Employment & Immigration updates

Ireland

Contributed by Lewis Silkin
Making Remote Work – the government's National Remote Work Strategy
  • Ireland
  • 27 January 2021

The government has launched the 'Making Remote Work' National Remote Work Strategy, which aims to ensure that remote working "is a permanent feature in the Irish workplace that maximises economic, social and environmental benefits". Under the strategy, the government promises to, among other things, mandate that remote work be the norm for 20% of public sector employees and develop a code of practice for the right to disconnect.


Malta

Contributed by Fenech & Fenech Advocates
Recent amendments to employment law
  • Malta
  • 27 January 2021

This article highlights recent amendments to employment law, including with regard to increases to the cost of living, amendments to the minimum wage, confirmation of public holidays and vacation leave in 2021 and clarification of the Industrial Tribunal's jurisdiction, particularly with respect to fixed-term contracts.


Norway

Contributed by Homble Olsby | Littler
Remote working: topics and issues to consider when introducing a more permanent scheme
  • Norway
  • 27 January 2021

Remote working has become increasingly common as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic and many companies are considering introducing more permanent arrangements beyond the pandemic. Although remote working has clear benefits for many, it also has negative aspects and practical and legal challenges. This article highlights various topics and issues that employers should consider when introducing a more permanent scheme for working from home.


Turkey

Contributed by Gün + Partners
Termination ban, unilateral unpaid leave and short-time working allowance extended again
  • Turkey
  • 27 January 2021

Pursuant to three presidential decrees recently published in the Official Gazette, the termination ban and unilateral unpaid leave, which were due to expire by 17 January 2021, have been extended until 17 March 2021. Further, the short-time working allowance granted to workplaces which had applied until 31 December 2020 has been extended until 28 February 2021. Similarly, the application deadline for the short-time working allowance has been extended until 31 January 2021.


United Arab Emirates

Contributed by Pinsent Masons
Hello 2021, goodbye COVID-19? Navigating employment risks in a post-2020 world
  • United Arab Emirates
  • 27 January 2021

Many businesses appear to be more optimistic about the economic opportunities ahead in 2021. However, with news of a more virulent COVID-19 strain spreading internationally and a continuing impact on business travel, client meetings and office attendance, companies and HR managers must continue to be proactive, mindful and practical in relation to their workforce management. This article discusses five key areas of concern for businesses and the associated practical considerations.