The coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic is a challenge for employers and employees. Companies must protect their employees' health and at the same time try to keep the business running. Not all companies can organize home-office work, and many simply have to shut down for some time. As we are starting the return-to-work phase, employers have to establish new health and safety protocols for the workplace. German law provides for paid leave in various scenarios, and the Government has introduced new options of subsidies to facilitate the situation for both sides.

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Originally published May 2020

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