After nearly all travel – including business travel – has come to a standstill in recent weeks, there are now signs of a gradual return to normal. Due to the easing of numerous corona restrictions, such as the reopening of hotels, business travel is becoming less complicated.
The European Agency for Safety and Health at Work (EU-OSHA) has published EU guidelines for returning to work safely.
On April 23, 2020, the Bundestag passed the “Work of Tomorrow Act” (Arbeit-von-morgen-Gesetz). This law only needs to be discussed conclusively by the German Federal Council (Bundesrat) – which will presumably happen on May 15, 2020 – before it enters into force.
The hopefully imminent return from the home office to regular working conditions presents employers with new challenges. How can employers minimize the risk of infection in the company? On April 16, 2020, the German Federal Minister of Employment, Hubertus Heil, presented the new, uniform occupational safety and health standard SARS-CoV-2. The new standard is intended to combine occupational safety and infection protection.
The German Federal government decided on April 22, 2020 in a coalition resolution to increase the short-time working allowance.