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Return to Workplace in Europe: Resource Guide

Spring 2020, Covington Guide

Closeup of businessperson holding a protective mask and a briefcase

As businesses across Europe prepare to reopen following the COVID-19 lockdown, Covington is providing practical resources and guidance on the broad array of issues companies face as employees return to the workplace, including employment, privacy, competition, policy, environmental and regulatory considerations at the EU level, with a focus on Germany and the UK.

Listen to our snapshots of these key issues:

  1. What guidance has the EU issued on loosening COVID-19 restrictions and returning to workplaces?
  2. What are the key employment law and data privacy considerations relating to "return-to-work" employee screening measures, such as employee temperature testing, obligatory health  surveys, and tracking and  tracing initiatives?
  3. Are there any specific workplace measures that employers should be considering? What role (if any) does flexible working play and what are the suggested best practices in this regard?
  4. What potential claims could employers face from employees in relation to return to work issues? How can an employer try to mitigate the risk of any such disputes with individuals?
  5. How does COVID-19 impact on the way that we can deal with our competitors as we return to work?
  6. What are the key regulatory considerations relating to "return-to-work" employee screening measures, such as COVID-19 testing?
  7. Can employers provide personal protective equipment (PPE), such as face masks and gloves, to employees?  What regulations apply?
  8. What key regulatory considerations should employers be aware of when providing hand sanitizers to employees? Can employers make their own sanitizers?

 

This information is not intended as legal advice. Listeners should seek specific legal advice before acting with regard to the subjects mentioned herein.

 

1. What guidance has the EU issued on loosening COVID-19 restrictions and returning to workplaces?

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2. What are the key employment law and data privacy considerations relating to "return-to-work" employee screening measures, such as employee temperature testing, obligatory health  surveys, and tracking and  tracing initiatives?

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3. Are there any specific workplace measures that employers should be considering? What role (if any) does flexible working play and what are the suggested best practices in this regard?

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4. What potential claims could employers face from employees in relation to return to work issues? How can an employer try to mitigate the risk of any such disputes with individuals?

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5. How does COVID-19 impact on the way that we can deal with our competitors as we return to work?

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6. What are the key regulatory considerations relating to "return-to-work" employee screening measures, such as COVID-19 testing?

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7. Can employers provide personal protective equipment (PPE), such as face masks and gloves, to employees?  What regulations apply?

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8. What key regulatory considerations should employers be aware of when providing hand sanitizers to employees? Can employers make their own sanitizers?

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