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Employment & Immigration

08 April 2020
Sophie Arseneault Government further expands wage subsidy for employers

Canada - Fasken

The government recently announced that employers which experience a COVID-19-caused revenue loss of at least 30% will be eligible for a subsidy of up to 75% of each employee's wages. According to the oral announcement, the subsidy will, among other things, extend to charities, non-profit organisations and large and small businesses, apply to the first C$58,700 earned per employee and be retroactive to 15 March 2020.

Authors: Sophie Arseneault, Christine Côté, Guy W Giorno, Kevin H Yip
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Yvonne Frederiksen COVID-19: changes to rules on distribution of work

Denmark - Norrbom Vinding

As part of its COVID-19 measures, the government has adopted changes to the Executive Order on Payment of Unemployment Benefits to facilitate the implementation of distribution of work plans. Distribution of work plans can be implemented to allow employees to receive supplementary unemployment benefits during the period in which the plan is in force (up to 13 weeks).

Author: Yvonne Frederiksen
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Mattea Pullicino Work-life balance: breath of fresh air for employees, but could more be done?

Malta - Fenech & Fenech Advocates

One year has now passed since the European Parliament passed the EU Work-Life Balance Directive for parents and carers, but what did it really achieve? In Malta, this directive has been a breath of fresh air for employees, who are now able to better balance their work and family responsibilities. In turn, employers should benefit from more motivated and productive workers. However, the question remains: is the directive's impact on Malta significant or too small?

Author: Mattea Pullicino
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Mohamed Oulkhouir Government response to COVID-19's impact on employment

Morocco - CWA Maghreb

The Ministry of Labour and Professional Insertion and the Ministry of Industry, Investment, Trade and Digital Economy recently issued a joint communique regarding the impact of COVID-19 on employment relationships and labour law. This article examines the guidance and answers FAQs from employers and employees regarding how COVID-19 will affect them.

Author: Mohamed Oulkhouir
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Agnieszka Fedor National Labour Inspectorate announces 2020 inspection plan

Poland - Sołtysiński Kawecki & Szlęzak

The National Labour Inspectorate (NLI) has announced its inspection plan for 2020, which includes undertaking 72,000 inspections. The NLI's inspection priorities include limiting violations of working time regulations and reducing the level of fraud in the conclusion of civil law contracts with regard to conditions which are specific to employment relationships.

Authors: Agnieszka Fedor, Karolina Kanclerz
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Lucy Lewis Furloughing employees – FAQs for employers on COVID-19 job retention scheme

United Kingdom - Lewis Silkin

The government has updated its guidance on how furlough will work in practice under the new Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme. The guidance gives more clarity on salary sacrifice, which types of worker can be claimed for and which payments can be included. This article sets out the key points from the updated guidance and answers FAQs about the scheme.

Authors: Lucy Lewis, Richard Moore
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Recent updates

Paul Gonzi Special paid leave for mandatory quarantine in Malta in view of COVID-19 pandemic

Malta - Fenech & Fenech Advocates

Authors: Paul Gonzi, Mattea Pullicino
Elsebeth Aaes-Jørgensen Coronavirus – enhanced right to receive and be reimbursed for sickness benefits

Denmark - Norrbom Vinding

Author: Elsebeth Aaes-Jørgensen
Marc Rodrigue Workforce planning during COVID-19 pandemic: options for employers

Canada - Fasken

Author: Marc Rodrigue
Diane M Morgenthaler Up, up and away: increased penalties for employee benefit plans

USA - McDermott Will & Emery

Authors: Diane M Morgenthaler, Alan D Nesburg
Agnieszka Fedor Anti-crisis shield in response to COVID-19: review of proposed changes

Poland - Sołtysiński Kawecki & Szlęzak

Author: Agnieszka Fedor
Lucy Lewis IR35 reforms postponed due to coronavirus

United Kingdom - Lewis Silkin

Author: Lucy Lewis
Declan Groarke Temporary COVID-19 Wage Subsidy Scheme introduced

Ireland - Lewis Silkin

Author: Declan Groarke
Ella Boardman COVID-19 Weekly Report (23-30 March 2020)

International - International Law Office

Author: Ella Boardman

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