Coronavirus: legal issues and how to reach beck rechtsanwälte
> Update: 30 April 2020

The worldwide spread of the coronavirus (SARS-CoV-2) has been declared a pandemic by the WHO, and the number of cases of infection is also continuing to rise sharply in Germany. In addition to considerable social effects and actual problems - not least due to the nationwide closure of schools and day care centres - many legal issues also arise.

Many companies fear considerable losses in turnover and a decline in new orders, which could result, for example, from a lack of goods and supplier products, the closing of borders in an international context, and official decrees relating to events and closure of firms.

On our own account:
We are organising ourselves in such a way that beck rechtsanwälte’s office is maintained in any event. We guaranty our lawyers availability and have taken measures to ensure that we are able to continue working "from outside" without any restrictions. Therefore, we are available for you as usual.

UPDATE 30 April 2020:
Furthermore, we offer flexible audio and video conferences and further features (such as online whiteboards, screen sharing and chat) for dynamic and digital collaboration by using our new video conferencing system beck meeting.

Your contact persons:
We have already received a number of queries on law issues regarding labour, contract and data protection. Answering these questions is not central to the pandemic. However, knowledge of your rights and obligations can make it easier to manage the crisis and avoid or at least limit imminent damage.

Labour law issues revolve around the employer's duty of care, sickness/non-attendance/absence of work, short-time work, payment of wages (not only in case of illness, but also in case of ordered or voluntary quarantine and official company closures), business trips abroad, home office and childcare. Your contact person with beck rechtsanwälte is Rechtsanwalt Thomas Uebach.

Contract law issues, both in a national and international context, often concern questions of whether the situation and resulting problems are to be considered as "force majeure" and how to deal with contractual non-performance, delay, delivery bottlenecks, contractual penalties and guarantees in such cases. Rechtsanwalt Michael Haas is available for your questions on this topic. Rechtsanwältin Marja Schokolowsky will answer your questions in special questions on building and architectual law.

From a data protection point of view, processing of sensitive health data of employees, as well as their stays abroad (risk areas), and their contacts with people who are already ill, often are issues. Private contact data collected for contingency planning and communication about specific team re-lated or individual measures, and transmission of sensitive data to authorities can also be decisive. Rechtsanwalt Hendrik Sievers will be happy to support you on your way through the jungle of paragraphs.

We wish you and all of us that we come to grips with the crisis and that we all are keeping a cool head even if the situation might become more acute. Stay healthy!
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