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Factsheet for measure BG-2020-43/1785 – measures in Bulgaria
|Country||Bulgaria , applies nationwide|
|Time period||Open ended, started on 20 October 2020|
Employment protection and retention
– Working time flexibility
|Author||Tsetomila Sabcheva and Luboslav Kostov (Citub) and Eurofound|
|Measure added||09 March 2021 (updated 12 May 2021)|
Lidl is a leading company in the food retail business in Europe and the world. The chain is part of the German Schwarz-Gruppe, based in Neckarsulm, Germany. In Bulgaria, Lidl is establishing itself as a smart discounter that focuses its efforts on the most important things for consumers. Lidl Bulgaria is the first food chain in Bulgaria to receive the COVID Shield certificate - the highest level of "Excellent", from the representatives of TÜV AUSTRIA for the country.
The certificate ensures that the company has taken and continues to implement all necessary measures to ensure a safe environment for its employees and customers. During the crisis with COVID-19, the company reacted as quickly as possible and invested a lot of effort and resources in making its stores, logistics bases and offices a safe and secure place for all employees.
The COVID Shield certificate is a result of the purposeful actions of Lidl Bulgaria in building responsible and safe procedures for prevention against COVID-19. It shall ensure the implementation of a system of immediate and effective action on the basis of guidelines and instructions approved by the competent national and international institutions and monitoring bodies.
The measure is valid for all employees of Lidl Bulgaria, which are more than 3,000 people. The company is a TOP employer 2021 for Bulgaria and Europe. For the second year in a row, the company was awarded by the international organization TOP Employers Institute, which annually awards companies with proven HR practices and policies. The analysis covers 6 areas of human resource management, conducting in-depth interviews on 20 key topics, including strategy for human development, working conditions and working environment, attracting talent, training, etc.
|Applies to all workers||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|
|Role||No involvement||No involvement|
|Form||Not applicable||Not applicable|
Social partners' role in the implementation, monitoring and assessment phase:
|Economic area||Sector (NACE level 2)|
|I - Accommodation And Food Service Activities||I56 Food and beverage service activities|
This case is not occupation-specific.
Eurofound (2021), Lidl Bulgaria with "COVID Shield" certificate, measure BG-2020-43/1785 (measures in Bulgaria), EU PolicyWatch, Dublin, https://static.eurofound.europa.eu/covid19db/cases/BG-2020-43_1785.html
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