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Resolution of labour disputes in the COVID-19 situation

At the sessions of labour dispute committee, the requirement to disperse is followed and all participants are required to disinfect their hands and wear a mask that covers both the nose and mouth.

The Government of the Republic Order No. 305 establishes national measures and restrictions which apply to public spaces and activities laid down in the order.

Pursuant to clause 8 of the order, people are required to wear a protective mask in public indoor spaces. The labour dispute committee organises its work in such a way as to ensure the safety of all parties and the labour dispute committee in the resolution of labour disputes. A mask must be worn by all when attending a session of the labour dispute committee. It is required to wear a mask both in the waiting room and at the session. All persons attending a session of the labour dispute committee are required to wear a mask: members of the committee (chairman, lay assessors, secretary-desk officer) and other participants (petitioner, opposing party).

We use either surgical or FFP2 masks. A surgical mask protects other people when you are ill, whereas the FFP2 mask protects you when you come in contact with an infected person.

The secretary-desk officer of the committee must be informed when you have come in contact with an infected person or have fallen ill (contact information in the summons). In such an event, the Chairman of the Labour Dispute Committee will decide when and how the session is to be held.

Where possible, sessions held in a virtual conference format should be preferred. Pursuant to subsection 421 (1) of the Labour Dispute Resolution Act, a labour dispute committee may hold a session in full or in part as a procedural conference, i.e., virtually. We kindly ask the parties to indicate their wish to use this option when filing the petition or by informing the secretary-desk officer of the labour dispute committee.