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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.

7 September 2020
Great Britain: confusion reigns over the governments back to the office work plan
While the UK press had announced at the end of August that the Conservative Prime Minister Boris Johnson would be unveiling a ‘back to work’ plan, the government ended up denying it had any intention of encouraging employees to return to their deserted office buildings. This surprise U-turn may be because of the mixed reception the ‘back to work’ initiative has received at a time when the virus continues to circulate.
Managing the fallout of Covid-19
3 September 2020
France: a recovery plan to promote ecological transition, economic sovereignty and competitiveness, with employment as a priority
100 billion euros is set to be injected into the economy until 2022 as part of the ‘France Recovery’ plan that the government presented on 03 September.  From this more than 15 billion euros will be allocated to measures that directly support employment. The majority of these measures have already been announced and include the ‘one youth, one solution’ plan, the ‘long-term short time working scheme’, and training funding for employees and job seekers, all of which aim to provide France with the...
Managing the fallout of Covid-19
2 September 2020
The Netherlands: tripartite agreement to extend support measures for companies dealing with a fall-off in business
The Dutch Temporary Emergency Bridging Measure for Sustained Employment (NOW, Tijdelijke Noodmaatregel Overbrugging voor Werkbehoud) that provides employee salary compensation support is to be extended in an altered form until July 2021. An agreement reached between the government and trade union and management organizations on 27 August extends the NOW provision (NOW3) under new and adjusted salary payment conditions, which will be paid to companies during periods of reduced business activity.
Managing the fallout of Covid-19
1 September 2020
France: new health protocol for companies makes mask wearing mandatory in shared spaces
New health requirements at companies, in order to combat the Covid-19 pandemic, are in force from today, 1 September. Firms will also be allowed to “gradually” implement measures to supplement those already deployed, if necessary, following “internal social dialogue and after having informed employees”. Under the new protocol that was issued yesterday evening (Monday 31 August), the wearing of generic face masks is mandatory in “closed shred spaces” at companies. However the protocol does open the way...
Managing the fallout of Covid-19
27 August 2020
United Kingdom: firms tempted to keep mass remote working in place in September
Only a fifth of UK companies plan to re-open their offices to staff next month, according to a survey conducted by specialist HR site People Management, reported on 25 August. The same study indicates that one third of employers will ask their staff to come into the office only a few days per week and that 15% of companies still do not know when staff will be brought back into the office. The desertion of UK offices is a concern to the Confederation of British Industry, the UK business organisation, which has...
Managing the fallout of Covid-19
26 August 2020
Argentina: further extension to job support programme
As the coronavirus pandemic continues to advance in Argentina, the country’s government has extended the pillars of its employment and business support programme (see article n°11960). At the same time, lockdown in Buenos Aires and its wider region imposed on 20 March is ongoing, until at least 30 August, while other localities in the country have had to go back into lockdown. Although the majority of industries have resumed production, with health protocols in place, the population’s level of consumption...
Managing the fallout of Covid-19
25 August 2020
Italy: new measures to support jobs and the economy
On 7 August Italy’s council of ministers approved the so-called ‘Decreto Agosto‘ (August decree), which will see a further €25 billion freed up to support employment and the economy, notably by extending the Cassa Integrazione (wage guarantee fund) short time working allowance, relaxing the regulations on fixed-term contracts and reducing social security contributions. The most delicate point was that of redundancies, which were prohibited since the start of the health crisis and until 17 August....
Managing the fallout of Covid-19
25 August 2020
France: specific long-term short time working scheme set up
The decree setting up a “specific short time working system” for cases of a “lasting reduction in activity” was published in France’s official journal on 30 July. The regime allows companies faced with a “lasting reduction in activity” to place their employees on short time working for a longer period (24 months instead of 6), with greater leeway to vary the periods of activity/inactivity provided that the employer makes commitments to maintain employment and that a collective agreement provides a...
Managing the fallout of Covid-19
24 August 2020
Portugal: business support programme seeks to promote economic recovery after Covid-19
At the end of July, the Portuguese government adopted an economic activity support scheme aimed at encouraging companies to gradually resume their activity or production after having benefited from the special short-time working scheme introduced in response to Covid-19. The idea is also to enable workers to gradually return to the wage levels they enjoyed before the pandemic. The new mechanism is in force until December 2020.
Managing the fallout of Covid-19
23 July 2020
France: the government presents its Youth Plan, which contains financial aid for recruitment
The 750,000 young people who are preparing to enter the struggling French labour market represent a key priority for the new government, which “is committed to and as part of the recovery plan has set itself the objective of, enabling every young person to find a place in society”. The question of how this goal can be achieved is being answered by way of adding a further €6.5 billion to the €3.5 billion already allocated to youth. On 22 July Prime Minister Jean Castex presented the Youth Plan,...
Managing the fallout of Covid-19