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Employment & Immigration

28 October 2020
Phillipe De Wulf New teleworking rules to limit further spread of COVID-19

Belgium - ALTIUS

The government recently reinforced the urgent measures to limit the further spread of COVID-19. Teleworking is no longer highly recommended, but has become the standard for all employees whose roles allow for telework. Yet, the new rule is less far-reaching than that in place during the first lockdown, as an exception now applies when the continuity of business operations, activities and services does not allow for teleworking.

Authors: Phillipe De Wulf, Esther Soetens
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Yvonne Frederiksen COVID-19 – extended sickness benefits for employees at special risk

Denmark - Norrbom Vinding

In May 2020 a bill was passed to provide sickness benefits to employees who are at a higher risk of becoming seriously ill from COVID-19 or the relative of a person who is at a higher risk. The temporary scheme ran until 31 August 2020. Parliament has now passed a new bill which, among other things, extends this scheme until 31 December 2020.

Author: Yvonne Frederiksen
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Patricia Yeung Amendment to anti-discrimination ordinances

Hong Kong - Howse Williams 何韋律師行

In June 2020 the Discrimination Legislation (Miscellaneous Amendments) Ordinance 2020 came into effect. The enhanced protections commenced with immediate effect, save for those relating to breastfeeding, which are expected to come into force on 19 June 2021. As a result, the existing anti-discrimination ordinances have been or will be amended to extend protection against discrimination on the ground of breastfeeding and strengthen protection against unlawful discrimination and harassment.

Author: Patricia Yeung
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Lucy Lewis Changes to Job Support Scheme – an open and shut case?

United Kingdom - Lewis Silkin

Chancellor of the Exchequer Rishi Sunak has significantly expanded the Job Support Scheme after objections from businesses, particularly those in Tier 2 areas, that they are facing massively reduced demand but less support from the government than Tier 3 businesses legally forced to close. The changes could have a significant impact – but employers have little time to take the steps needed to take advantage of the scheme before it takes effect on 1 November 2020.

Authors: Lucy Lewis, Colin Leckey
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Andrew Osborne Home Office publishes Immigration Rules for new immigration system

United Kingdom - Lewis Silkin

The Statement of Changes in Immigration Rules HC 813 was recently published. This key document outlines the features of the government's points-based immigration system and simplifies the language and structure of some areas of the Immigration Rules. The new system will apply to EEA and Swiss nationals, aside from Irish nationals. This article highlights some of the changes that are likely to be of most interest to employers.

Authors: Andrew Osborne, Naomi Hanrahan-Soar, Joanna Hunt, Stephen O'Flaherty
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Cline Glidden Q&A: earning residency through business investment

Cayman Islands - Ogier

Author: Cline Glidden
Patricia Yeung More funding for Employment Support Scheme

Hong Kong - Howse Williams 何韋律師行

Author: Patricia Yeung
Phillipe De Wulf Last call to implement electronic voting or voting by letter for COVID-19-proof social elections

Belgium - ALTIUS

Authors: Phillipe De Wulf, Esther Soetens
Shalina Crossley What does the COVID-19 tier system mean for offices?

United Kingdom - Lewis Silkin

Authors: Shalina Crossley, Colin Leckey, Gemma Taylor
César Navarro Q&A on new remote working regulations

Spain - CMS Albiñana & Suárez de Lezo

Authors: César Navarro, Elena Esparza, Carmen Bardi, María José Ramos
Niamh Crotty Proposed new rights to sick pay and parental leave pay

Ireland - Lewis Silkin

Author: Niamh Crotty
Rayan Houdrouge Paternity leave and its impact on companies

Switzerland - Lenz & Staehelin

Authors: Rayan Houdrouge, Adrien Renaud
Eriko Ogata Amendments to Child Care and Family Care Leave Act

Japan - Nagashima Ohno & Tsunematsu

Author: Eriko Ogata