Subject: Managing Your Workforce: COVID-19 Egypt Employment Update

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Managing Your Workforce
COVID-19 Egypt Employment Update
Sharkawy & Sarhan Newsletter 
Issue 115, 10 August 2020
COVID-19 is a public health emergency. Business continuity and contingency planning have to date been centered around the IT sector but now COVID-19 attacks our most important resource, our people. This time, the key concern is health & safety and how to continue to operate whilst protecting our employees and, critically, avoid and/or minimize redundancies and dismissals.

Business owners and executives around the world have faced many challenges to sustain the stability and the continuity of their operations during the turbulences caused by COVID-19. The two main challenges have been centered around (i) crisis management in finding the balance between employee retention and cutting costs whilst establishing a sustainable work-from-home policy that protects the rights of the employer and the employee alike and (ii) risk management in planning a return to the workplace in a safe way.

Having struggled through the first challenge and as more businesses in Egypt are reopening, employers must plan how a return to the workplace can be achieved in a way that protects their employees and safeguards their health and safety.

Lamiaa Youssef - Partner

Lamiaa has over fifteen years of experience in various roles in the legal industry. Her practice spans practicing corporate law, employment law, M&As, oil & gas, dispute settlement, NGOs, knowledge management and legal automation. She currently leads our Employment Law team. Lamiaa advises, on a habitual basis, on a wide variety of employment law issues, including, among other things, (i) drafting employment contract for employees and for senior management; (ii) terminating employment, including as a result of restructurings and redundancies; (iii) advising on and preparing internal regulations and compliance checklists for various companies; (iv) health and safety regulation; and analysis of unregulated and digital issues, such as e-signature and data privacy in the HR context.

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