New Covid-19 regulations effective 1 August 2022: What do employers need to consider?
New regulations concerning COVID-19 will apply in Austria as of 1 August 2022. In particular, as of this date, employees will no longer need to isolate if they are infected with COVID-19 in the case of an infection with COVID-19. Instead, a 10-day traffic restriction must be observed. This means that individuals with a positive COVID-19 test result must wear an FFP2 mask at all times when they are in contact with others. From the fifth day of testing, there is the possibility of "to not be obligated to obey the 10-day traffic restriction" ("Freitestung").
Due to the new regulations, employees must come to work despite a COVID-19 infection if they are able to work. They must always wear an FFP2 mask unless physical contact with other individuals is excluded. Due to the employer's duty of care, employers must ensure that employees who come to work despite a COVID-19 infection do not pose a risk to other employees. If appropriate protective measures cannot be provided for those who are in contact with the COVID-19 infected employee, employers are recommended to allow the COVID-19 infected employee to work from home or release them from their duty to work with full remuneration.
Should you have questions about the new COVID-19 regulations or need more information, feel free to reach out to our team of experts at any time.
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