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Employment & Immigration

03 June 2020
Hagen Köckeritz COVID-19: back to business after lockdown guidance for employers

Germany - Mayer Brown

After several weeks of quasi-lockdown in Germany and immense public pressure to lift limitations imposed by the COVID-19 pandemic, an increasing number of companies are starting to resume their activities. For some, this means increasing the number of employees who can come in and work from a company office, rather than from their homes. For others, it means a complete restart of operations. In these situations, employers are faced with myriad legal requirements with which they must comply.

Authors: Hagen Köckeritz, Hasine Azim
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Ziad Obeid Employer-employee relationships amid COVID-19 pandemic

Lebanon - Obeid Law Firm

The government has adopted exceptional measures to manage the spread of COVID-19. These measures have had an unprecedented impact on employers and employees, which have been adjusting to the rapidly changing situation triggered by the pandemic and the national economic crisis. Faced with the intensifying economic impact of both crises, business owners have been forced to introduce adequate changes to the way in which they work.

Authors: Ziad Obeid, Nadine Abi Azar
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César Navarro Extraordinary employment-related measures in fight against COVID-19: regulatory update

Spain - CMS Albiñana & Suárez de Lezo

The government has adopted several extraordinary employment-related measures in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. Moreover, since a state of emergency was declared, Spain's employment authorities have published countless guidelines and instructions relating to the practical application of such measures. This article summarises the key employment-related measures adopted since the state of emergency declaration.

Authors: César Navarro, María José Ramos, Alejandro Gil
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Karen Baxter Sickness and sick pay – FAQs for employers as COVID-19 lockdown restrictions ease

United Kingdom - Lewis Silkin

The government has set out its roadmap for gradually easing the COVID-19 lockdown restrictions, but as employees begin to return to work, there will continue to be many individuals who are unwell or required to self-isolate. This article answers some of the most frequently asked questions about sickness absence and sick pay during the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, including the rules on statutory sick pay and the position of people who are self-isolating, shielding or otherwise vulnerable.

Authors: Karen Baxter, Bethan Carney
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Kathryn Denyer Government's immigration stance on frontline workers proves controversial

United Kingdom - Lewis Silkin

The Home Office recently published an expanded list of COVID-19 frontline workers' occupations entitling them and their family members to a free and automatic one-year extension of leave. The expanded list includes biochemists, midwives and paramedics. Controversially, other frontline health and social care workers – in particular, care workers and home carers – have been excluded from the extension arrangements.

Author: Kathryn Denyer
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Brian S Cousin COVID-19: guide for US businesses

USA - McDermott Will & Emery

With the COVID-19 pandemic continuing to affect every facet of life, businesses have much to consider. This article covers the provisions available to employers in the United States and the key questions that they are asking, including topics such as the Families First Coronavirus Response Act, furlough, access to the workplace, reductions in hours and employers' obligations concerning employees who are experiencing symptoms.

Author: Brian S Cousin
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Recent updates

Ella Boardman COVID-19 Weekly Report (25-31 May 2020)

International - International Law Office

Author: Ella Boardman
Diane M Morgenthaler COVID-19 ate my homework – recent extensions and relief for retirement plans

USA - McDermott Will & Emery

Authors: Diane M Morgenthaler, Allison Wilkerson
Søren Skjerbek COVID-19: political agreements on expansion and extension of economic stimulus packages and new measures

Denmark - Norrbom Vinding

Author: Søren Skjerbek
Agnieszka Fedor COVID-19: anti-crisis shield updates

Poland - Sołtysiński Kawecki & Szlęzak

Author: Agnieszka Fedor
Guy Castegnaro COVID-19: new support for self-employed workers

Luxembourg - Castegnaro

Authors: Guy Castegnaro, Ariane Claverie
Hagen Köckeritz COVID-19: works council consultation, quarantine and social distancing

Germany - Mayer Brown

Authors: Hagen Köckeritz, Svenja Fries
Eriko Ogata Impact of COVID-19 pandemic on employment

Japan - Nagashima Ohno & Tsunematsu

Author: Eriko Ogata
Jeremiah Ch’ng COVID-19: legal position of migrant workers in Malaysian construction sector

Malaysia - SKRINE

Author: Jeremiah Ch’ng