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It is in difficult times like this, that we can fully appreciate the need for close collaboration between employer and employees to appropriately address the multiple challenges related to a pandemic.

As the spread of the novel coronavirus COVID-19 continues to accelerate in Europe and throughout the world, it is essential for employers to plan appropriately for contingencies both to protect the health, safety, and well-being of their employees and to minimize business disruption. 

Technology has permitted a shift toward a labor market where the boundaries between working time and personal time have become blurred. Indeed, the ultra-connected digital age which enables employees to be available 24 hours/7days a week/365 days a year and the pressures of responding to a tsunami of emails across different time zones, has its advantages and disadvantages. 

We are now seeing some of the advantages, as many employees are able to work remotely and thus reduce the spread of COVID-19. However, the work-wherever-you-are mindset can also create a strain on the health and safety of employees. 

In this issue, we explore the rules and must-do advice for employers that require attention to ensure the well-being of human resources throughout 37 countries worldwide, including Romania.

Global Labor and Employment Law Strategic Topics 2020 Edition #1 - The ever increasing importance of ensuring health and well-being in the workplace in 2020