Factsheet for case LT-2020-31/1129 – measures in Lithuania
|Country||Lithuania , applies nationwide|
|Time period||Open ended, started on 01 August 2020|
|Type||Legislations or other statutory regulations|
Protection of workers, adaptation of workplace
– Teleworking arrangements, remote working
|Author||Inga Blaziene (Lithuanian Social Research Centre) and Eurofound|
|Case created||15 September 2020 (updated 15 October 2020)|
On 1 August 2020, Law No XIII -2944 Amending Articles 2, 21, 26, 41, 52, 55, 56, 57, 59, 60, 61, 72, 75, 83, 89, 93, 95, 104, 110, 112, 117, 127, 128, 135, 137, 140, 141, 144, 147, 172, 185, 188, 192, 193, 194, 198, 224, 225 and 228 of the Labour Code (LC) and Adding Article 72-1 to the Code came into force in Lithuania, facilitating the situation of employees with serious illnesses at work. People with serious health problems became particularly vulnerable during the COVID-19 pandemic, so the amendments to the LC aimed at reducing their risks and providing them with better protection at work.
The amendments to the LC entrenched the following provisions:
No information available.
Other groups of workers
The COVID-19 risk group at the workplace
|Does not apply to businesses||Does not apply to citizens|
Other social actors (e.g. NGOs)
Social partners' role in designing the measure and form of involvement:
|Trade unions||Employers' organisations|
|Form||Consultation through tripartite or bipartite social dialogue bodies||Consultation through tripartite or bipartite social dialogue bodies|
Social partners' role in the implementation, monitoring and assessment phase:
The amendments to the LC were initiated by cancer patients’ organisations and the Ministry of Social Security and Labour of the Republic of Lithuania. The project was analysed by the Labour Relations Commission at the Tripartite Council (TC) of the Republic of Lithuania.
The SP unanimously supported the amendments to the LC. Comments from the Cancer Patients Support Association (POLA) were also taken into account when considering the draft amendments to the LC. According to the POLA, it is necessary to ensure better legal protection for people with cancer, because cancer patients are not eligible to the status of a disabled person and cannot avail of benefits available to the disabled until the intensive care process is completed.
Eurofound (2020), Improvement of working conditions for employees with serious health problems, case LT-2020-31/1129 (measures in Lithuania), 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.