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Employment & Immigration

08 July 2020
Phillipe De Wulf Reopening your workplace after lockdown: 10 key questions

Belgium - ALTIUS

With the exit from lockdown in full swing, many companies are recalling their staff to the workplace. This article answers 10 FAQs that employers, business managers and HR specialists must consider during their employees' return to work, including what are employers' health and safety obligations, must employers consult staff or employee representatives on their health and safety measures and do fines or penalties for non-compliance exist?

Authors: Phillipe De Wulf, Esther Soetens
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Patricia Barboza Guidelines on preventing COVID-19 in the workplace

Brazil - CGM Advogados

The Ministry of the Economy and the Ministry of Health recently published Joint Ordinance Number 20, which provides the measures that employers must observe in order to prevent, control and mitigate the risk of COVID-19 transmission in their workplaces. This article highlights what employers need to know about the joint ordinance.

Authors: Patricia Barboza, Poliana César, Jael Bonilla
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Elsebeth Aaes-Jørgensen Anti-discrimination Act disputes: full and final settlements

Denmark - Norrbom Vinding

The Western High Court recently ruled that an employee who had entered into a severance agreement – and was represented by her professional organisation during this process – was barred from claiming compensation under the Anti-discrimination Act. Pursuant to this ruling, employers should bear in mind that when a severance agreement contains a provision in full and final settlement of any possible claims between the employee and employer, the provision must be interpreted according to its wording.

Author: Elsebeth Aaes-Jørgensen
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Jonathan Hughes COVID-19: government financial support for employers

Jersey - Ogier

This article outlines the financial support available to employers in Jersey that have been adversely affected by measures introduced to manage the spread of COVID-19. Such support includes the payroll co-funding scheme and the deferral of social security contributions.

Authors: Jonathan Hughes, Helen Ruelle, Bruce MacNeil, Will Austin-Vautier
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Carolyn Soakell Financial support for self-employed extended in line with employee furlough scheme

United Kingdom - Lewis Silkin

The government's Coronavirus Self-Employment Income Support Scheme has been extended to provide a second three-month grant for self-employed individuals affected by COVID-19 after 13 July 2020. The value of the second self-employed grants has been reduced to 70% of trading profit for three months. The government has made it clear that financial support cannot continue indefinitely, and that this will be the final grant instalment under the self-employed scheme.

Authors: Carolyn Soakell, Shalina Crossley
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Kathryn Weaver British National (Overseas) visa scheme and Hong Kong to United Kingdom migration

United Kingdom - Lewis Silkin

The government recently announced its commitment to establishing a new visa scheme for all British National (Overseas) persons and their dependants. The visa will provide a readily available opportunity for millions of Hong Kong residents to move to the United Kingdom more easily and honours the United Kingdom's historic commitment to Hong Kong.

Authors: Kathryn Weaver, Naomi Hanrahan-Soar
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Christopher A Braham Preparing for the unknown: how to anticipate and address future workplace problems

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 strategies for employers to anticipate and address future workplace problems which may arise once employees return to work.

Authors: Christopher A Braham, Yesenia M Gallegos, Joseph K Mulherin
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Michael Paul Agius Abandonment of employment and maternity leave

Malta - Fenech & Fenech Advocates

Author: Michael Paul Agius
Maria C Rodriguez Preparing your responses: how to tackle opening-day obstacles

USA - McDermott Will & Emery

Authors: Maria C Rodriguez, Jeremy White
Ole Kristian Olsby COVID-19: payroll support for bringing temporarily laid-off employees back to work

Norway - Homble Olsby | Littler

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

United Kingdom - Lewis Silkin

Authors: Colin Leckey, Rosie Moore
Patricia Yeung Employers' guide to Employment Support Scheme

Hong Kong - Howse Williams 何韋律師行

Author: Patricia Yeung
Phillipe De Wulf No retroactive suspension of notice period due to COVID-19 temporary unemployment

Belgium - ALTIUS

Authors: Phillipe De Wulf, Esther Soetens
Rachel Richardson COVID-19: government financial support for employers

Guernsey - Ogier

Authors: Rachel Richardson, Mathew Newman, Charlotte Ward
Pedro Cortés New minimum wage regime

Macau - Rato, Ling, Lei & Cortés Advogados

Authors: Pedro Cortés, Helena Nazaré Valente