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Employment & Immigration

30 September 2020
Emma Van Caenegem COVID-19: new record-keeping obligation and compliance check relating to foreign workers and self-employed individuals

Belgium - ALTIUS

As part of some new measures that aim to reduce the spread of COVID-19, the government has imposed a new record-keeping obligation on certain employers and users which temporarily rely on foreign employees or self-employed individuals. In-scope employers and users must also verify whether the foreign employees and self-employed individuals have duly completed the passenger locator form.

Author: Emma Van Caenegem
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Elena Christodoulou Expatriate relief of 20% for lower employment income earners to be extended

Cyprus - Elias Neocleous & Co LLC

There are numerous advantages available to expatriates who take up employment in Cyprus. For each tax year, a 50% deduction is available to those who earn employment income of more than €100,000 annually or a 20% deduction for those earning below €100,000. Applications for the 20% deduction were meant to close at the end of 2020, but a draft bill suggesting its prolongation for an additional five years has been put before Parliament.

Author: Elena Christodoulou
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Yvonne Frederiksen COVID-19: tripartite agreement on new work distribution scheme

Denmark - Norrbom Vinding

The government and the social partners recently agreed to establish a new temporary work distribution scheme in order to prevent dismissals. Based on the tripartite agreement, a new work distribution scheme will be established by statute and all employers will be able to use this scheme. Employers may still apply the existing work distribution rules but not concurrently with the new rules.

Author: Yvonne Frederiksen
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Pauline Moritz COVID-19 vaccination: who bears cost and is it mandatory to be vaccinated?

Germany - Mayer Brown

A COVID-19 vaccine will hopefully soon be available. The German labour law requirements regarding a vaccination for employees and a possible obligation to vaccinate are already largely clear. There is currently no obligation for employees to be vaccinated against COVID-19. Nevertheless, employers can recommend vaccination to their staff and make it more appealing by offering vaccination premiums or vaccinations free of charge (eg, through the company medical service).

Author: Pauline Moritz
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Francesco Pedroni Temporary rules for redundancy

Italy - Stanchi Studio Legale

Due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, the government has extended the ban on individual and collective redundancies due to organisational or economic reasons until the end of 2020 (Law Decree 104/2020). However, terminations can proceed in certain situations.

Author: Francesco Pedroni
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Guy Castegnaro COVID-19: bill establishing a single bonus for promoting apprenticeships

Luxembourg - Castegnaro

Bill 7661, which introduces a single bonus for promoting apprenticeships in the field of professional training, was recently submitted to the Chamber of Deputies. The bill aims to support training institutions to maintain apprenticeship contracts, persuade training institutions to offer more apprenticeships and encourage the resumption of apprenticeship contracts that were terminated due to the COVID-19 health crisis.

Authors: Guy Castegnaro, Ariane Claverie
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Luke Tapp DIFC Data Protection Law – actions for employers

United Arab Emirates - Pinsent Masons

When the Dubai International Financial Centre (DIFC) Data Protection Law came into force, it gave organisations a three-month grace period until 1 October 2020 to ensure compliance with the new provisions. The new Data Protection Law makes significant changes to the DIFC's existing data privacy regime, introducing changes to the duties and obligations of employers – in their capacities as data controllers – to their employees when processing their personal data.

Authors: Luke Tapp, Marie Chowdhry, Ruth Stephen
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Andrew Osborne New Immigration Rules for students give employers insight into what's to come for workers

United Kingdom - Lewis Silkin

The Home Office recently published new Immigration Rules for students. The rules provide the first glimpse of the new points-based immigration system and highlight what some of its implications will be, not only for students, but also for employers and workers. While the new rules for work routes will not be published until later in Autumn 2020, the new rules for students provide some significant pointers on the Home Office's general thinking and flag some areas in which further policy clarifications will be needed.

Authors: Andrew Osborne, Kathryn Denyer
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Lucy Lewis New Job Support Scheme to replace furlough scheme announced

United Kingdom - Lewis Silkin

Chancellor of the Exchequer Rishi Sunak has announced a new Job Support Scheme to replace the furlough scheme. It will start on 1 November 2020 and run for six months. This article sums up the key features of the scheme and looks at the important questions from an employment law perspective.

Authors: Lucy Lewis, Colin Leckey
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Marjorie Clara Soto California COVID-19 Supplemental Paid Sick Leave Act effective immediately

USA - McDermott Will & Emery

Employers with more than 500 employees nationally, and employers of healthcare providers and emergency responders previously exempted from the Families First Coronavirus Response Act requirements, must provide Californian employees with two weeks' supplemental paid sick leave for specified COVID-19 reasons. In addition to providing paid leave, the law requires employers to comply with urgent notice and posting requirements that are administratively burdensome.

Author: Marjorie Clara Soto
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Recent updates

Shalina Crossley Face coverings and the workplace

United Kingdom - Lewis Silkin

Authors: Shalina Crossley, David Lyons
Hagen Köckeritz Home office and mobile working

Germany - Mayer Brown

Author: Hagen Köckeritz
Amit Bechler Parliament passes amendment to Equal Pay Law for Male and Female Workers

Israel - Fischer Behar Chen Well Orion & Co

Author: Amit Bechler
Ole Kristian Olsby Proposal to maintain increased unemployment benefit throughout 2020

Norway - Homble Olsby | Littler

Author: Ole Kristian Olsby
Todd A Solomon DOL creates path for 401(k) plans to offer private equity investment options

USA - McDermott Will & Emery

Authors: Todd A Solomon, Brian J Tiemann, Rick Stepanovic
Yvonne Frederiksen Sickness benefit period extended for employees at higher risk of COVID-19

Denmark - Norrbom Vinding

Author: Yvonne Frederiksen
Luke Tapp Paid parental leave rights introduced

United Arab Emirates - Pinsent Masons

Author: Luke Tapp
Beril Yayla Sapan Termination prohibition, unilateral unpaid leave and short-time working allowance extended again

Turkey - Gün + Partners

Authors: Beril Yayla Sapan, Asena Aytuğ Keser, Melis Sılacı Korkmaz