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Portugal

Coronavirus: Mandatory Remote Working

Decree-Law 94-A/2020 of 3 November amends, among others, Decree-Law 79-A/2020 of 30 September, which established “exceptional, transitional arrangements for reorganisation of work”. Its aim was to minimise the spread of COVID-19. The Decree-Law makes remote working mandatory... More
 
Michigan

Michigan Employers Must Now Demonstrate Infeasibility of Working from Home

On November 15, 2020, Michigan’s Department of Health and Human Services (“DHHS”) issued a new Gatherings and Face Mask Order that further limits in-person gatherings and employer operations, but does not meaningfully change requirements for most businesses. With... More

 
Guatemala

Telework in Guatemala

Although in Guatemala there is no legal frame for “Telework”, it could be said that it is a way in which services are provided in a location other than the employer's office or headquarters. What makes this modality so attractive? What is the key to make it work? The key is in... More
 
New Zealand

Contracting in a COVID-19 World

We may be tired of talking about COVID-19, but contractual and project risk associated with the pandemic is still very real. Risk associated with COVID-19 should remain a key consideration in project planning, tendering and negotiation activities, and in the delivery and administration of... More

 
Nigeria

Legal 500 Country Comparative Guides

AELEX is the exclusive contributor to the Nigerian Chapter of The Legal 500 (Legalease): Franchise and Licensing Country Comparative Guides. The country specific Guide provides a pragmatic overview of how businesses can set up franchises and also license their technology... More
 
British Columbia

Potential Liabilities for Directors in Insolvency: Considerations for Directors of Companies Facing COVID-19 Induced Insolvency

The global pandemic of the disease caused by a novel coronavirus, COVID-19, has caused unprecedented disruption to global supply chains and consumer demand and resulted in government-mandated restrictions to almost all businesses. Many companies, small and large, are facing insolvency and... More

 
United Arab Emirates

COVID-19 and Commercial Leases in the UAE

The Covid-19 pandemic has swept the globe like a tsunami and it continues to impact countries and their economies worldwide. The UAE is no exception. Businesses have come under increased cost pressure as revenues decline. Such cost pressure primarily involves real estate leasing costs. In... More
 
Barbados

COVID-19: Barbados Regulatory Update

In December 2019, health officials in Wuhan, China informed the World Health Organization ("WHO") of a strain of "pneumonia" affecting members of its population.1 This "pneumonia" was later identified as a severe acute respiratory syndrome coronavirus... More

Portugal

Coronavirus: Mandatory Remote Working

Decree-Law 94-A/2020 of 3 November amends, among others, Decree-Law 79-A/2020 of 30 September, which established “exceptional, transitional arrangements for reorganisation of work”. Its aim was to minimise the spread of COVID-19. The Decree-Law makes remote working mandatory... More
Hungary

Management of Occupational Safety and Data Protection Risks Arising During Work from Home - Part 2

Part 2 of this series is about data protection. In case of questions, please contact Zoltán Balázs Kovács. How do you secure data in the home office environment? What policies should be in place to secure data and devices? What does a data breach mean? Employers... More

Germany

Employees Duties of Conduct in the Privacy in Times of Corona

Since the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic, the media has repeatedly reported about terminations by the employer, which are based on the fact that employees did not adhere to corona measures during their leisure time, for example because they took part in large anti-corona demonstrations... More
Poland

Control of Certain Investments: New Protective Provisions

On 19 June 2020, the Parliament adopted “Shield 4.0,” new law of great importance for M&A practice. Shield 4.0 amends the Act on Control of Certain Investments of 24 July 2015 and enters into force on 24 July 2020. Current investment control The Act on Control of Certain... More

Russia

Legal Checklist: How to Make your Business Sustainable in the Face of New Challenges

The current crisis has challenged the strength of all companies. It has forced businesses to quickly address new issues that often were outside their agenda earlier. During this period, most of businesses have managed to temporarily adapt, or radically change their processes and strategies;... More
Luxembourg

Introducing the Arendt Insights Mobile App: Instant Access to the Legal Developments Impacting Business in Luxembourg.

