Employment Law Update: COVID-19 – Workforce and employment issues

On the 8 April 2020, the President of Cyprus announced that the measures announced previously to restrict the spread of coronavirus on the island were to be extended until April 30, in line with the decisions adopted by the the Council of Ministers. The financial measures announced previously to support employees and businesses during the current crisis will also be be extended until 12 June 2020.

Employment Law: Recommendations for employers to prepare for Novel coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak

Novel coronavirus is a new strain of coronavirus (known as COVID-19) first identified in Wuhan City, Hubei Province of China, in December 2019. Since that time there have been an increasing number of cases confirmed throughout the word.The first confirmed case of COVID-19 was officially identified in Cyprus on the 10 March 2020. On the 12 March 2020 the WHO declared Covid-19 a pandemic.

Insights: Employee Confidentiality / Non-disclosure agreements

Cyprus law allows businesses to protect themselves against the unauthorised disclosure of trade secrets and confidential information by both current and former employees to third parties. The extent of the protection allowed depends on the nature of the information which the employer is seeking to protect. An employer and employee or worker might agree to an confidentiality clause / non-disclosure agreement…

Insights: Annual Leave / Holiday Entitlement

Each employee who works 48 weeks within one year is entitled to paid annual leave with pay of four weeks. Employees, who work 5 days a week, are entitled to annual leave of 20 working days, whereas employees who work 6 days a week, to annual leave of 24 working days. Temporary absence from work due to an accident, sickness, maternity, parental leave or leave on grounds of force majeure, is considered as a working period.