Given the health situation due to the COVID-19 epidemic, public guidelines advise, among other things, a 14-day quarantine for people returning from a risk area, as a precautionary measure and to contain the spread of the virus. Let’s take a closer look at how this can be done in practice so as not to impact your company’s productivity.
In the current context of the COVID-19 epidemic, the company obviously remains in control of the measures and conditions to be implemented. However, if necessary, teleworking must be clearly considered and anticipated.
Moreover, it is necessary to think about or ensure that a Business Continuity Plan (BCP) is in place, for example by considering a backup site in or outside the Grand Duchy of Luxembourg. As well as to ensure that this plan can be quickly activated in the event of a crisis.
Various connection modes are possible – for which we can of course advise you. These include access to virtual desktops, made possible thanks to cloud solutions, and offering full and secure mobility. Indeed, thanks to the digital environment, you will be able to find your usual workstation from any location and device (provided you have a correct Internet connection). Therefore, you will have access to all the documents and applications you use daily, with the same access and security protocals as locally.
But what about security?
The points of attention are obviously identical to those found in an classic work environment (antivirus, firewall, identification as a network user, access rights,…), with the addition of mobility management: encryption of peripherals, reinforced authentication, segregation between the professional and personal browsing environments, backup, remote wiping in case of theft,…
Are there any regulatory constraints?
Independent of the current situation, it remains for the company to decide whether or not to allow teleworking. Indeed, regarding taxation, neighbouring countries tolerate a certain number of “home office” days (variable according to the country of residence). The employer must declare the days worked outside the country to the social security system.
Regarding PSF companies (Professional of the Financial Sector), the CSSF has published a statement notifying that “starting out from an exceptional and temporary situation, a professional might decide to ask one or more of its employees to work from home, subject to satisfactory IT security conditions”, such as secure access to the working environment.
Relocate your business site
If you have never considered a business continuity plan, given the global scope and impact of COVID-19, now is the time to consider a crisis scenario, in order to avoid panic, and to be able to calmly think, document, and test a plan in line with your business, customers, and services.
For our part, we provide alternative work areas full equipped (laptop, screen, telephone, printer, Internet,…) and respecting the legal requirements.
To be precise for PSF, in this exceptional framework, in order to ensure rapid and effective implementation of the BCP, prior authorisation by the CSSF is not required. (Press release of 2020/03/02)
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