Our lawyers are enthusiastic, committed people who relish the challenges and opportunities that they encounter every day.
Search for a lawyer by name or use one of the filters.
Our business team members are enthusiastic, committed people who relish the challenges and opportunities that they encounter every day.
Search for a business team member by name or use one of the filters.
th March 2020
- Timon Grau
- Anne Gaukstern
Employment and Incentives - Covid-19 (Novel Coronavirus) - Workforce wellbeing
The Covid-19 crisis: tips for employers in Germany as of mid-March
Take immediate measures to protect all staff and business partners
Close offices and enforce home office where feasible; otherwise clean well and reduce infection risks
Prohibit all travel and physical meetings, amending the travel policy
Monitor recommendations by public authorities and inform employees accordingly
Take immediate action if there is an actual or suspected Corona-case
Explore options for flexible working – employee cooperation is generally needed
Reduce all overtime surpluses
Introduce sustainable home office arrangements
Encourage employees to take (paid) holidays or sabbaticals
Extend parental leave
Agree new terms of employment, e.g. part-time, flexitime
Seek reimbursement for paid remuneration to employees in official quarantine 4.
Consider implementing “short-time work” and applying for “short-time compensation”
here our recent publication 5.
Consider further measures to reduce personnel costs
checking bonus schemes for options to reduce variable pay
agreeing pay cuts
terminating freelancers, explore agency work structures
dismissing employees in their probationary periods (first six months)
Engage with and seek cooperation from staff and employee representative bodies and business partners 7.
Use technology, communicate well and regularly; encourage communication within teams e.g. cyber cafe. 8.
Remain upbeat, positive but sincere.