Corona FAQ

Last update: May 6st 2020, 12:15 - Update: Links to new Corona guides translated to English, Polish, German, Lithuanian, Italian and Rumanian added to ’How can we limit the risk of Corona infection at the workplace?

About Corona virus (COVID-19) in Denmark

Travelling to and from Denmark

  • Can our employees cross the border into Denmark?

    Yes, working in Denmark is considered a worthy cause and your employees can therefore cross the border. Remember to make sure that your employee can document his/her employment in your company.

    Information about documentation requirements

  • Should our employee stay at home for 14 days when returning to Denmark for work?

    The Danish Construction Association supports the public authorities in their efforts to limit the risk of Corona infection, and we recommend that our members follow the authorities’ guidelines.

    You are strongly advised by the authorities to stay at home for 14 days regardless of the status of the country departed from, the duration of the trip, and whether you are a citizen, a resident, or enter with a worthy purpose.

    Note that If you commute to/from work in Denmark from e.g. Sweden or Germany (or vice versa), you will not have to stay at home for 14 days between commutes.

    A FAQ can be found here:
    See the question “Do I need to be stay at home for 14 days after entering Denmark?” 

    Also note that the authorities make this a strong advice, not an order. The authorities therefore give the company room for a concrete assessment based on the individual situation. Examples of important factors to be considered:

    • Do your employees have any symptoms indicating infection?
    • Have your employees complied with the general advice for appropriate behavior in the public space during transportation to/from Denmark? (have they for instance carpooled when travelling to/from Denmark? It is recommended to limit carpooling)
    • Have your employees complied with the general advice on avoiding contact with other people (have they stayed at home during their stay abroad and have they followed all other recommendations from the Danish Health Authorities?)
    • Which country are your employees travelling from and what is the infection status in that country or area? (refer to country specific information at the Danish Embassy and health authorities in the country of residence, and the country of residence’s embassy in Denmark)
    • What will the working environment at the construction site be like? (will work take place outside/inside? Will there be ample room or very little room? Will it be possible for your employees to stay separate from other workers at the construction site?)
    • How will transportation to and from the construction site to the place of residence in Denmark take place? (is transportation taking place in compliance with the general advice for appropriate behavior in the public space during transportation?)

     

    For more information, please visit these sites:

     

  • Have the Danish authorities launched specific initiatives focusing on Corona infection risk from employees travelling to work in Denmark from abroad?

    Yes. On April 23rd 2020 the government launched seven initiatives focusing on employees travelling to Denmark from abroad and vice versa.

    As one of the seven initiatives the Danish Working Environment Authority has initiated inspections focused on risk of Corona infection at construction sites. Relevant business industries, including the construction industry, will be guided by the Authority. When necessary the Authority will intervene with orders/injunctions.

    The government has also communicated that “if the industry does not achieve full compliance with the working environment and risk of infection from abroad, the government is ready to order 14 days mandatory self-isolation for everyone travelling to Denmark from abroad regardless of nationality.

    The message and all seven initiatives can be read in full in Danish here: https://bm.dk/nyheder-presse/pressemeddelelser/2020/04/regeringen-paalaegger-alle-brancher-at-faa-styr-paa-arbejdsmiljoe-og-smittefare-fra-vandrende-arbejdstagere/ 

    We will update with a link to English language information from the authorities on this subject as soon as it is available.

  • Our employee cannot return to Denmark for work – should we pay his/her wage?

    (The answer below assumes a Danish established company and locally employed employees. Contact us for help on your specific situation, if your business set-up deviates from the assumption).

    Generally, the employee will not be entitled to pay if he/she cannot come to work due to for instance cancelled flights, cancelled ferry connections or border closures. Whether these disruptions to transportation are due to Corona virus or not, has no bearing on the employee’s entitlement to wage, as it – generally speaking – is the employee's own responsibility to transport him-/herself to work.

Sickness and quarantine

The answers below assume a Danish established company and locally employed employees. Contact us for help on your specific situation, if your business set-up deviates from the assumption

  • If our foreign employee travels to his home country knowing he will be quarantined on arrival. Are we as an employer supposed to pay wages?

    No. If the employee travels home knowing that he will be quarantined on arrival, the company will not be obligated to pay wages for the quarantine period. The employee must use vacation, floating holidays (feriefridage) or absence on his own expense to pay for the absence period.

  • What if our employee suddenly gets quarantined/isolated when visiting his home country. Are we supposed to pay wages?

    This situation is more uncertain. The answer depends on the specific circumstances.

    • Generally speaking, it is the assessment of the Danish Construction Association, that the risk of being infected in a range of countries in Europe, is comparable to the risk in Denmark. If the risk is comparable and the employee is placed in quarantine in the home country due to presumed infection or presumed increased risk of infection, the employee will be considered sick and the employee will be entitled to normal sick pay in accordance with the applicable rules. The employer will in this situation be entitled to reimbursement from the 1st day for sickness due to Corona virus (read more about the reimbursement scheme below). We recommend that the company and employee sign a statement-of-truth in this situation
      Download a template statement-of-truth here

      Factors to consider when assessing the specifik circumstances:
      • The risk level at the destination is comparable to the risk in Denmark at the time of departure.
      • At the time of departure, the employee has no reason to believe, that there will be a significantly higher risk (compared to staying in Denmark) of being placed in quarantine at the destination.
         
