary employment regulation procedures (ERTE- Expediente de Regulación Temporal de Empleo) that were established by decree on 18 March 2020 and that were extended both on 11 May and 26 June. In addition,...
Managing the fallout of Covid-19
29 September 2020
Netherlands: new health measures making employers more responsible in combatting Covid-19
Starting at 18:00 CET on 29 September, new national measures will be in operation to combat the spread of the coronavirus. The Dutch government is explicitly calling on employers to cooperate in limiting the spread of the virus, with working at home is becoming the norm. More and more people are going to work one or two days a week “and this has to stop now,” Dutch Prime Minister Mark Rutte asserted on 28 September, as he presented the new health measures to combat the spread Covid-19. No direct...
Managing the fallout of Covid-19
25 September 2020
United Kingdom: new support scheme for “viable” jobs to run from 1 November
On 24 September the UK government unveiled its Job Support Scheme as part of its efforts to combat the devastating effects of the Covid-19 pandemic. The scheme will see the government pay for a portion of hours not worked in order to lessen the burden on companies and support jobs. This measure, which is similar to support systems in France and Germany, will however be reserved to employees doing at least 33% of their usual working hours. It will be effective for a period of six months from 1 November and replaces...
Managing the fallout of Covid-19
17 September 2020
Denmark: a tripartite agreement to revise the short-time work system
The 31 August 2020 agreement marks the completion of a process of reflection that commenced in March, during the first wave of the coronavirus pandemic, and that focused on revising the short-time working system. Context related adjustment is thus giving way to a more structural revision that offers more flexibility in terms of arrangements for reduced activity and also broadens the benefits.
Managing the fallout of Covid-19
17 September 2020
Germany: short-time working scheme is extended until the end of 2021 (updated with details on social security contribution cover for those on short-time working)
On 16 September Germany’s Federal Council of Ministers (Bundeskabinett) passed the ‘Law on job security in light of the consequences of the Covid-19 pandemic” (Gesetz zur Beschäftigungssicherung), which will extend the length of time companies and employees can benefit from the short-time work scheme, ‘adapted to the Covid-19 period’. Two related decrees were also...
Managing the fallout of Covid-19
16 September 2020
Italy: after the health related state of emergency period, changes are in sight for smart working
Italy’s Labor Minister Nunzia Catalfo has convened a meeting with the social partners during the week 21 September  to reflect on a reform to Law 81 of 2017 (that establishes smart working), in order to make some necessary adjustments in light of the post-Covid context.  Rethinking smart working is all the more urgent since the end of the health related state of emergency, set for 15 October will sound the death knell for the exceptional measures that were taken during the country’s lockdown period to...
Managing the fallout of Covid-19
15 September 2020
France: coronavirus recognized as an occupational illness
On 15 September a decree published in the Official Journal (here) opened a small door for workers who have worked in establishments particularly exposed to the risk of Covid-19 contamination and solely for the most severe forms of the virus. Indeed, this decree provides for the automatic official recognition of SARS-CoV2 as an occupational disease for all caregivers, and maintenance and administrative staff who have worked in the field of healthcare or medical-social institutions and who have suffered from acute...
Managing the fallout of Covid-19
14 September 2020
Portugal: remote working or flexible working hours recommended (and compulsory in Lisbon and Porto) due to re-emergence of Covid-19
The Portuguese government has recommended that remote working or telework should be in place wherever possible. This measure was decided in the Council of Ministers as part of the plan to combat Covid-19 on Thursday 10 September. Telework is also compulsory when a company cannot guarantee implementation of the directives issued by the Directorate-General of Health of Portugal (DGS). If remote working is not possible, companies must introduce a rotation system, staggered working hours and breaks at different times....
Managing the fallout of Covid-19
10 September 2020
Austria: health crisis related short time working altered slightly and extended until March 2021
Austria’s short time working allowance, one of Europe’s most generous, in so far as it covers between 80% and 90% of the employee’s latest net salary, will be extended beyond the initially planned end date of 01 October 2020. As such, companies can, until March 2021, continue filing applications for a maximum of 6 months. Following two earlier extensions of the short-time working provision, each of which was for three months, the government and the social partners agreed at the end of July on this latest...
Managing the fallout of Covid-19