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Factsheet for measure LU-2020-11/488 – measures in Luxembourg
|Country||Luxembourg , applies nationwide|
|Time period||Temporary, 11 March 2020 – 20 August 2020|
|Type||Legislations or other statutory regulations|
Ensuring business continuity and support for essential services
– Change of work arrangements (working time, rota schemes)
|Author||Patrick Thill (LISER) and Eurofound|
|Measure added||11 April 2020 (updated 03 May 2020)|
Based on COVID-19 grand-ducal legislation from March 2020, the government decided to adapt some initiatives regarding essential business activities in Luxembourg. During the current crisis situation, the government identified a series of essential business activities that are vital in order to make the country functioning smoothly. The list is stipulated by the crisis grand-ducal legislation. Under this measure, new or existing leave demands by the employee in essential services can be refused by the employer.
The businesses concerned can either refuse all applications for leave or cancel each leave already approved by the employer. The following list are regarded as essential activities and authorised activities:
Commercial companies that mainly sell food products; pharmacies; opticians, orthopaedists and hearing aid specialists; businesses that mainly sell animal feed; shops mainly selling hygiene products, washing and sanitary equipment; services selling fuel and petrol stations; passenger transport activities; distributors and specialist shops selling medical and healthcare equipment; medical pedicure limited to medical and non-cosmetic care; press distribution businesses; financial and insurance institutions; postal services; dry-cleaning and clothes cleaning services; funeral services; breakdown, repair, removal and decontamination services; necessary maintenance activities for safety reasons; as far as essential activities are concerned, these apply to the following activities and sectors: public services necessary for the proper functioning of the government; the health and care sector, including hospital activities and medical analysis laboratories; the production and distribution of energy and oil products; the food sector; the production and distribution of water; the collection and treatment of waste water; the removal and management of waste; public transport; transport, transhipment and freight forwarding services; systems for the exchange, payment and settlement of instruments; postal and telecommunications services; caretaker, security, cash transportation and cleaning services; essential activities related to the operation of the financial sector and the insurance and reinsurance sector.
No data are available on the number of employees.
|Does not apply to workers||
Companies providing essential services
||Does not apply to citizens|
Company / Companies
Social partners' role in designing the measure and form of involvement:
|Trade unions||Employers' organisations|
|Form||Any other form of consultation, institutionalised (as stable working groups or committees) or informal||Any other form of consultation, institutionalised (as stable working groups or committees) or informal|
Social partners' role in the implementation, monitoring and assessment phase:
Social partners were involved through their respective professional chambers during the legislation process.
Eurofound (2020), Possibility to refuse or cancel leave in essential sectors of activity, measure LU-2020-11/488 (measures in Luxembourg), EU PolicyWatch, Dublin, https://static.eurofound.europa.eu/covid19db/cases/LU-2020-11_488.html
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