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24 March 2020

COVID-19 – Update – Health emergency law – 22 March 2020

The current crisis is so rapid that the short-time working system, although considerably extended and consolidated, will not be sufficient on its own to enable companies in the most affected sectors to cope with the crisis. This is why the Health Emergency Law has just been voted (Sunday, March 22, 2020). It empowers the government to modify, by means of ordinances, many rules of labour law. The law, which should be published in the Official Gazette very soon, should be quickly followed by the first ordinances and the decree “partial activity”, still pending.

This unprecedented measure was unthinkable only two days ago (see Q&A n°21 on the Covid-19 Coronavirus – updated on 17 March 2020). Will it be taken into consideration to assess the civic responsibility of the company that applies for short-time working? In any case, it is a way for the company to join the “war effort”.

Partner Anna-Christina Chaves, head of employment within Stehlin & Associés, and her team, invite you to acknowledge the latest updates since the implementation of the Emergency Law dated 22 March 2020.

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