Saturday, 29 February 2020, the Luxembourg authorities confirmed the first patient in Luxembourg infected with Covid-19, or the Coronavirus.

With this, the question arises on the management of the risk of contagion in undertakings in Luxembourg.

Legally, salaried employees in Luxembourg do not have the right to retire in the event of a serious safety risk (droit de retrait). Thus, they cannot refrain from going to the premises of their employment on the pretext that another employee would expose them to the risk of contagion.

However, the Luxembourg Labor Code imposes on employers a legal obligation to ensure the health and safety of their employees at work. It is thus incumbent upon employers to put in place preventive measures in an undertaking to avoid all risks and effectively combat them, or to reduce them as much as possible.

The information and recommendations to take with respect to the Coronavirus are constantly evolving under the government and health authorities’s guidance.

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