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Covid-19 and labour law in Germany
European Labour Law Journal  (IF),  Pub Date : 2020-07-06, DOI: 10.1177/2031952520934566
Adam Sagan, Christian Schüller

As in many countries, the coronavirus pandemic is a major challenge facing labour law in Germany. On the one hand, the risk of infection in the workplace must be reduced as effectively as possible to prevent the pandemic from spreading. On the other hand, work processes must be maintained as far as possible to prevent an economic crisis, which could have an adverse impact on the pandemic. In this situation, German labour law does not only rely on existing regulations. The German legislator reacted promptly to the pandemic and amended a number of labour laws over a short period. The following contribution provides an overview of health and safety regulations; working time, including short-time work; employees income protection; and new possibilities for video conferencing in Germany.