Some details concerning the impact of coronavirus on work

We have assembled some questions and answers on the effects of coronavirus on employee rights, employment conditions and daily life at workplaces. This also includes links to information provided by public authorities and guidelines issued by trade unions. These pages will be updated as new details become available.
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Avoiding coronavirus infection and falling ill

How can I avoid the risk of coronavirus infection? What should I do if I suspect that I have been infected?
The following link explains some ways of minimising your own risk of infection and tells you what to do if you suspect you have been infected with coronavirus and where you can get income support for the duration of illness. The page also includes links to official information.

Some questions and answers concerning how to prevent coronavirus infection and disease

Rights and duties of employees

Can an employer cancel a promised summer job because of the coronavirus epidemic? Where can I turn to for income support during the changes at work caused by the coronavirus emergency?
The following link provides information on how the coronavirus epidemic affects things like the right to work, annual leave and business-related travel. It also includes links to guidelines issued by trade unions and public authorities.

Some questions and answers concerning the rights and duties of employees during the coronavirus epidemic

Temporary changes in regulations governing layoff (furlough) and other terms and conditions of employment

How have the layoff rules changed, and for how long? Who is affected?
The following link provides information on temporary exceptions to the rules governing layoff procedures, the trial period and the employer’s duty to re-engage a dismissed employee. Most of these exceptions will remain in force until the end of June 2020.

Some questions and answers on temporary exceptions concerning layoffs and other terms and conditions of employment

Temporary changes in unemployment benefit and services for the unemployed

Will a layoff period shorten the maximum duration of unemployment benefit? How do I claim unemployment benefit during the coronavirus epidemic?
The following link provides information on how to claim unemployment benefit, and on temporary exceptions to the associated waiting period, maximum duration and employment condition. It also explains how unemployment benefit will temporarily protect the livelihoods of self-employed and freelance workers.

Some questions and answers on temporary exceptions to unemployment benefit and services for the unemployed