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Employment & Immigration

24 June 2020
Phillipe De Wulf No retroactive suspension of notice period due to COVID-19 temporary unemployment

Belgium - ALTIUS

Until now, there has been no suspension of the notice period served on employees who have been made temporarily unemployed under the specific 'COVID-19 regime'. As employers could dismiss employees 'cheaply', a draft bill to suspend the notice period in the event of COVID-19 temporary unemployment was submitted in Parliament. The Chamber of Representatives has now voted to introduce the law without retroactive effect. But what does this mean for employers?

Authors: Phillipe De Wulf, Esther Soetens
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Patricia Yeung Employers' guide to Employment Support Scheme

Hong Kong - Howse Williams 何韋律師行

To tackle the unemployment and loss of income caused by the COVID-19 pandemic, the government has introduced an HK$80 billion Employment Support Scheme (ESS) as part of the second round of anti-pandemic relief measures. The ESS aims to provide time-limited financial support in the form of wage subsidies to eligible employers to allow them to retain employees.

Author: Patricia Yeung
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Ole Kristian Olsby COVID-19: temporary changes for laid-off employees who belong to private pension schemes

Norway - Homble Olsby | Littler

In order to deal with the financial consequences of the COVID-19 outbreak, Parliament has adopted temporary amendments to the rules for temporarily laid-off employees who belong to private pension schemes. As such, employers may choose to allow laid-off employees to retain their membership with a pension scheme during the lay-off period. The individual employee must bear the cost of continuing insurance for the membership, while the business must continue to pay the administrative costs.

Author: Ole Kristian Olsby
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Andrew Osborne UK immigration beyond lockdown

United Kingdom - Lewis Silkin

UK visa processing is slowly starting to resume, but it is not yet business as usual. There are still many things that employers and applicants must monitor and potential pitfalls to avoid. The issues relating to processing remain complex and, as each country is moving out of lockdown at a different pace depending on their local restrictions, each application should be considered on a case-by-case basis.

Authors: Andrew Osborne, Priya Gandhi
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Lucy Lewis How to flexi-furlough – government reveals more details

United Kingdom - Lewis Silkin

The government has published updated guidance on the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme, setting out the pathway to its phasing out. The guidance provides details of the complex mechanism under which flexible furloughing (ie, part work and part furlough) will be allowed from 1 July 2020.

Author: Lucy Lewis
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Ellen M Bronchetti Preparing your workforce: how to avoid legal landmines when bringing employees back

USA - McDermott Will & Emery

The COVID-19 pandemic has put unprecedented strain on organisations of all sizes across all industries. The uncertainty of the new normal is leading some employers to consider extreme, and often unnecessary, new policies in anticipation of the eventual return to work. To properly navigate the complexities of these novel COVID-19 employment issues, employers need innovative but practical solutions.

Authors: Ellen M Bronchetti, Lindsay Ditlow
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Recent updates

Esther Soetens FAQs: Employment Ministry's and DPA's new positions on checking employees' temperatures

Belgium - ALTIUS

Author: Esther Soetens
Stephania C Sanon Preparing your workplace: how to navigate safety mandates and recommendations

USA - McDermott Will & Emery

Authors: Stephania C Sanon, Michelle Strowhiro
Ole Kristian Olsby COVID-19 FAQs: recalling workers who have been temporarily laid off

Norway - Homble Olsby | Littler

Author: Ole Kristian Olsby
Andrew Osborne New quarantine rules cause confusion for cross-border workers

United Kingdom - Lewis Silkin

Authors: Andrew Osborne, Kathryn Denyer
Rachel Richardson COVID-19: government financial support for employers

Guernsey - Ogier

Authors: Rachel Richardson, Mathew Newman, Charlotte Ward
Adekunle Obebe New visa policy introduced

Nigeria - Bloomfield Law

Author: Adekunle Obebe
Beril Yayla Sapan Getting back to work: how to prepare your workplace for the new normal post COVID-19

Turkey - Gün + Partners

Authors: Beril Yayla Sapan, Asena Aytuğ Keser
Pedro Cortés New minimum wage regime

Macau - Rato, Ling, Lei & Cortés Advogados

Authors: Pedro Cortés, Helena Nazaré Valente

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