Employment & Immigration

16 June 2021

Ireland moves one step closer to introducing statutory sick pay

The government confirmed that it has approved the drafting of the General Scheme of the Sick Leave Bill 2021, which will make it mandatory for employers in Ireland to provide statutory sick pay (SSP) to employees. Employers should consider reviewing their policies and contracts to ensure that they reference and comply with the minimum statutory entitlements under the SSP scheme when it comes into force.

Síobhra Rush Authors: Síobhra Rush | Audrey Whyte

Ireland | Lewis Silkin

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Changes to employment law in wake of COVID-19 pandemic

On 22 May 2021 Support Decree 1 was converted into law and on 26 May 2021 Support Decree 2 came into force. This article provides a summary of the main provisions relating to employment, including with respect to the suspension of dismissals, re-employment contracts, the extension and renewal of fixed-term contracts, COVID-19 redundancy funds and the social contribution exemption for employers in the tourism, spa and commerce sectors.

Francesco Pedroni Author: Francesco Pedroni

Italy | Stanchi Studio Legale

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Bill to amend Persons with Disability (Employment) Act

A bill seeking to amend Chapter 210 of the Laws of Malta, the Persons with Disability (Employment) Act, has been tabled before the House of Representatives. The bill seeks to update the provisions of the act relating to the quotas for the employment of persons with a disability and address other consequential amendments thereto.

Paul Gonzi Authors: Paul Gonzi | Mattea Pullicino

Malta | Fenech & Fenech Advocates

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Supreme Court clarifies that provisions in terminated collective agreements can remain effective

In its judgment in the 'Grefsenhjemmet case', the Supreme Court clarified that provisions on salary increases for long service in a collective bargaining agreement must be regarded as wage terms incorporated into individual employment contracts, and that they do not lapse following the termination of the collective agreement. This decision was eagerly awaited; earlier proceedings in this case provoked heated debate among the employment bar.

Ole Kristian Olsby Authors: Ole Kristian Olsby | Nina Elisabeth Thjømøe

Norway | Homble Olsby | Littler

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ECJ confirms that Tesco employees can make equal pay comparison based on EU law

The European Court of Justice has confirmed that Tesco shop workers can rely on EU law to compare themselves with distribution centre workers for the purposes of an equal pay claim. This decision may make it easier for equal pay claimants to compare themselves with employees working in different jobs in different locations and means that claimants in the United Kingdom can rely on the EU single source test in all types of equal pay claim, so long as a single employer can rectify any pay inequality.

Carolyn Soakell Author: Carolyn Soakell

United Kingdom | Lewis Silkin

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Updated COVID-19 absences policy enables more people to qualify for EU Settlement Scheme

The Home Office has significantly expanded the policy to allow continuity of residence in the United Kingdom to be preserved in certain circumstances where an EU Settlement Scheme (EUSS) applicant has been absent from the United Kingdom due to the COVID-19 pandemic. The policy has been published in response to a successful legal challenge by the charity, Here for Good, and operates as a concession outside the Immigration Rules until such time as the EUSS Rules can be formally amended.

Andrew Osborne Authors: Andrew Osborne | Sam Koppel

United Kingdom | Lewis Silkin

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Return to work: remote work considerations

As COVID-19 vaccines continue to be rolled out, many employers that shifted to remote work environments at the onset of the pandemic still have employees working from home. While some employers intend to transition back to the regular workplace once the environment improves, many intend to maintain a remote workforce for the longer term. However, remote work arrangements create a number of employment and tax challenges. This article sets out key considerations for employers.

Joseph K Mulherin Authors: Joseph K Mulherin | Carole Spink | Kathleen M Quinn | Troy M Van Dongen

USA | McDermott Will & Emery

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Recent updates

COVID-19 vaccine – Q&A

Joseph K Mulherin Authors: Joseph K Mulherin | Carole Spink | Kathleen M Quinn | Troy M Van Dongen

USA | McDermott Will & Emery

Home and away: updated guidance on when working from home means working abroad

Colin Leckey Authors: Colin Leckey | Rosie Moore

United Kingdom | Lewis Silkin

Update on temporary employment CLAs

Ronald Beltzer Author: Ronald Beltzer

Netherlands | Maes Law

New ruling on termination and offer of new employment on new terms

Ole Kristian Olsby Authors: Ole Kristian Olsby | Nina Elisabeth Thjømøe

Norway | Homble Olsby | Littler

Overtime and COVID-19

Diana Neagu Authors: Diana Neagu | Eduard Gurin

Moldova | Vernon|David

COVID-19: Q&A on new labour measures to combat public health emergency

Patricia Barboza Authors: Patricia Barboza | Poliana César | Maíra Magalhães | Isadora Varella

Brazil | CGM Advogados

Termination ban and unilateral unpaid leave extended once again

Beril Yayla Sapan Authors: Beril Yayla Sapan | Asena Aytuğ Keser | Kardelen Özden

Turkey | Gün + Partners

Parliament introduces novel working arrangements to aid businesses during COVID-19 pandemic

Aleksandra Yevstafyeva Authors: Aleksandra Yevstafyeva | Olga Podobiedova

Ukraine | Egorov Puginsky Afanasiev & Partners