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Employment & Immigration

25 November 2020
Maury Lobo How has COVID-19 affected employees and workplaces?

Brazil - CGM Advogados

Although the full impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on the job market is still unknown, it is possible to identify some of the main effects on employers, employees and workplaces. This article highlights government measures taken to date to help employers avoid terminations (eg, by suspending employment contracts or reducing working hours or salaries) and enable remote working and considers the pandemic's impact on workplaces and social security contributions.

Authors: Maury Lobo, Poliana César
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Rikke Falk Dambo Employees' duty to provide information on inventions

Denmark - Norrbom Vinding

If an employee makes an invention as part of an employment relationship and if the exploitation of the invention falls within their employer's field of work, the employee must inform their employer. The Maritime and Commercial Court recently found that an engineer had not duly informed his employer of an invention and had therefore failed to discharge his duty to provide information under the Act on Employee Inventions.

Author: Rikke Falk Dambo
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Rayan Houdrouge World's highest minimum wage: Geneva introduces Sfr23 per hour minimum wage

Switzerland - Lenz & Staehelin

A referendum recently approved the '23 frs, c'est un minimum' ('23 Swiss francs is a minimum') initiative, introducing a minimum wage of Sfr23 (approximately £19, $25 or €22) per hour in the canton of Geneva, which has applied since 1 November 2020. The Cantonal Office for Work Inspection and Labour Relations may issue penalties in the event of non-compliance with the new minimum wage, including administrative fines of up to Sfr30,000.

Authors: Rayan Houdrouge, Sonia Férial Allal
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Lee Nair Lockdowns and remote working – to what extent can employees be monitored?

United Kingdom - Lewis Silkin

With reports of businesses increasingly taking steps to monitor staff who are working remotely due to the COVID-19 pandemic, a key question that has emerged is whether employers can actively monitor those who are working remotely and, if so, how intrusive can that monitoring be? This article discusses the legal considerations and how employers can strike an appropriate and fair balance between work and home life.

Authors: Lee Nair, Sean Illing
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Andrew Osborne Immigration Rules confirmed for Hong Kong British National (Overseas) citizens

United Kingdom - Lewis Silkin

From 31 January 2021 two new immigration routes will be introduced for British National (Overseas) (BN(O)) citizens and their adult children who were born on or after 1 July 1997. These two routes are BN(O) status holder and BN(O) household member. The Home Office recently published the detailed Immigration Rules for these routes, which this article summarises.

Authors: Andrew Osborne, Naomi Hanrahan-Soar, Li Xiang, Parvin Iman
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Recent updates

Rachel DeSanges Expanded powers for Employment and Discrimination Tribunal

Guernsey - Ogier

Authors: Rachel DeSanges, Nathalie Le Cuirot, Robert Clacy
Rikke Falk Dambo Legislative programme for 2020/2021 parliamentary year: impact on employment law

Denmark - Norrbom Vinding

Author: Rikke Falk Dambo
Francesco Pedroni COVID-19: suspension of dismissals and extension of financial support and family leave

Italy - Stanchi Studio Legale

Author: Francesco Pedroni
Guy Castegnaro COVID-19: temporary exemption from maximum working hours

Luxembourg - Castegnaro

Authors: Guy Castegnaro, Ariane Claverie
Phillipe De Wulf Employers must provide employees present in workplace with document to certify this fact

Belgium - ALTIUS

Authors: Phillipe De Wulf, Esther Soetens
Andrew Osborne Q&A on new immigration system

United Kingdom - Lewis Silkin

Authors: Andrew Osborne, Joanna Hunt, Naomi Hanrahan-Soar, Stephen O'Flaherty
Miriam Bruce €35.3 million fine issued under GDPR for employee monitoring and IT security failings

Germany - Mayer Brown

Authors: Miriam Bruce, Francesca Ingham, Vanessa Klesy, Ana Hadnes Bruder
Luke Tapp Private sector equal pay law now in force

United Arab Emirates - Pinsent Masons

Authors: Luke Tapp, Ruth Stephen, Michael Chattle