On 13 March 2020, the Bulgarian National Assembly declared a state of emergency in the country due to the coronavirus outbreak and recommended a number of measures to local employers to minimize the spread of the virus in the workplace.
Throughout the first week of the state of emergency, these measures appeared to be difficult to implement (e.g. some required the consent of the employees) and insufficient to reflect the downturn in workflow and organizational issues faced by most employers. Thus, after some vigorous discussions in the Parliament, on the 24 March 2020 a new law with specific COVID-19 measures was adopted prescribing, inter alia, extra powers to employers.
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