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Employment & Immigration

23 September 2020
Yvonne Frederiksen Sickness benefit period extended for employees at higher risk of COVID-19

Denmark - Norrbom Vinding

The government and parliamentary parties recently passed a bill to provide sickness benefits to employees who are at a higher risk of becoming seriously ill from COVID-19 or the relative of a person in the higher-risk group. The scheme originally applied to absences up to and including 31 August 2020, but the government and a majority in Parliament have now agreed to extend the scheme on the same terms up to and including 31 December 2020.

Author: Yvonne Frederiksen
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Hagen Köckeritz Home office and mobile working

Germany - Mayer Brown

In response to the health and safety risks resulting from a potential COVID-19 outbreak in the workplace, many employers moved to home office or mobile working arrangements earlier in 2020. For many companies, this has now proven to be a successful new way of working. This article describes the labour and employment law aspects of the implementation of home office and mobile working arrangements. It also includes a list of items that employers should consider when facilitating a remote work model.

Author: Hagen Köckeritz
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Amit Bechler Parliament passes amendment to Equal Pay Law for Male and Female Workers

Israel - Fischer Behar Chen Well Orion & Co

Parliament recently passed the Equal Pay Law for Male and Female Workers (Amendment 6) (5780-2020), which aims to prevent discrimination based on sex with respect to salary and other work-related benefits. The law is based on the presumption that female and male workers employed at the same workplace should receive equal pay for the same work or for substantially similar work and provides another tool to remedy the gender pay gap.

Author: Amit Bechler
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Ole Kristian Olsby Proposal to maintain increased unemployment benefit throughout 2020

Norway - Homble Olsby | Littler

In response to the COVID-19 pandemic, the government has implemented several measures to secure jobs, boost the labour market and maintain stability for the workforce, including increasing the unemployment benefit. This temporary amendment originally applied until 31 October 2020. However, the government is set to propose a budget resolution before Parliament to extend the increased unemployment benefit to 31 December 2020.

Author: Ole Kristian Olsby
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Shalina Crossley Face coverings and the workplace

United Kingdom - Lewis Silkin

What health and safety obligations do employers have towards employees and visitors with regard to face coverings in the workplace? How should they enforce wearing face coverings if people refuse? And how should they protect employees from abusive customers or visitors? This article discusses the current rules regarding face coverings at work and some of the practical issues that may arise for employers.

Authors: Shalina Crossley, David Lyons
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Andrew Osborne ICIBI calls for evidence on UKVI's commercial partners' performance

United Kingdom - Lewis Silkin

Employers and other stakeholders have until 1 October 2020 to provide the Independent Chief Inspector of Borders and Immigration (ICIBI) with views on how well the commercial partners of UK Visas and Immigration are performing, for applications made both in the United Kingdom and abroad. The ICIBI is seeking evidence from stakeholders on whether commercial partners are meeting the needs of UK visa applicants.

Authors: Andrew Osborne, Stephen O'Flaherty
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Todd A Solomon DOL creates path for 401(k) plans to offer private equity investment options

USA - McDermott Will & Emery

The US Department of Labour recently issued an information letter indicating that, in limited circumstances, it will allow defined contribution retirement plans (eg, 401(k) plans) to indirectly invest in private equity funds. Specifically, the information letter allows plans to offer their participants a professionally managed asset allocation fund with a private equity component as an investment option.

Authors: Todd A Solomon, Brian J Tiemann, Rick Stepanovic
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Recent updates

Luke Tapp Paid parental leave rights introduced

United Arab Emirates - Pinsent Masons

Author: Luke Tapp
Beril Yayla Sapan Termination prohibition, unilateral unpaid leave and short-time working allowance extended again

Turkey - Gün + Partners

Authors: Beril Yayla Sapan, Asena Aytuğ Keser, Melis Sılacı Korkmaz
Jakob Widner Supreme Court rules on compensation for illegal GPS tracking

Austria - Graf & Pitkowitz Rechtsanwalte GmbH

Author: Jakob Widner
Ole Kristian Olsby COVID-19: proposal to extend lay-off period to 52 weeks

Norway - Homble Olsby | Littler

Author: Ole Kristian Olsby
Lucy Lewis Positive action speaks louder than words – five principles for employers

United Kingdom - Lewis Silkin

Authors: Lucy Lewis, Gemma Taylor
Søren Terp Kristophersen Access to work emails: can a request to access data be too extensive?

Denmark - Norrbom Vinding

Author: Søren Terp Kristophersen
Audrey Whyte Increase in parental leave entitlements

Ireland - Lewis Silkin

Author: Audrey Whyte
Agnieszka Fedor Changes on the horizon regarding posting of employees and mobbing

Poland - Sołtysiński Kawecki & Szlęzak

Authors: Agnieszka Fedor, Aneta Brzózka