The 4 phases agreed by the Council of Ministers for the gradual lifting of the restrictive measures imposed in order to reduce the spread of COVID-19, were announced by the Minister of Health at a press conference on Friday, 1 May 2020. The Minster stressed that the gradual easing of the lock down will occur on the basis of the guidelines and protocols.
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.
On 30 January 2020 the World Health Organisation declared COVID-19 a global health emergency of international concern. Two months later, the pandemic presents a number of issues for Cyprus employers and threatens the survival of many businesses. This article addresses some of the immediate issues which Cyprus employers are facing.
Many employers are struggling to understand their obligations towards employees during this unprecedented time. Employers obligations include safeguarding the health and safety of employees at their workplace, protecting vulnerable/high risk employees, providing special leave to parents with children up to 15 years old who work in the private sector…
Employment Law Update: Economic Measures for employers/employees to cope with the effects of COVID-19
The Cyprus Government announced an initial package of measures to support the economy and employers/employees to cope with the effects of COVID-19. These measures include Special leave for parents working in the private sector and support for businesses facing a reduction in turnover through a Business Suspension Plan.
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.
The ECJ has confirmed that Member States are not obliged to allow annual leave in excess of the four weeks’ annual leave under the Working Time Directive to be carried forward to the next leave year if it has not been taken due to sickness.
The Grand Chamber of the European Court of Human Rights (ECHR) held in the case of López Ribalda and Others v. Spain (applications nos. 1874/13 and 8567/13, 17.02.2019) that employees’ right to privacy was not violated when a Spanish supermarket used visible and secret cameras to record public areas of the store when it suspected significant theft by employees.
Regulation (EU) 2019/1149 setting up the European Labour Authority (ELA) came into force on 01.08.2019. The ELA will be based in Bratislava (Slovakia) and will aim to facilitate access for individuals and employers to information on their rights and obligations, support cooperation between national authorities in cross-border situations, by helping them ensure that the EU rules that protect and regulate mobility are easily and effectively followed and to provide mediation and facilitate solutions in case of cross-border disputes, such as in the event of company restructuring involving several Member States.
The Directive was published on the 12.07.2019 and comes into force on the 01.08.2019. The directive has to be implemented into national law by the 2.08.2022 at the latest.
The Directive “lays down minimum requirements designed to achieve equality between men and women with regard to labour market opportunities and treatment at work, by facilitating the reconciliation of work and family life for workers who are parents, or carers”.