Employment

Employment

Last update: 24/11/2020

Only a doctor can assess the seriousness of your symptoms and, if needed, prescribe sick leave.

Contact your doctor by phone or seek a teleconsultation.

 

Your employer cannot force employees to take leave without giving prior notice.

Act No. 619 enacting the system for annual paid leave, stipulates that the notice period must be a minimum of one month. This can be reduced to 15 days by special agreement.

Employees who usually receive a gross base salary of less than or equal to EUR 2,075.16, for 169 hours per month, will not lose any of their income. They will receive their usual net salary, since this is less than EUR 1,800.00.

Employees who usually receive a gross base salary of between EUR 2,075.17 and EUR 2,571.43, for 169 hours per month, will be entitled to the safeguard clause at a rate of EUR 1,800.00.

If your employer wishes to pay the extra 20% so that you continue to receive your full salary, the State will exempt the employer from social security contributions on this additional portion.

In the case of higher salaries, a cap has been set at 4.5 times the minimum wage.

You (employer) should ask him or her (the employee) to go home immediately, specifying that they must observe enhanced barrier measures with regard to the people around them.  You should also contact the Office of Occupational Medicine to report this positive case (97.98.46.46 / info-covid19@omt.mc).

Definition of enhanced barrier measures:

  • Wearing a mask at all times
  • Strict hand hygiene
  • Not sharing work tools (such as computers, telephones, tools, personal protective equipment, etc.)
  • No breaks or meals to be taken together

Symptoms that are suggestive of the disease (loss of taste, of smell) may also be justification for the employee to return home immediately and observe the enhanced barrier measures.  The Office of Occupational Medicine should also be contacted.

For other symptoms, the employee may be advised to consult a local doctor.

Definition of enhanced barrier measures:

  • Wearing a mask at all times
  • Strict hand hygiene
  • Not sharing work tools (such as computers, telephones, tools, personal protective equipment, etc.)
  • No breaks or meals to be taken together

No. The results of a PCR test are subject to medical confidentiality.

You should contact the Office of Occupational Medicine on 97.98.46.46 and/or by email (info-covid19@omt.mc) to inform them of the COVID+/highly probable case, give them the contact details of the person involved (surname, first name, date of birth, mobile phone number, email address, CCSS or SPME social insurance number) and draw up a list of persons with whom the employee has been in contact with this same information (last name, first name, date of birth, mobile phone number , email address, CCSS or SPME social insurance number)

An epidemiological investigation can then begin for the occupational doctor.

In theory, no employee needs to stop working if teleworking can be undertaken.

In this case, it will only be possible for high-risk contacts to benefit from a certificate of absence from work from the OMT, until the results of their PCR test are available.

Low-risk contacts can return to work while respecting the enhanced barrier measures among those around them.

Definition of high-risk contact (if no mask is worn):

  • Sharing the living space of a symptomatic or asymptomatic COVID case (for example  family, same bedroom)
  • Face-to-face discussion at less than 1 m, regardless of duration
  • Contact at less than 1m50 for more than 15 min
    (These two situations often occur when a meal is taken together, during a coffee break or cigarette break or when taking part in sport in close proximity)
  • Meeting in an enclosed space for more than 15 min. at a distance of less than 1m50

 

Definition of low risk contact:

  • Pupils or teachers in the same class
  • Immediate neighbour in the office at a distance of less than 1.50 m who is wearing a mask
  • Situations in which barrier measures are frequently not observed:  for example, being present in or having close contact in a changing room/cloakroom or refectory at the same time as a positive case.

 

Definition of enhanced barrier measures:

  • Wearing a mask at all times
  • Strict hand hygiene
  • Not sharing work tools (such as computers, telephones, tools, personal protective equipment, etc.)
  • No breaks or meals to be taken together

Yes. You must go to work.

It is up to the employer to decide whether or not to introduce home working.

Employers may refuse but will need to justify their decision.

While an epidemiological investigation is taking place following the presence of a COVID+ case, contacts who test negative will be able to return to work as soon as they receive their results, while respecting enhanced barrier measures until 14 days after their last contact with the positive case.

Positive contacts will be followed up by their general practitioner (with regard to stopping work, treatment, etc.).

Definition of enhanced barrier measures:

  • Wearing a mask at all times
  • Strict hand hygiene
  • Not sharing work tools (such as computers, telephones, tools, personal protective equipment, etc.)
  • No breaks or meals to be taken together

An employer cannot ask to receive the results of the PCR tests of his or her employees. The employer can contact the office of occupational medicine (OMT) to obtain confirmation of the possible response of the work of its employees following the epidemiological investigation carried out.

 

The employee will be equipped by his employer.

The Prince’s Government has decided to allow the Principality’s employers access to its supply lines for masks, offering them the opportunity to purchase alternative masks for their employees working in the Principality at cost price, subject to availability.

Masks can be ordered online and collected according to the procedures that will be sent following the order.

Employees travelling in from outside the Principality will need to procure their own masks for their first journey to Monaco. On arrival at work, they will be supplied with masks. As of 30 April, 650,000 masks had been distributed to companies.

Find out all the information about this procedure on Public Services  for Businesses website.

Employers in the Principality may pay a special COVID-19 bonus to some or all of their staff.

This bonus will be exempt from social security contributions up to a limit of €1,000 per recipient.

The amount of the bonus can be adjusted for different recipients on the basis of working conditions related to the COVID-19 epidemic, time spent at the company during the health crisis, specific working conditions related to the company’s business, whether or not there was contact with customers, and the length of time to which staff were exposed to these specific working conditions.

