Employment & Immigration

23 June 2021

The end of mandatory telework?

A new ministerial decree which includes new provisions regarding telework was recently published in the Belgian State Gazette. For now, telework remains compulsory and employers remain obliged to register their non-teleworkable positions with the National Social Security Office and to provide workers whose presence at the workplace is needed with a certificate confirming this fact. However, from 9 June 2021, employers will have the option to organise weekly 'return moments' to the workplace.

Esther Soetens Authors: Esther Soetens | Annabel Coopman

Belgium | ALTIUS

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ECtHR ruling on use of boycott in labour conflict

The European Court of Human Rights (ECtHR) recently ruled in the 'Holship' case. Two unions had made a complaint against Norway because they believed that the Supreme Court had violated the freedom of association under the European Convention on Human Rights when it declared a notified boycott to be illegal. The ECtHR acquitted Norway but recognised that boycotts as a tool in labour conflicts may be protected and that restrictions on the right to boycott require a proper balancing of interests.

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

Norway | Homble Olsby | Littler

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COVID-19 included as compensable illness

The Employees' Compensation Commission has officially included COVID-19 in the List of Occupational and Work-Related Diseases. For COVID-19 to be compensable, it must be clinically diagnosed and consistent with the signs and symptoms of COVID-19, supported by diagnostic proof, including a reverse transcription polymerase chain reaction test. In addition, a number of other conditions must be met.

Alejandro Alfonso E Navarro Authors: Alejandro Alfonso E Navarro | Rashel Ann Pomoy | Gavriil S Sullano

Philippines | Villaraza & Angangco

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'Gender critical' beliefs are protected philosophical beliefs

The Employment Appeal Tribunal has ruled that 'gender critical' beliefs are protected philosophical beliefs for equality law purposes, while confirming that a belief in 'gender identity' is also a protected characteristic. This means that it is unlawful to discriminate against someone because they do or do not hold either of those beliefs.

Bethan Carney Author: Bethan Carney

United Kingdom | Lewis Silkin

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Home Office extends adjusted right to work checks

The Home Office has confirmed to the Immigration Law Practitioners' Association that adjusted right to work checks will remain in place until at least 31 August 2021. The confirmation also covers adjusted right to rent checks. The further extension follows the Prime Minister's announcement that Step 4 of the COVID-19 lockdown roadmap has been delayed.

Kathryn Denyer Author: Kathryn Denyer

United Kingdom | Lewis Silkin

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Recent updates

Return to work: remote work considerations

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

USA | McDermott Will & Emery

Changes to employment law in wake of COVID-19 pandemic

Francesco Pedroni Author: Francesco Pedroni

Italy | Stanchi Studio Legale

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

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

Norway | Homble Olsby | Littler

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

Carolyn Soakell Author: Carolyn Soakell

United Kingdom | Lewis Silkin

Ireland moves one step closer to introducing statutory sick pay

Síobhra Rush Authors: Síobhra Rush | Audrey Whyte

Ireland | Lewis Silkin

Bill to amend Persons with Disability (Employment) Act

Paul Gonzi Authors: Paul Gonzi | Mattea Pullicino

Malta | Fenech & Fenech Advocates

Update on temporary employment CLAs

Ronald Beltzer Author: Ronald Beltzer

Netherlands | Maes Law

Overtime and COVID-19

Diana Neagu Authors: Diana Neagu | Eduard Gurin

Moldova | Vernon|David