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Employment & Immigration

01 July 2020
Michael Paul Agius Abandonment of employment and maternity leave

Malta - Fenech & Fenech Advocates

The Court of Magistrates recently decided a case wherein an employer claimed that a former employee had abandoned work within six months of returning from statutory maternity leave and, as such, claimed back all of the wage payments that it had made to her during that time pursuant to Maltese law. The defendant rejected the claim, arguing that she had not willingly resigned or abandoned her employment.

Author: Michael Paul Agius
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Ole Kristian Olsby COVID-19: payroll support for bringing temporarily laid-off employees back to work

Norway - Homble Olsby | Littler

The government has proposed a temporary arrangement under which employers can apply for payroll support to bring their laid-off employees back to work. The grounds for the proposal are that the number of temporarily laid-off employees is still high (as of 2 June 2020, nearly 330,000 full or partially unemployed individuals were registered). The support scheme aims to reduce the number of laid-off individuals and counteract the risk that unemployment in Norway will stabilise at a high level.

Author: Ole Kristian Olsby
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Colin Leckey Home and away – when working from home means working abroad

United Kingdom - Lewis Silkin

COVID-19 is causing many employees to ask if they can work from home for an extended period overseas (eg, because it is their home nation or because their family is based there). Employers should consider a variety of issues – including the tax, social security, immigration and employment implications – before agreeing to an employee's request to work from home when home is not in the United Kingdom. This article discusses the issues and sets out practical steps that employers can take to minimise risks.

Authors: Colin Leckey, Rosie Moore
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Kathryn Denyer Windrush Day 2020 – lessons learned?

United Kingdom - Lewis Silkin

Windrush Day is a time to celebrate the substantial and ongoing contribution of the Windrush generation and their descendants, who helped to rebuild the United Kingdom after World War II and have influenced the United Kingdom's social, cultural and political landscape ever since. It is also a time to reflect on righting the wrongs of the Windrush scandal and focus on the fight against racism.

Author: Kathryn Denyer
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Maria C Rodriguez Preparing your responses: how to tackle opening-day obstacles

USA - McDermott Will & Emery

The COVID-19 pandemic has put unprecedented strain on organisations of all sizes across all industries. The uncertainty of the new normal is leading some employers to consider extreme, and often unnecessary, new policies in anticipation of the eventual return to work. This article focuses on preparedness for the opening-day obstacles that employers are likely to face as they bring their employees back to work.

Authors: Maria C Rodriguez, Jeremy White
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