On 30 January 2020, a New Coronavirus (“COVID-19”) outbreak was declared as a Public Health Emergency of International Concern by the World Health Organization (“WHO”).
To date, the virus has infected more than 125,000 people in the world.
In Vietnam, public authorities have promptly reacted by taking various measures to contain the spread of COVID-19 epidemic in the country (closure of schools, quarantine measures, temporary cancellation of the visa exemption to Vietnam for citizens of several countries and suspension of new work permits to foreigners in affected areas etc.).
In these challenging circumstances, Vietnamese companies are concerned about their obligations to maintain a safe workplace for their employees (precautionary measures or remedial steps) and their rights to adapt the employment relationship if they had to face a disruption of their business activities (employees infected by the COVID-19 or under quarantine measures, significant reduction of activity, closure of workplace, etc.).
Audier & Partners has addressed the most urgent questions raised by companies in respect of the Human Resources management of the COVID-19 threat, in a Question & Answer format together with links to further guidance.
At the date of writing this article, no exceptional provision was specifically taken by the Vietnamese authorities in respect of labour law or social security law. This article is therefore subject to the introduction of any such specific legal provisions.
In the meantime, you can download the A&P article by following this link: Vietnam HR management of Covid-19 threat_Q&A
The contents of this publication, current at the date of publication of 12 March 2020, are for reference purposes only. They do not constitute legal advice and should not be relied upon as such. Specific legal advice about your specific circumstances should always be sought separately before taking any action based on this publication.
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