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Factsheet for case LU-2020-16/1408 – measures in Luxembourg

New regulation on a series of occupational health and safety measures in the fight against COVID-19

Règlement grand-ducal du 17 avril 2020 portant introduction d’une série de mesures en matière de sécurité et santé au travail dans le cadre de la lutte contre le COVID-1

Country Luxembourg , applies nationwide
Time period Temporary, 17 April 2020 – 24 June 2020
Type Company practices
Category Protection of workers, adaptation of workplace
– Occupational health and safety
Author Patrick Thill (LISER) and Eurofound
Case created 06 November 2020 (updated 09 November 2020)

Background information

This regulation plans to introduce a series of specific obligations that are to be applied by employers and employees during the state of sanitary emergency to take into account the exceptional circumstances related to the COVID-19 epidemic and to ensure the protection of the safety and health of employees in the face of this COVID-19 epidemic.

Content of measure

This regulation is made of three main articles. The first one concerns the obligations that are to be applied by employers in terms of safety of their employees at the workplace. It concerns health measures, organisational measures, rearrangement of work condition, etc.

The second one concerns the obligations that are to be applied by employees and their right to leave their workplace (with their colleagues) if they face a serious danger and what it implies (i.e.: if it occurs, the employer can't end the contract). The third one specifies the inspections and penalties in case of a non-respect of these rules.

Use of measure

It concerns all the active population residents and cross-border workers.

Contents

  • Health and safety

Target groups

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

Actors and funding

Actors Funding
National government
Trade unions
Employers' organisations
No special funding required

Social partners

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

Trade unions Employers' organisations
Role Agreed (outcome) incl. social partner initiative Agreed (outcome) incl. social partner initiative
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:

  • Social partners jointly
  • Main level of involvement: Company level

Involvement

Trade unions (OGBL and LCGB) participate in discussion, negociation and decision with government, other trade unions, employer's federation, Labour and Mines Inspectorate, and occupational health. Trade-union especially proposed and participated in additional measures and rules to better protect employee during the sanitary crisis.

Views and reactions

As these measures were negotiated all together there are in total agreement with it.

Sources

  • 17 April 2020: Règlement grand-ducal du 17 avril 2020 portant introduction d’une série de mesures en matière de sécurité et santé au travail dans le cadre de la lutte contre le COVID-1 (data.legilux.public.lu)
  • 17 April 2020: COVID-19: Règlement grand-ducal du 17 avril 202 (www.ogbl.lu)

Citation

Eurofound (2020), New regulation on a series of occupational health and safety measures in the fight against COVID-19, case LU-2020-16/1408 (measures in Luxembourg), 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.