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Employment & Immigration

27 May 2020
Søren Skjerbek COVID-19: political agreements on expansion and extension of economic stimulus packages and new measures

Denmark - Norrbom Vinding

The government and Parliament recently made a series of political agreements to expand and extend the current economic stimulus packages regarding COVID-19, including the compensation schemes regarding wages and fixed costs, and to implement various new measures. This article outlines the impact of these agreements on employers and employees during the COVID-19 crisis.

Author: Søren Skjerbek
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Hagen Köckeritz COVID-19: works council consultation, quarantine and social distancing

Germany - Mayer Brown

The COVID-19 crisis poses many challenges for employers and employees alike. It also raises new questions about the cooperation process between employers and works councils and the latter's co-determination. Employers are wondering how best to consult works councils when regular operations are suspended. After all, business needs to continue, which can also mean that personnel measures and other changes need to be carried out – all of which are subject to works council consultation.

Authors: Hagen Köckeritz, Svenja Fries
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Annamaria Pedroni COVID-19: workplace health and safety

Italy - Stanchi Studio Legale

As Italy is dealing with the COVID-19 pandemic, the national institutions responsible for occupational safety (mainly the National Institute for Insurance against Accidents at Work and the Labour Inspectorate) have issued rules concerning health and safety in the workplace. Italian companies which have been authorised to reopen must enforce a strict set of regulations in order to safeguard the health and safety of their employees and anyone who enters their workplace during this transitional Phase 2 period.

Authors: Annamaria Pedroni, Matteo Schiavone
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Eriko Ogata Impact of COVID-19 pandemic on employment

Japan - Nagashima Ohno & Tsunematsu

In April 2020 the government declared a state of emergency due to the COVID-19 pandemic. In response, prefectural governors have requested certain industries to suspend their business operations. This article provides information for employers on how to handle employment matters during the COVID-19 crisis, including employment adjustment subsidies, salary reductions and dismissals.

Author: Eriko Ogata
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Guy Castegnaro COVID-19: new support for self-employed workers

Luxembourg - Castegnaro

A new Grand Ducal Regulation has introduced a certified emergency allowance for self-employed workers during the COVID-19 pandemic. The new allowance is available for merchants, artisans and intellectual workers who work as self-employed persons, including insurance agents and brokers, and may be granted regardless of the number of employees.

Authors: Guy Castegnaro, Ariane Claverie
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Jeremiah Ch’ng COVID-19: legal position of migrant workers in Malaysian construction sector

Malaysia - SKRINE

This article sets out the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on the legal position of migrant workers in Malaysia, particularly in the construction sector, including the risk of deportation of undocumented workers and the current local stigma. This article covers possible restrictions, procedures and challenges faced by documented migrant workers, documented migrant workers with a permit or pass that expired during the Movement Control Order period and undocumented migrant workers in Malaysia.

Author: Jeremiah Ch’ng
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Agnieszka Fedor COVID-19: anti-crisis shield updates

Poland - Sołtysiński Kawecki & Szlęzak

In response to the COVID-19 pandemic, the government introduced a package of measures – the so-called 'anti-crisis shield'. This article summarises the employment-related measures offered under the different versions of the anti-crisis shield relief packages covering topics such as exemptions from social security contributions, downtime relief payment and reduced working time.

Author: Agnieszka Fedor
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Charlotte Holden COVID-19: DIFC emergency employment law introduced

United Arab Emirates - Pinsent Masons

Employers have been given scope to restructure contracts with their employees to adapt to the challenges posed by the COVID-19 pandemic under a temporary new emergency law introduced in the Dubai International Financial Centre. Under the new legislation, employers can unilaterally decide to reduce employee working hours and remuneration on a temporary basis and make further changes to work practices and employee benefits.

Authors: Charlotte Holden, Luke Tapp, Ruth Stephen
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Andrew Osborne MAC launches six-week call for evidence on shortage occupations

United Kingdom - Lewis Silkin

Employers have until 24 June 2020 to provide their views to the Migration Advisory Committee (MAC) on what occupations should be on the shortage occupation lists for UK sponsored skilled migration from 1 January 2021. Employers can complete an online form outlining details of what occupations they have difficulty recruiting for and why. In light of the COVID-19 outbreak, the MAC would also like to hear from employers that are unable to respond before the deadline, but can provide details for future research.

Authors: Andrew Osborne, Joanna Hunt
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Shalina Crossley COVID-19: does employers' duty of care extend to commuting to work?

United Kingdom - Lewis Silkin

Following the government's publication of its post-COVID-19 recovery strategy, employers are beginning to consider how they may safely reopen their workplace for those who cannot work from home. Employers have statutory duties to provide a safe workplace, but what of risks faced by employees during their commute to work? For many employees, the key concern is not what happens in the workplace, but rather the risks of using public transport to get there.

Authors: Shalina Crossley, Lucy Lewis
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Diane M Morgenthaler COVID-19 ate my homework – recent extensions and relief for retirement plans

USA - McDermott Will & Emery

In recognition of the difficulties faced by retirement plan sponsors, participants and beneficiaries due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the Department of Labour, in conjunction with the Internal Revenue Service and the Department of the Treasury, recently issued guidance extending a number of retirement plan deadlines, including deadlines for many participant notices and benefit plan claims.

Authors: Diane M Morgenthaler, Allison Wilkerson
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Recent updates

Ella Boardman COVID-19 Weekly Report (18-24 May 2020)

International - International Law Office

Author: Ella Boardman
Dániel Gera Legal implications of remote working – opportunity or threat?

Hungary - Schoenherr

Author: Dániel Gera
Anita Krizmanić Measures introduced to preserve employment during COVID-19 pandemic

Croatia - Macesic & Partners

Authors: Anita Krizmanić, Ivana Manovelo
Beril Yayla Sapan Compensatory working under COVID-19 measures

Turkey - Gün + Partners

Authors: Beril Yayla Sapan, Asena Aytuğ Keser
Astrid Caporali Night work in e-commerce companies in 2020: nothing new under the sun?

Belgium - ALTIUS

Author: Astrid Caporali
Andrew Osborne Pandemic right to work checks procedures

United Kingdom - Lewis Silkin

Authors: Andrew Osborne, Naomi Hanrahan-Soar
Lindsay Ditlow COVID-19: FAQs on practical considerations linked to working from home and privacy

USA - McDermott Will & Emery

Authors: Lindsay Ditlow, Carole Spink
Patricia Barboza Is COVID-19 a labour-related disease?

Brazil - CGM Advogados

Authors: Patricia Barboza, Poliana César