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What does the law on preventing COVID-19 change in the field of labor relations?

authors: Yaroslava Yvasiuk, Iryna Hochachko

19 March, 2020 Exclusive

The Law of Ukraine No. 530-IX “On Amendments to Certain Legislative Acts of Ukraine Aimed at Preventing the Occurrence and Spread of the Coronavirus Disease (COVID-19)” (the “Law”) was adopted on March 17, 2020. This Law has been elaborated for the purpose of preventing spread of the Coronavirus Disease (COVID-19). Certain provisions of the Law refer to the labor sphere as highlighted in detail below.

Remote work regime

“The employer may instruct the employee including public service employee, employee of local government bodies, to perform the work, specified in the labor agreement, at home within a certain period”.

The Law implements the remote work regime as a temporary measure within quarantine. Please note, that before the Law was adopted, the remote work was not regulated by the legislation, though many employers have used this work pattern in their business activity.

The employers should switch to remote work regime with a reasonable care given the lack of its legal regulation. The employers should ensure the organization of the work process, setting tasks and control over their performance, recording of working hours and other procedural issues. ...

 

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