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Employment and labour

Employers have obligations for the health and safety of their employees and to protect their personal data. As a result, employers must bear in mind their duty of care to their employees: What testing can they request of employees? Can they prevent an employee from attending at the workplace? What payments are employees entitled to if they are unable to attend work? What must an employer consider with homeworking? What are the employer’s obligations if it becomes necessary to shut down the workplace? How much information can employers ask about an employee's health and with whom can they share it? What are the risks if we fall short of our usual data protection compliance standards when dealing with this crisis?


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