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COVID-19 Legal Insights
COVID-19 Legal Insights is our response to the COVID-19 outbreak. We shall keep you informed on the various legal challenges posed by the coronavirus, thanks to a dedicated practice group comprising lawyers with different backgrounds, such as compliance/regulatory, corporate and commercial, insurance, labour and employment, litigation and arbitration, insolvency, public procurement, data privacy, tax and customs. In addition, our taskforce offers strategic advice on crisis-specific matters: corporate restructuring, review and (re)negotiation of agreements (including collective bargaining agreements and individual employment contracts), performance of the contracts which are affected by force majeure and hardship, unblocking pre-litigation relationships, etc.
COVID-19 Legal Insights is our response to the COVID-19 outbreak. We shall keep you informed on the various legal challenges posed by the coronavirus, thanks to a dedicated practice group comprising lawyers with different backgrounds, such as compliance/regulatory, corporate and commercial, insurance, labour and employment, litigation and arbitration, insolvency, public procurement, data privacy, tax and customs. In addition, our taskforce offers strategic advice on crisis-specific matters: corporate restructuring, review and (re)negotiation of agreements (including collective bargaining agreements and individual employment contracts), performance of the contracts which are affected by force majeure and hardship, unblocking pre-litigation relationships, etc.
The nationwide state of emergency, instituted by Presidential Decree No. 195/2020 (the "Decree") due to the COVID-19 epidemic has imposed certain restrictive measures, including as regards the activity of the business operators. In this context, one cannot ignore that, absent the authorities' initiative and support measures for employers, the current epidemic may result in long-term grave consequences on the economic and social environment. Towards this end, the Romanian Government adopted Emergency Ordinance No. 30/18 March 2020 amending and supplementing certain regulations and establishing certain measures in the social protection field in the context of the coronavirus SARS-CoV-2 outbreak ("GEO 30/2020"). GEO 30/2020 was published in the Official Gazette No. 231 of 21 March 2020 and it has been recently amended by Government Emergency Ordinance No. 32/26 March 2020, published in the Official Gazette No. 260 of 30 March 2020. In addition, by Orders Nos. 740-743 of the Minister of Labour and Social Security, published in the Official Gazette No. 269 of 31 March 2020, the standard forms to be applied for the implementation of certain provisions of GEO 30/2020 were also approved. Relevant highlights: The indemnity for technical unemployment in the context of the emergency state instated due to the new COVID-19 Criteria to be met by the employers in order to benefit from the state support in paying the indemnity for technical unemployment Fiscal treatment of the indemnity for technical unemployment under the provisions of GEO 30/2020 Criteria to be met by the employees The procedure to be followed by employers Other categories of beneficiaries To read the entire legal insight, please download the .pdf attached (English and Romanian).
Technical unemployment in the economic and social context of the COVID-19 outbreak. Latest updates (1 April)
 

The nationwide state of emergency, instituted by Presidential Decree No. 195/2020 (the "Decree") due to the COVID-19 epidemic has imposed certain restrictive measures, including as regards the activity of the business operators. In this context, one cannot ignore that, absent the authorities' initiative and support measures for employers, the current epidemic may result in long-term grave consequences on the economic and social environment.

Towards this end, the Romanian Government adopted Emergency Ordinance No. 30/18 March 2020 amending and supplementing certain regulations and establishing certain measures in the social protection field in the context of the coronavirus SARS-CoV-2 outbreak ("GEO 30/2020"). GEO 30/2020 was published in the Official Gazette No. 231 of 21 March 2020 and it has been recently amended by Government Emergency Ordinance No. 32/26 March 2020, published in the Official Gazette No. 260 of 30 March 2020. In addition, by Orders Nos. 740-743 of the Minister of Labour and Social Security, published in the Official Gazette No. 269 of 31 March 2020, the standard forms to be applied for the implementation of certain provisions of GEO 30/2020 were also approved.

