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Employment & Immigration

17 February 2021
Phillipe De Wulf New National Labour Council collective labour agreement sets framework for COVID-19 teleworking

Belgium - ALTIUS

Traditionally, Belgian labour law has distinguished between two forms of telework: structural and occasional telework. Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, a third category has been added: COVID-19 telework, which was previously recommended but has now been made compulsory again by the government. The National Labour Council has now concluded Collective Labour Agreement Number 149, which creates the legal framework for COVID-19 teleworking.

Authors: Phillipe De Wulf, Esther Soetens
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Declan Groarke Ireland's Immigrant Investor Programme – the allure of inward investment in return for residency

Ireland - Lewis Silkin

The Immigrant Investor Programme offers non-EEA nationals a route to residency in Ireland by offering four investment options to investors who satisfy certain criteria – namely, that they are of good character and have a minimum net worth of €2 million. This article discusses how the programme works, its benefits and how high-net-worth individuals can use it as a means of obtaining residency rights in Ireland.

Author: Declan Groarke
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Guy Castegnaro New convention on teleworking enters into force

Luxembourg - Castegnaro

A new grand ducal regulation recently entered into force, declaring the convention on the legal framework for teleworking a general obligation. This article highlights the main points introduced by the teleworking convention, including with regard to its scope, the definition of 'teleworking', employers' provision of teleworking equipment and the equal treatment of traditional workers and teleworkers.

Authors: Guy Castegnaro, Ariane Claverie
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Ole Kristian Olsby Supreme Court's ruling on workplace sexual harassment provides clarification

Norway - Homble Olsby | Littler

The Supreme Court recently pronounced a judgment in which a female employee was awarded damages for non-economic loss after being subjected to sexual harassment by customers. The verdict provides useful clarifications regarding the conditions, and especially the lower limit, for sexual harassment. For employers, the various aspects of the matter are a reminder of the importance of complying with their duty to actively prevent and seek to prevent sexual harassment in the workplace.

Authors: Ole Kristian Olsby, Nina Elisabeth Thjømøe
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Agnieszka Fedor Overview of changes in employment law in 2020

Poland - Sołtysiński Kawecki & Szlęzak

Without a doubt, the COVID-19 pandemic dominated 2020, affected the business world and forced employers to adapt to new conditions. The legislative work of 2020 focused mainly on counteracting the COVID-19 pandemic's impact by supporting employers and preserving jobs. This article presents a brief summary of the key changes that employers and employees had to face in the difficult year of 2020.

Authors: Agnieszka Fedor, Magdalena Krupska-Kacprzyk
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Andrew Osborne England introduces quarantine hotels and further post-arrival COVID-19 testing

United Kingdom - Lewis Silkin

From 15 February 2021, international arrivals to England must quarantine in a government-managed hotel if, within the 10 days before their arrival, they have been in or transited a country to which a travel ban applies. Additional post-arrival COVID-19 testing has been mandated from the same date. A raft of penalties will also apply for non-compliance.

Authors: Andrew Osborne, Kathryn Denyer
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Victoria Goode Posting employees from the United Kingdom to the European Union – social security arrangements

United Kingdom - Lewis Silkin

In a welcome move, the European Union has notified the United Kingdom that all EU countries will apply the 'detached worker' exception to UK employees who are temporarily seconded to work in the European Union. Similarly, the United Kingdom will apply the detached worker exception for EU employees who are temporarily seconded to work in the United Kingdom. This article reviews the latest position.

Authors: Victoria Goode, George Carey
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Recent updates

Catherine Hayes New code of practice on preventing workplace bullying

Ireland - Lewis Silkin

Author: Catherine Hayes
Esther Soetens Occupational doctors' enhanced role in combating COVID-19: contact tracing, quarantine certificates and testing

Belgium - ALTIUS

Authors: Esther Soetens, Annabel Coopman
Ole Kristian Olsby New stricter entry restrictions for foreign nationals: legal impact on working life

Norway - Homble Olsby | Littler

Authors: Ole Kristian Olsby, Nina Elisabeth Thjømøe
Guy Castegnaro New procedure for leave taken for family reasons

Luxembourg - Castegnaro

Authors: Guy Castegnaro, Ariane Claverie
Stanislav Rumyantsev Home sweet home – new remote working law adopted

Russia - Gorodissky & Partners

Authors: Stanislav Rumyantsev, Nikita Maltsev
Andrew Osborne COVID-19 requirements for travelling and entry to the United Kingdom

United Kingdom - Lewis Silkin

Authors: Andrew Osborne, Kathryn Denyer
Torben Mølgaard Hededal Amendment to Posting of Workers Act enters into force

Denmark - Norrbom Vinding

Author: Torben Mølgaard Hededal
Mattea Pullicino Compensation at Industrial Tribunal in 2020 and 2021

Malta - Fenech & Fenech Advocates

Author: Mattea Pullicino

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