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Employment & Immigration

21 October 2020
Phillipe De Wulf Last call to implement electronic voting or voting by letter for COVID-19-proof social elections

Belgium - ALTIUS

In principle, companies should have decided whether to vote electronically in the social elections as early as February 2020. However, companies that did not do so but, as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic, would like to do so now have been given the opportunity to introduce electronic voting. However, they must reach an agreement on this issue by Day X+56 (ie, between 13 October 2020 and 26 October 2020, depending on the new election date).

Authors: Phillipe De Wulf, Esther Soetens
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Cline Glidden Q&A: earning residency through business investment

Cayman Islands - Ogier

The Cayman Islands has two residency by business investment programmes: the Certificate of Direct Investment and the Residency Certificate (Substantial Business Presence). This Q&A provides insight into each programme, including whether applicants can eventually apply for a Cayman passport, how many applicants typically apply for residency and the associated costs.

Author: Cline Glidden
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Patricia Yeung More funding for Employment Support Scheme

Hong Kong - Howse Williams 何韋律師行

In response to the COVID-19 pandemic, the government introduced an HK$80 billion Employment Support Scheme to provide a wage subsidy to eligible employers for six months in exchange for them refraining from making any redundancies during the subsidy period and using the subsidy to pay employees' wages. The government recently announced the introduction of a third round of the anti-epidemic fund. The HK$24 billion package will assist specific industries and people who are most affected by the pandemic.

Author: Patricia Yeung
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Shalina Crossley What does the COVID-19 tier system mean for offices?

United Kingdom - Lewis Silkin

New regulations underpinning the three-tier lockdown system are now in force in England as part of the government's efforts to step up its response to the pandemic. This article considers whether the new regulations will demand a stricter approach to office work, as well as what may constitute a gathering, the rules for travelling to work in a different tier and how to approach client and internal work meetings.

Authors: Shalina Crossley, Colin Leckey, Gemma Taylor
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Andrew Osborne Global Talent visas for digital technology applicants: factsheet

United Kingdom - Lewis Silkin

The Global Talent visa route is designed for individuals who are recognised or emerging leaders in digital technology and wish to work in the United Kingdom. Successful applicants will be granted up to five years' leave in the United Kingdom and can apply to extend their visa as many times as they like. This article outlines the criteria for endorsement used to assess whether an applicant qualifies as either a recognised or an emerging leader.

Authors: Andrew Osborne, Naomi Hanrahan-Soar
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Recent updates

Eriko Ogata Amendments to Child Care and Family Care Leave Act

Japan - Nagashima Ohno & Tsunematsu

Author: Eriko Ogata
Patricia Yeung Personal data and privacy guidelines for employers and employees

Hong Kong - Howse Williams 何韋律師行

Author: Patricia Yeung
Dániel Gera COVID-19 travel restrictions are back

Hungary - Schoenherr

Authors: Dániel Gera, Alexandra Bognár
Lindsay Ditlow Considerations for remote and in-person workers as school year commences

USA - McDermott Will & Emery

Authors: Lindsay Ditlow, Pankit Doshi, Lauren Ziegler
César Navarro Q&A on new remote working regulations

Spain - CMS Albiñana & Suárez de Lezo

Authors: César Navarro, Elena Esparza, Carmen Bardi, María José Ramos
Niamh Crotty Proposed new rights to sick pay and parental leave pay

Ireland - Lewis Silkin

Author: Niamh Crotty
Rayan Houdrouge Paternity leave and its impact on companies

Switzerland - Lenz & Staehelin

Authors: Rayan Houdrouge, Adrien Renaud
Andrew Osborne MAC publishes report recommending expanded shortage occupation lists

United Kingdom - Lewis Silkin

Authors: Andrew Osborne, Joanna Hunt, Naomi Hanrahan-Soar, Stephen O'Flaherty