Relevant highlights:

  • The indemnity for technical unemployment in the context of the emergency state instated due to the new COVID-19
  • Criteria to be met by the employers in order to benefit from the state support in paying the indemnity for technical unemployment
  • Fiscal treatment of the indemnity for technical unemployment under the provisions of GEO 30/2020
  • Criteria to be met by the employees
  • The procedure to be followed by employers
  • Other categories of beneficiaries

To read the entire legal insight, please download the .pdf attached (English and Romanian).

The Military Ordinance No. 3 of 24 March 2020 on certain measures to prevent the spread of COVID-19 ("Military Ordinance 3/2020"), published in the Official Journal as of 24 March 2020, establishes additional measures seeking to combat the spread of the COVID-19 virus, among which a series of limitations to the free movement of individuals. Military Ordinance 3/2020 repeals certain provisions of the Military Ordinance No. 2/2020 of 21 March 2020 which similarly introduced certain movement limitations, but framed as obligations or recommendations, depending on the time when the movement took place. Relevant highlights: Limitations brought to the movement of persons; Certificates issued by employers for movement for professional purposes; Measures the employers must take in connection to the issuance of certificates for movement; Employers' liability. To read the entire legal insight, please download the .pdf attached (English and Romanian).
Measures regarding the movement for professional purposes as enforced by the Military Ordinance No. 3/2020 (27 March)
 

The Military Ordinance No. 3 of 24 March 2020 on certain measures to prevent the spread of COVID-19 ("Military Ordinance 3/2020"), published in the Official Journal as of 24 March 2020, establishes additional measures seeking to combat the spread of the COVID-19 virus, among which a series of limitations to the free movement of individuals.
Military Ordinance 3/2020 repeals certain provisions of the Military Ordinance No. 2/2020 of 21 March 2020 which similarly introduced certain movement limitations, but framed as obligations or recommendations, depending on the time when the movement took place.

Relevant highlights:

  • Limitations brought to the movement of persons;
  • Certificates issued by employers for movement for professional purposes;
  • Measures the employers must take in connection to the issuance of certificates for movement;
  • Employers' liability.

To read the entire legal insight, please download the .pdf attached (English and Romanian). 

Law No. 19/2020 on granting days off to parents to supervise their children in case of temporary closing of educational institutions ("Law 19/2020") was published in the Official Gazette, Part I, No. 209, dated 14 March 2020 and entered into force on 17 March 2020. Law 19/2020 has been recently amended and supplemented by Government Emergency Ordinance No. 30/2020 amending and supplementing certain enactments and establishing social protection measures in the context of the epidemiological situation caused by the spread of the SARS-CoV-2 coronavirus, and by Government Decision No. 217/2020 for the application of Law 19/2020. Relevant highlights: In which situations do parents benefit of days off? Conditions to be met in order to benefit of days off; Categories of employees exempted from the application of Law 19/2020; Total number of days off that parents can benefit from; The allowance for days off. To read the entire legal insight, please download the .pdf attached (English and Romanian).
Granting days off to parents to supervise their children in case of temporary closing of education institutions (24 March)
 

Law  No. 19/2020 on granting days off to parents to supervise their children in case of temporary closing of educational institutions ("Law 19/2020") was published in the Official Gazette, Part I, No. 209, dated 14 March 2020 and entered into force on 17 March 2020.

Law 19/2020 has been recently amended and supplemented by Government Emergency Ordinance No. 30/2020 amending and supplementing certain enactments and establishing social protection measures in the context of the epidemiological situation caused by the spread of the SARS-CoV-2 coronavirus, and by Government Decision No. 217/2020 for the application of Law 19/2020.

Relevant highlights:

  • In which situations do parents benefit of days off?
  • Conditions to be met in order to benefit of days off;
  • Categories of employees exempted from the application of Law 19/2020;
  • Total number of days off that parents can benefit from;
  • The allowance for days off.

To read the entire legal insight, please download the .pdf attached (English and Romanian).