    • If the employee knowingly travels to a place where the risk of being placed in quarantine is significantly higher than in Denmark, and then is placed in quarantine, it could – depending on the specific circumstances – be considered acceptance of own risk, and the employee will not be entitled to either normal wages or sick pay.

     

    The assessment of whether the situation falls in the first category or the second category described above must be made based on the information and recommendations of both the Danish Health Authorities and Ministry of Foreign Affairs, as well as the local health authorities in the specific area/country at the specific time of travel/being quarantined. Call us for feedback and advise on your specific situation: +45 7216 0000.

    Concerning the entitlement to reimbursement of sick pay from the 1st day of sickness, the Danish Construction Association must make the reservation, that the Danish authorities may overrule the above described assessment when the validation/auditing of paid-out reimbursements will be carried through at a later point in time.

  • Our employee has fallen ill with Corona in his home country. Are we supposed to pay him during his sickness?

    This situation is uncertain. The answer depends on the specific circumstances.

    • Generally speaking, it is the assessment of the Danish Construction Association, that the risk of being infected in a range of countries in Europe, is comparable to the risk in Denmark. If the risk is comparable and the employee is infected in the home country, the employee will be considered sick and thus entitled to normal sick pay according to the applicable rules. The employer will in this situation be entitled to reimbursement from the 1st day for sickness due to Corona virus (read more about the reimbursement scheme below). We recommend that the company and employee sign a statement-of-truth in this situation.
      Download a template statement-of-truth here

      Factors to consider when assessing the specific circumstances:
      • The risk of being infected at the destination is comparable to the risk in Denmark at the time of departure.
      • At the time of departure, the employee has no reason to believe, that there will be a significantly higher risk (compared to staying in Denmark) of being infected at the destination.
         
    • If the employee knowingly travels to a place where the risk of being infected is significantly higher than in Denmark it could – depending on the specific circumstances – be considered acceptance of own risk, and the employee will not be entitled to either normal wages or sick pay.

     

    The assessment of whether the situation falls in the first category or the second category described above must be made based on the information and recommendations of both the Danish health authorities and Ministry of Foreign Affairs, as well as the local health authorities in the specific area/country at the specific time of travel/falling ill. Call us for feedback and advise on your specific situation: +45 7216 0000

    Concerning the entitlement to reimbursement of sick pay from the 1st day of sickness, the Danish Construction Association must make the reservation, that the Danish authorities may overrule the above described assessment when the validation/auditing of paid-out reimbursements will be carried through at a later point in time.

Support schemes for companies

Below we have provided summarized information in English on selected support schemes that aim to help Danish companies through the lockdown. The support schemes have all been established very recently and detailed instructions, application forms etc. are still to a large extent under development. Updated information on the various schemes will be published on a going basis at the relevant authorities’ webpages.

As a rule of thumb, the support schemes are only available for companies established in Denmark with a CVR-number and employees (of any nationality) with a Danish CPR-number, that are locally employed.

The Danish Construction Association does unfortunately not have resources available to provide comprehensive information on the schemes in English language. And the public information pages are primarily available in Danish language.

We have provided the below summarized information, which you can use to get an overview. We recommend that you to task your Danish speaking staff or local advisors, such as accountants or bookkeepers, with the job of researching the schemes and applying for support, if relevant.

Full overview of support schemes and other Corona-related information for companies: https://virksomhedsguiden.dk/erhvervsfremme/content/temaer/coronavirus_og_din_virksomhed/

  • Reimbursement of sick pay from 1st day of sickness due to Corona virus

    Information in Danish:

     

    On 17th March 2020 the Danish parliament passed an amendment to the law on sick pay. The amendment entitles employers to receive reimbursement for sick pay from the first day of sickness if the employee’s sickness is caused by Corona/COVID-19 and the employee otherwise lives up to the law's requirements.

    The amendment allows employers to apply for reimbursement if the employee’s absence due to sickness is caused by Corona/COVID-19 and if first day of absence occurred on 27th February or later.

    Observe that quarantine (without the quarantined employee being sick) in some situations may also qualify for reimbursement under the amendment. See the section on “Sickness and quarantine” for more information or contact us for advice.

  • Wage compensation

    Information in Danish:

     

    Summary

    • Purpose: To prevent companies from firing their employees due to reasons caused by Corona
    • Who can apply?: Private companies that – due to coronavirus/COVID-19 – are facing having to fire minimum 30% of their employees or minimum 50 employees.
    • Duration: The scheme is available from 9th March 2020 to 8th July. The scheme has been extended by a month (from 9th June 2020 to 8th July). Companies apply again to participate in the extension. Applications for participation in the extension will be accepted from the middle of May.
    • What will the government do?
      • Blue-collar (hourly waged): The government will pay 90% of the wage, maximum 30.000 DKK per month per employee covered by the scheme (the employer must pay the remaining 10% of the wage
      • White-collar (salaried): The government will pay 75% of the wage, maximum 30.000 DKK per month per employee covered by the scheme (the employer must pay the remaining 25% of the wage)
    • What must the company do:
      • The employees covered by the scheme must be sent home and are not allowed to work
      • The company may not fire any employees for economic reasons during the time-period where it receives funds from the scheme
      • The employees covered by the scheme must take 5 days holiday, floating holidays or time-off without pay during the compensation period. The company will not receive compensation for these 5 days

    Applications can be submitted digitally here

     

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