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Factsheet for case LU-2020-13/839 – measures in Luxembourg

Increase in working time during the crisis period

Augmentation de la durée de travail pendant la période de crise

Country Luxembourg , applies nationwide
Time period Temporary, 27 March 2020 – 25 June 2020
Type Legislations or other statutory regulations
Category Ensuring business continuity and support for essential services
– Change of work arrangements (working time, rota schemes)
Author Patrick Thill (LISER) and Eurofound
Case created 11 May 2020 (updated 27 July 2020)

Background information

Faced with an increase in care and health activity during the COVID-19 crisis and in response to a request by the health sector, the government has agreed to increase the maximum working time per day and week. This measure is based in the following legislation: Grand-Ducal Regulation of 27 March 2020 introducing a derogation from Article L. 211-12 of the Labour Code.

Content of measure

The government increased the authorised working hours to a maximum of 12 hours and to a maximum of 60 hours per week. Any use of these increased working hours must be the subject of a request and must be approved by the staff delegation. In addition to health sector activities, the measure also concerns activities that are essential for the maintenance of the vital interests. The measure concerns the following activities: the health and care sector, including hospital activities and medical analysis laboratories, the production and distribution of energy and petroleum products, public transport, systems for the exchange, payment and settlement of instruments, cash transportation and cleaning services, essential activities linked to the functioning of the financial sector and the insurance and reinsurance sector, pharmacies, opticians, businesses that sell mainly animal feed, telecommunications service businesses, businesses that sell mainly hygiene, washing and sanitary equipment products, fuel sales services and gas stations, passenger transport activities, distributors and shops specialising in medical and health equipment, medical pedicure limited to medical and non-cosmetic care, press distribution businesses, financial and insurance institutions, postal services, dry-cleaning and laundry services, funeral services, troubleshooting, repair, remediation and maintenance activities required for safety reasons.

Use of measure

No number of workers affected by this measure is currently disclosed.

Target groups

Workers Businesses Citizens
Workers in care facilities
Workers in essential services
Does not apply to businesses Does not apply to citizens

Actors and funding

Actors Funding
National government
Company / Companies
National funds

Social partners

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

Trade unions Employers' organisations
Role Negotiated Negotiated
Form Direct consultation outside a formal body Direct consultation outside a formal body

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

  • Social partners jointly
  • Main level of involvement: Peak or cross-sectoral level


See role and form section.

Views and reactions

The company staff delegation must approve the request. However, trade unions such as the OGBL had difficulties to accept the increase of work hours.


  • 18 March 2020: Increase in working time during the crisis period (
  • 30 March 2020: Le «oui, mais» syndical à la semaine de 60 heures (
  • 27 May 2020: Grand-ducal regulation of March 27


Eurofound (2020), Increase in working time during the crisis period, case LU-2020-13/839 (measures in Luxembourg), 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.