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Factsheet for case GR-2020-12/1063 – measures in Greece

Practical guides of Hellenic Federation of Enterprises on telework and the continuation of business under the crisis of COVID-19

Πρακτικοί Οδηγοί του ΣΕΒ για την τηλεργασία και τη συνέχιση της επιχειρηματικής λειτουργίας υπό το καθεστώς του κορονοϊού

Country Greece , applies nationwide
Time period Temporary, 17 March 2020 – 23 March 2020
Type Other initiatives or policies
Category Supporting businesses to stay afloat
– Other
Author Elena Kousta (INE GSEE) and Eurofound
Case created 04 September 2020 (updated 14 September 2020)

Background information

The Hellenic Federation of Enterprises (SEV), in the context of its supporting actions for its company members during the COVID-19 crisis, issued special publications in the form of practical guides in order to help businesses to adapt themselves and to operate as smoothly as they can under the new conditions. On 17 March 2020, SEV issued the 'Practical teleworking implementation guide' and on 29 March 2020 the 'Practical guide for the continuation of businesses under the COVID-19 crisis'.

Content of measure

SEV’s first practical guide for telework includes information on the limits and the potentials of the application of this form of work by enterprises, practical guidance on how and under what conditions it can be implemented and the obligations of the enterprises and the workers. SEV’s practical guide to help the continuation of business operations under COVID-19 aims to codify the organisational adjustments required by companies under the exceptional and refers to ten (10) top key issues.

The practical guide focuses on the implementation of health and safety rules to face the spread of the COVID-19 and equally focuses on the importance of ensuring the best possible economic functioning of companies, in order to offer the necessary goods and services to citizens, to preserve the productive fabric the next day, and to protect the jobs.

Use of measure

The practical guides aim to support the companies.

Target groups

Workers Businesses Citizens
Does not apply to workers Applies to all businesses Does not apply to citizens

Actors and funding

Actors Funding
Employers' organisations
European Funds

Social partners

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

Trade unions Employers' organisations
Role No involvement Agreed (outcome) incl. social partner initiative
Form Not applicable Any other form of consultation, institutionalised (as stable working groups or committees) or informal

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

  • Only employers' organisations
  • Main level of involvement: Peak or cross-sectoral level


It is an initiative of SEV to support the companies.

Views and reactions

The initiative was very useful to the companies.



Eurofound (2020), Practical guides of Hellenic Federation of Enterprises on telework and the continuation of business under the crisis of COVID-19, case GR-2020-12/1063 (measures in Greece), COVID-19 EU PolicyWatch, Dublin,

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