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European Parliament Adopts Post-Pandemic Health and Safety Resolution
New Regulation or Official Guidance
Authors: Kate Potts, Senior Associate, and Raoul Parekh, Partner – GQ | Littler
In March 2022, the European Parliament adopted an EU strategic framework on health and safety post 2020. The framework sets out key priorities for improving workers’ health and safety in the post-pandemic world of work. The resolution: (1) Includes better protection for workers in relation to harmful substances, stress at work and repetitive motion injuries; (2) Outlines the need for better preparedness for future public health crises; (3) Recommends that telework rules are updated (including the right to disconnect across Europe); and (4) Sets outs ambitious prevention and enforcement measures.
There are currently no specific rules or requirements for employers following the adoption of the resolution and at this stage there are no plans for new EU-wide legislation.