The COVID-19 crisis has definitely changed employment relations in a number of ways, and we believe that some of these changes will become permanent in time. The pandemic has proven, for example, that teleworking actually is effective, and that it implies a number of benefits for the parties. Concerning employees, a greater flexibility and better work-life balance; for the employer, a decrease in fixed costs and also more flexibility. Of course, this new reality needs now to be further regulated in order to avoid abuse by any of the parties, but we definitely see a new panorama of employment relations ahead of us.
On the other side, the virus has substantially altered the country’s economy and year 2020 may unfortunately be the start of a long-term financial crisis that will probably affect a high percentage of work loss and a change of working conditions, in order to adapt to the new reality.