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Factsheet for measure BE-2020-11/1491 – measures in Belgium
|Country||Belgium , applies nationwide|
|Time period||Open ended, started on 13 March 2020|
Protection of workers, adaptation of workplace
– Well-being of workers
|Author||Dries Van Herreweghe (Katholieke Universiteit Leuven) and Eurofound|
|Measure added||27 November 2020 (updated 11 May 2021)|
Ricoh is active in both consultancy and IT related services. The Belgian division has approximately 800 employees. The company decided to act quickly with centralised coordination at the beginning of the pandemic. For some employees it was necessary to fall back onto the temporary unemployment system, others started working from home on a fulltime basis.
Apart from the usage of telework and temporary unemployment the company management started with regular direct digital contact with their employees via digital coffee corners. In the early phases of the pandemic a system was installed to make sure that certain heads of HR were always physically present at the office in case of questions or issues. In addition HR services commissioned their local managers to contact their employees directly.
In addition the company allowed for their employees to be tested for COVID at their head offices voluntarily and free of charge. In total 330 employees made use of this offer to be tested.
The entire country (800 employees).
Employees in standard employment
||Does not apply to businesses||Does not apply to citizens|
Company / Companies
Social partners' role in designing the measure and form of involvement:
|Trade unions||Employers' organisations|
|Form||Not applicable||Not applicable|
Social partners' role in the implementation, monitoring and assessment phase:
Involvement of social partners is unknown (not mentioned). The trade unions do however have an important role to play via the obligatory H&S committees.
No public statements by social partners.
|Economic area||Sector (NACE level 2)|
|N - Administrative And Support Service Activities||N82 Office administrative, office support and other business support activities|
This case is not occupation-specific.
Eurofound (2020), Specific Covid-19 related HR measures at company level, measure BE-2020-11/1491 (measures in Belgium), EU PolicyWatch, Dublin, https://static.eurofound.europa.eu/covid19db/cases/BE-2020-11_1491.html
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