Bonuses can be paid in one or more instalments, but no later than 31 August 2020.

Yes. Employees who have a season ticket and have been temporarily laid off can ask for their season ticket to be suspended by simply contacting the Public Car Parks Office at spp@gouv.mc .

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No.  It is not possible to organise screening of employees on site (notice by the CCIN, May 2020).

The testing campaign is voluntary. You do not have to get a test and you cannot require your employees to be tested.

However, your employees can get tested for free if they want to, and you must allow them time off work to do so

You can go to the "all about the tests" page to find out the exact modalities and schedule of the tests.

It is compulsory to wear a mask in all industrial and office buildings, unless an operator is working alone and does not receive the public, or if screens of sufficient height have been installed between the workstations (at least 95 centimetres in height from the desk top).

It should also be noted that masks must also be worn in all enclosed areas that are open to the public, in all establishments that are open to the public and in queues inside and outside.

These measures apply to everyone except children under the age of five, for whom the wearing of masks is not required.

Yes, if you’re coming from Italy or France, you need a work-related travel exemption declaration, which your employer should provide.

NO, however it is strongly recommended in both the private and public sectors.

If you need to travel to France for work reasons, you must print out and fill in a proof of need to travel for work, which can be downloaded below.

You will also need to have a copy of the French work-related travel exemption declaration.

This declaration is available from the Ministry of the Interior and Government websites: www.gouvernement.fr/info-coronavirus

It is valid for one hour and can be completed on a smartphone, printed out and filled in on paper, or copied onto plain paper. If your reason for travel is work-related, the declaration must be accompanied by proof from your employer.

No, no declaration will be required for a journey between your home in Monaco and your place of work/training in Monaco.

However, teleworking is strongly recommended for those who can.

A molecular test (PCR) is mandatory for people entering Italy, with the following exceptions:

  • Persons entering Italy for a period not exceeding 120 hours for proven needs for work, health or absolute urgency
  • Transit, by private means, through Italian territory, for a period not exceeding 36 hours
  • Qualified health-care professionals entering Italy for the exercise of professional health occupations
  • Cross-border workers entering and leaving the national territory for proven work reasons and their subsequent return to their residence, accommodation or place where they are staying
  • Personnel from businesses and entities whose main or secondary office is in Italy, for trips abroad for proven work needs of a duration not exceeding 120 hours
  • Civil servants and officials, whatever their designation, of the European Union or international organisations, diplomatic agents, administrative and technical staff of diplomatic missions, consular officials and employees, and military and police personnel carrying out their duties
  • Pupils and students, to follow a course of study in a State other than their State of residence, dwelling or abode, to which they return every day or at least once a week
  • Crews of means of transport

The Prince’s Government is putting in place a social safeguard clause. If you are an employer and you hire an individual who has worked in Monaco for more than 20 years and recently lost their job due to COVID-19, you will be exempted from paying social security contributions. There are currently nearly 5,000 employees who have worked in the Principality for more than 20 years.

When a case of COVID-19 is confirmed (positive PCR test) or highly likely within a business, (i.e. presenting symptoms suggestive of loss of taste and smell), the employer must follow the following procedure :

  • If the employee is present in the workplace, the employer should ask him/her to return home immediately and must comply with increased barrier measures with regard to the people in his/her immediate environment
  • The employer must inform the Office of Occupational Medicine promptly by telephone on 97.98.46.46 (on weekdays) and/or by email at info-covid19@omt.mc giving the contact details of the person who has tested positive
  • The occupational physician will send the employer the required protocol for drawing up a list of contact persons at the employer's premises: the employer must inform the occupational physician promptly of the contact details of the persons who are potentially affected
  • The employer must ask the persons he identifies as high-risk contacts to return home and to comply with the increased barrier measures with regard to people in their immediate environment
  • The occupational physician will carry out an epidemiological investigation in association with the employer and, where appropriate, in conjunction with the Department of Health Affairs public health inspector, as concerns civil service departments, or the school doctor, for schools in the Principality
  • The occupational physician will prescribe PCR tests for the persons identified as contact cases and will send them the prescription by email with the appropriate health instructions. He or she can also issue a certificate of cessation of work to high-risk contact persons, if teleworking is not possible. The PCR test is carried out 5 to 7 days after the last contact with the employee who tested positive. The result is given to the prescribing occupational physician
  • The Department of Health Affairs organises the PCR tests
  • High-risk contact persons should remain at home while awaiting the result of their PCR test; low-risk persons can go to work with increased barrier measure
  • The National Screening Center, the occupational physician or the epidemiological investigation unit will inform the persons tested of the results of their PCRs:
    - If the PCR test is positive, the next step is taken by the general practitioner (cessation of work, treatment, etc.)
    - If the PCR test is negative, work can be resumed, with increased barrier measures for up to 14 days after the last contact with the person who tested positive

An employer may not ask to be informed of the test result, which is a matter of medical confidentiality, in order to accept the employee's return to work.  Nor is it permitted to have tests carried out to determine whether employees are COVID-19 positive (advice from the CCIN, May 2020).

Your employer cannot oblige you to have a test.

If you are asymptomatic or a non-contact case and wish to be tested, you must make an appointment with a private laboratory for a PCR test.

Inform your employer quickly of your positive test results, so he or she can contact the Office of Occupational Medicine (OMT) as soon as possible  in order to launch an epidemiological investigation of contact cases in the work environment.

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