The coronavirus has changed the daily work routine in many companies. What does this mean for compliance work in companies?
Covid-19: Legal Questions for Employers and Employees
There are numerous legal issues surrounding the coronavirus:
- As an employer, can I request that all of my employees work from home?
- Who has to inform who and when do they have to inform them if they are infected?
- Can employees stay off work if childcare facilities are closed and they have to organize childcare?
But that’s not all: COVID-19 has also temporarily heralded a new way of working. Employees no longer come into the office and in-person events are no longer permitted. What does this mean for the work of compliance officers? Compliance departments need to be in close contact with employees to provide them with important updates, particularly at this time when rules are changing daily.
Seeing the Crisis as an Opportunity
Nobody could have foreseen the rapid spread of the new coronavirus. We all hope that the measures taken will significantly slow the virus‘ progression and harm as few people as possible. However, the current crisis also offers compliance officers the opportunity to push ahead with the digitalization of compliance programs, which not only enables them to remain operational in times of crisis and keep compliance risks under control, but also to future-proof the entire company.