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Factsheet for case CY-2020-12/367 – measures in Cyprus

Teleworking and working from home in the public and broader public sector

Τηλεργασία και εργασία από το σπίτι στο δημόσιο και ευρύτερο δημόσιο τομέα

Country Cyprus , applies nationwide
Time period Temporary, 17 March 2020 – 30 April 2020
Type Legislations or other statutory regulations
Category Protection of workers, adaptation of workplace
– Teleworking arrangements, remote working
Author Loucas Antoniou (INEK) and Eurofound
Case created 08 April 2020 (updated 08 May 2020)

Background information

Teleworking arrangements and/or work from home arrangements are among the measures taken by the Republic of Cyprus to prevent the spread of the Coronavirus COVID-19. The provision has been issued with the Decree 101 of the Quarantine Law, Chapter 260 of the Minister of Health. It addresses employees in the public and the broader public sector and employees in the Educational Service of Cyprus. The provision authorizes Ministers and Deputy Ministers as well as the Heads of Independent authorities/ bureaus / offices to define the needs of their departments and schedule their activities accordingly.

On Wednesday 8 April, the President of the Republic announced the decision of the Cabinet to extent all the measures taken by the Decrees of the Minister of Health up until 30 April 2020. The Minister of Health undertakes, currently, a legal and technical processing of these measures.

Content of measure

The services of the public and broader public sector operate for this period of time with minimum personnel and for emergency issues only. All other personnel, and where possible, works from home. Essential services of the Republic, i.e. hospitals and the arm forces, are excluded from the regulation. The Minister of Education, in addition, is authorized to issue an educational programme for the period that the operation of public schools is suspended and make use of technologies to cover part of the school curricula. The regulation also provides that public servants, not in appointed service or in teleworking, are obligated to provide services in other domains if needed.

Use of measure

The number of employees in the public and broader public sector (excluding the numbers of workers in hospitals, police and arm forces) addressed by the Decree is around 55,000.

Target groups

Workers Businesses Citizens
Employees in standard employment
Other groups of workers
Does not apply to businesses Does not apply to citizens

Actors and funding

Actors Funding
National government
Social partners jointly
Trade unions
Public employment service
National funds

Social partners

Social partners' role in designing the measure and form of involvement:

Trade unions Employers' organisations
Role Agreed (outcome) incl. social partner initiative Agreed (outcome) incl. social partner initiative
Form Direct consultation outside a formal body Direct consultation outside a formal body

Social partners' role in the implementation, monitoring and assessment phase:

  • N/A
  • Main level of involvement: Sectoral or branch level

Involvement

N/A

Views and reactions

The government has consulted the social partners - trade unions, employers' organizations and political parties - and the outcome emerged is on an agreed base.

Sectors and occupations

    • Economic area Sector (NACE level 2)
      E - Water Supply; Sewerage, Waste Management And Remediation Activities E36 Water collection, treatment and supply
      E37 Sewerage
      E38 Waste collection, treatment and disposal activities; materials recovery
      M - Professional, Scientific And Technical Activities M72 Scientific research and development
      O - Public Administration And Defence; Compulsory Social Security O84 Public administration and defence; compulsory social security
      P - Education P85 Education

This case is not occupation-specific.

Sources

Citation

Eurofound (2020), Teleworking and working from home in the public and broader public sector, case CY-2020-12/367 (measures in Cyprus), COVID-19 EU PolicyWatch, Dublin, http://eurofound.link/covid19eupolicywatch

Disclaimer: This information has not been subject to the full Eurofound evaluation, editorial and publication process. All information is preliminary and subject to change.