The nationwide state of emergency, instituted by Presidential Decree No. 195/2020 (the "Decree") due to the COVID-19 epidemic has imposed certain restrictive measures, including as regards the activity of the business operators. In this context, one cannot ignore that, absent the authorities' initiative and support measures for employers, the current epidemic may result in long-term grave consequences on the economic and social environment. Towards this end, Government Emergency Ordinance No. 30/18 March 2020 for amending and supplementing certain regulations and establishing certain measures in the social protection field in the context of the coronavirus SARS-CoV-2 outbreak has been passed, and published in the Official Gazette No. 231 of 21 March 2020 ("G.E.O. 30/2020"). Learn more about: The indemnity for technical unemployment in the context of the emergency state instated due to the new COVID-19; The criteria to be met by the employers in order to benefit from the state support in paying the indemnity for technical unemployment; The fiscal treatment of the indemnity for technical unemployment under the provisions of G.E.O. No. 30/2020 The procedure to be followed by employers; The other categories of beneficiaries. To read the entire legal insight, please download the .pdf attached (English and Romanian).
Technical unemployment in the economic and social context of the COVID-19 outbreak (22 March)
 

The nationwide state of emergency, instituted by Presidential Decree No. 195/2020 (the "Decree") due to the COVID-19 epidemic has imposed certain restrictive measures, including as regards the activity of the business operators. In this context, one cannot ignore that, absent the authorities' initiative and support measures for employers, the current epidemic may result in long-term grave consequences on the economic and social environment.

Towards this end, Government Emergency Ordinance No. 30/18 March 2020 for amending and supplementing certain regulations and establishing certain measures in the social protection field in the  context of the coronavirus SARS-CoV-2 outbreak has been passed, and published in the Official Gazette No. 231 of 21 March 2020 ("G.E.O. 30/2020").

Learn more about:

  • The indemnity for technical unemployment in the context of the emergency state instated due to the new COVID-19;
  • The criteria to be met by the employers in order to benefit from the state support in paying the indemnity for technical unemployment;
  • The fiscal treatment of the indemnity for technical unemployment under the provisions of G.E.O. No. 30/2020
  • The procedure to be followed by employers;
  • The other categories of beneficiaries.

To read the entire legal insight, please download the .pdf attached (English and Romanian).

A state of emergency was declared in Romania on 16 March 2020 by Presidential Decree No. 195/2020, published in the Official Gazette No. 212/2020. The Decree institutes a 30-day state of emergency throughout the Romanian territory and establishes first emergency measures of direct and immediate application, as well as measures of gradual applicability with a view to preventing the spread of COVID-19 and handling the consequences of this epidemic. The Decree impacts on the employment relationships as well, mainly on social welfare, work from home / telework, the activity of the Territorial Labour Inspectorates, the collective bargaining agreements and collective labour disputes, etc. To read the entire legal insight, please download the .pdf attached (English and Romanian).
Protection of employment relationships within the state of emergency (20 March)
 

A state of emergency was declared in Romania on 16 March 2020 by Presidential Decree No. 195/2020, published in the Official Gazette No. 212/2020. The Decree institutes a 30-day state of emergency throughout the Romanian territory and establishes first emergency measures of direct and immediate application, as well as measures of gradual applicability with a view to preventing the spread of COVID-19 and handling the consequences of this epidemic.

The Decree impacts on the employment relationships as well, mainly on social welfare, work from home / telework, the activity of the Territorial Labour Inspectorates, the collective bargaining agreements and collective labour disputes, etc.

To read the entire legal insight, please download the .pdf attached (English and Romanian).

Currently, the data released by the public authorities confirm the daily increase in the number of cases of infection with the new coronavirus (COVID-19), both globally and locally. Besides the social and economic implications which are already being broadly analysed and debated in the public space, such exceptional context also requires some legal clarifications, especially from the perspective of employment relationships. To read the entire legal insight, please download the .pdf attached (English and Romanian).
Impact of the coronavirus (COVID-19) spread on labour relations (16 March)
 

Currently, the data released by the public authorities confirm the daily increase in the number of cases of infection with the new coronavirus (COVID-19), both globally and locally. Besides the social and economic implications which are already being broadly analysed and debated in the public space, such exceptional context also requires some legal clarifications, especially from the perspective of employment relationships.

To read the entire legal insight, please download the .pdf attached (English and Romanian).



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