Factsheet for case LU-2020-13/486 – Updated – measures in Luxembourg
, applies regionally
|Time period||Temporary, 27 March 2020 – 31 December 2021|
|Type||Legislations or other statutory regulations|
Protection of workers, adaptation of workplace
– Teleworking arrangements, remote working
|Author||Patrick Thill (LISER) and Eurofound|
|Case created||11 April 2020 (updated 21 July 2021)|
Despite that Luxembourg is highly dependent on cross-border workers from the neighbouring countries France, Belgium and Germany and, while a large number of them continue to work in the health sector for example, a large number of them will also have to work from home. Fiscal arrangements limiting the days to conduct teleworking have always existed between Luxembourg and its neighbouring countries, but the COVID-19 period required more flexible teleworking arrangements and the governments of Luxembourg, of France, of Germany and of Belgium proceeded to adaptations on existing measures.
The following arrangements were made.
Arrangement between France and Luxembourg: They agreed that the current situation constitutes a case of force majeure. As of Saturday, 14 March 2020 onwards, the presence of a worker at home to conduct telework will not be taken into account in the calculation of the currently applied 29-day period. This measure is applicable until further notice. The measure has been renewed until the 31 of August 2020.
Arrangement between Belgium and Luxembourg: They agreed that the current situation constitutes a case of force majeure, for which no work days are to be counted under the currently applicable 24-day rule. As of Saturday, 14 March 2020, the presence of a worker at home to carry out telework, will not be taken into account in the calculation of the 24-day period. This measure is also applicable until further notice. The measure has been renewed until the 31 of August 2020.
Arrangement between Germany and Luxembourg: Teleworking from the main residence can be considered as working days in the country in which the activity is usually carried out. The days of teleworking of cross-border workers during the crisis are therefore not considered for the calculation of the 19-day limit. This time-limited arrangement applies from 11 March 2020 until further notice.
This measure has been extended for cross-border workers from the three countries until the 31 of August 2020.
According to STATEC, in 2019, 200,221 cross-border workers worked in Luxembourg. However, no information is disclosed on how many of them are now working from home.
||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:
No involvement of social partners has been identified.
These arrangements were conducted between national governments in the context of existing measures regarding teleworking.
Eurofound (2020), Exceptional measures regarding teleworking for cross-border workers, case LU-2020-13/486 (measures in Luxembourg), COVID-19 EU PolicyWatch, Dublin, http://eurofound.link/covid19eupolicywatch
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