Corona FAQ

Last update: July 16th 2020, 15:50

Below you can find links to Corona guides translated to English, Polish, German, Lithuanian, Italian and Rumanian as well as links to relevant government information about coronavirus.

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.

    On 27th June 2020 the Danish authorities introduced new rules for entry into Denmark. The authorities publish entry rules on a weekly basis, which show if a country is open or closed. The rules for entry into Denmark depend on whether a country is closed or not.

    The rules on entry and documentation requirements are updated continuously here: https://politi.dk/en/coronavirus-in-denmark/travelling-in-or-out-of-denmark/entry-into-denmark

    The authorities’ announcements on whether to stay at home for 14 days after entry to Denmark are now primarily influenced by the following conditions:

    • If you travel into Denmark from an open country, the authorities’ strong recommendation to stay at home will in most cases be annulled
    • If you travel to Denmark from a closed country, the authorities will in most cases strongly advice that you stay at home for 14 days after entry into Denmark (read about the meaning of “strong advice” further below)
    • The strong advice to stay at home will, however, in different situations be annulled, for instance if you are a border commuter or if you carry out a COVID-19 test after entry into Denmark and if the test result is negative
    • Please observe that all nationalities (regardless if they have a Danish health card or not) are able to get a COVID-19 test when they enter Denmark. Scroll to the bottom of this page for more information in English on COVID-19 testing: https://at.dk/coronasider/coronasmitte-test-for-indrejsende-arbejdskraft/

     

    Read the detailed descriptions of various situations at the following information points:

     

    The meaning of “strong advice” – factors that can be considered when assessing whether an employee should stay at home
    In some situations the authorities are strongly advising to stay at home for 14 days after entry into Denmark. A strong advice is not a decree. 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?).

  • 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/ 

  • 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 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).

      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.

     

    Acceptance of own risk

    If the employee knows or should have known that he/she 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.

     

    COVID-19-test

    It is possible to have a COVID-19-test in an increasing number of countries, and it it shus possible to determine if a person placed in quarantine is infected with COVID-19 or not infected:

    • If a test shows that the employee is not infected, the company will not have to pay sick pay for the period after the test result. For the period before the test result where the employee has been placed in quarantine due to presumed infection, the company will have to pay sick pay unless it is a case of acceptance of own risk (as described above). The company will be able to apply for reimbursement of sick pay from the 1st day of sickness and until the date of the test result (however, please note our reservation below)
    • If the test result shows that the employee is infected, the company will in most cases pay sick pay unless it is a case of acceptance of own risk (as described above). The company will be able to apply for reimbursement of sick pay from the 1st day of sickness (however, please note our reservation below)

     

    Reservations

    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).

      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.
         

    Acceptance of own risk

    If the employee knows or should have known that he/she 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

     

    Reservations

    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 twice. It was first extended by a month (from 9th June 2020 to 8th July), and second time it was extended to 29th August. 
    • 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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