There are “alarming signs that more and more people working in these sectors have been infected with covid-19 or have been placed in quarantine,” which could reduce the availability of essential services, the Chamber of Deputies said.
The measure raises the limit on working time to 12 hours per day and 60 hours per week. This applies to the health, aid and care sectors, including hospitals, medical laboratories and children’s shelters. Before making the change, organisations will have to ask the labour ministry to grant an exemption to the working hours ceiling. The measure will expire on 31 December 2020.