“At a time when the flow of information is always expanding, this app is a smart alternative for users to stay informed about these topics without a flood of emails.”(Jean-Marc Ueberecken, Managing Partner). The CoVid-19 crisis as a trigger Arendt Insights is the only app... More

Italy

COVID-19: Main Amendments made by the Conversion Law to the Liquidity Decree with Respect to the Measures Aimed at Ensuring the Going Concern of Companies

1. Introduction Pursuant to Law no. 40 of 5 June 2020, published in the Official Gazzette no. 143 of 6 June 2020 (the “Conversion Law”), Law Decree no. 23 of 8 April 2020 (the “Liquidity Decree”) was converted into law with amendments. Below is a summary of the key... More
Czech Republic

Lex Voucher for Culture - An Alternative to Refunds for Cancelled Cultural Events

On 19 May 2020, an Act On certain measures to mitigate the effects of the coronavirus epidemic known as SARS CoV-2 on cultural events (Act No 247/2020 Coll, the “Act” ), entered into force. Not only for the field of tourism, but also for the field of culture, the... More

Michigan

Michigan Employers Must Now Demonstrate Infeasibility of Working from Home

On November 15, 2020, Michigan’s Department of Health and Human Services (“DHHS”) issued a new Gatherings and Face Mask Order that further limits in-person gatherings and employer operations, but does not meaningfully change requirements for most businesses. With... More
Tennessee

Trick or Treat Beware Who Comes Knocking at Your Network Door

It is the time of year for a good scare– but not all a welcome treat! The U.S. Department ofHealth and Human Services(HHS)published a cyber-threat advisory that comes as no great surprise to healthcare providers. As all healthcare providers are focused on continuing to provide... More

Texas

Practical Strategies to Limit Premises Liability Claims Involving COVID-19

Businesses that open their doors to customers, guests, and other visitors during the pandemic must be vigilant, not only to keep their premises safe to those who enter, but also to avoid lawsuits by individuals who claim they contracted COVID-19 on business premises. The legal landscape... More
West Virginia

COVID-19 Shutdown Showdown in Pennsylvania

Lawmakers and citizens across the country are engaged in disputes over the breadth and duration of shutdown orders intended to slow the spread of the novel coronavirus. Pennsylvania was the first state, however, to have a case reach the U.S. Supreme Court where, despite a setback for the... More

California

Relief for Employee Benefit Plan Fiduciaries Due to COVID-19

The Department of Labor (DOL) has issued a "Relief Notice," providing ERISA plan fiduciaries additional time to furnish required notices and disclosures to participants and beneficiaries. For governmental plans that are not subject to ERISA, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services... More
Kentucky

Ohio House Bill 197 Passed: What This Means for Workers’ Compensation

Effective March 27, 2020, the Ohio Legislature passed House Bill 197 as a direct response to Governor Mike DeWine’s executive order earlier that month. How has HB 197 changed Ohio workers’ compensation? Two main ways: permitting public meetings and “tolling”... More

Alabama

Tips For Applying COVID - 19 Stark Law Waivers

Among the many extraordinary measures taken by the federal government in response to the COVID-19 pandemic is the issuance of blanket waivers of certain provisions of the federal self-referral prohibition commonly known as the Stark Law. The waivers loosen significant restrictions on... More
California

Buchalter Client Alert COVID-19: Did you Receive a Deposit from HHS? Before you Spend it, Read This

In addition to proceeds from the U.S. Small Business Administration’s (“SBA”) Payment Protection Program and the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services’ (“CMS”) Accelerated and Advance Payment Program, the U.S. Department of Health & Human... More

Guatemala

Telework in Guatemala

Although in Guatemala there is no legal frame for “Telework”, it could be said that it is a way in which services are provided in a location other than the employer's office or headquarters. What makes this modality so attractive? What is the key to make it work? The key is in... More
Peru

Guidelines for the State's Response to the Potential Impacts of the COVID-19 Pandemic on PPP Projects

On August 25, 2020, Board Resolution No. 003-2020-EF/68.0 was published in the Official Gazette “El Peruano”, approving the “Guidelines for the State's response to the potential impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic on Public Private Partnership projects” (the... More

Panama

Panama: The World of Turnkey Contracts, Partial Payment Accounts and Certificates of No Objection

For a long time, we have heard in different social media, for various reasons, some more positive than others, information related to Turnkey Contracts and the State indebtedness resulting from the Partial Payment Accounts (in Spanish, “Cuentas de Pago Parcial”) and Certificates... More
Mexico

Extension in the Suspension of Deadlines in the Mexican Institute of Industrial Property Until Further Notice

Following the agenda established within the Federal Government's Gradual Plan towards a New Normalization, the Mexican Institute of Industrial Property (MIIP) has published an agreement by means of which it extends the suspension of terms and deadlines with respect to all processes and... More

Colombia

External Circular No. 019 -2020 of the UPME

Regarding its functions, the UPME has been monitoring the demand for electrical energy and natural gas on a daily basis, in order to identify the impact of the measures taken to mitigate the effects of COVID-19 on the consumption of these energies. The following conclusions have been... More
Argentina

Report of the Department of Environmental Law: Valid Certificates, Presentations, Extension of Attention to the Public

The President of the Environmental Protection Agency of the Autonomous City of Buenos Aires (“APrA”), through resolution No 106/2020. ordered (i) To extend, for a period of ninety consecutive days, the validity of the certificates and the corresponding presentations to the... More

Costa Rica

Extension of the Restriction on the Export and Re-Export of Products for Surgical Use in Costa Rica

The Costa Rica´s General Directorate of Customs issued the statement DGA-010-2020, which expands the list of products for surgical use that have export and re-export restrictions, which they had initially established through directive DGA-003-2020. The products added are as follows: ... More
Argentina

Summary of International Government Emergency Measures as of March 1, 2020

The article has information regarding all Latin American countries; please contact us for the document or you can download it from this site ([email protected])   ARGENTINA Payment Chain Maintenance: • Rent freeze • Mortgage installments freeze and prohibition of... More

New Zealand

Contracting in a COVID-19 World

We may be tired of talking about COVID-19, but contractual and project risk associated with the pandemic is still very real. Risk associated with COVID-19 should remain a key consideration in project planning, tendering and negotiation activities, and in the delivery and administration of... More
India

COVID-19 – A Force Majeure Event or Simply a Pandemic?

Introduction What is known to exist but is not visible is surrounded by mystery. It excites the imagination and people spin yarns about it. Though that is not true when it comes to novel coronavirus (“COVID-19”), the outbreak of which has been globally reported, COVID-19 has... More

Indonesia

Bill on Stamp Duty

In the first week of September 2020, the House of Representative passed the Bill on Stamp Duty and now it is waiting for approval by a plenary meeting of the House. The Bill is expected come into effect on 1 January 2021 given the time needed to issue the implementing regulation and for... More
Malaysia

Covid-19 Bill 2020 – An Employment Perspective

The Temporary Measures for Reducing the Impact of Coronavirus Disease 2019 (Covid-19) Bill 2020 (“the Covid-19 Bill”) was tabled for its first reading in the Dewan Rakyat of Malaysia on Wednesday, 12 August 2020. The Covid-19 Bill, inter alia, seeks to provide for... More

Texas

China Releases Circular on Further Stabilizing Foreign Trade and Foreign Investment

On August 12, 2020, the State Council of the People’s Republic of China (“State Council”) released theCircular on Further Stabilizing Foreign Trade and Foreign Investment(the “Circular”), in which the Chinese government announced 15 policies aiming to protect... More
Philippines

SyCipLaw's Doing Business in the Philippines: A General Guide (2020 Update)

SyCip Salazar Hernandez & Gatmaitan’s (SyCipLaw) publication about the general guidelines in doing business in the Philippines has been updated. It aims to showcase the Philippines as an attractive venue for business ventures, to guide the businessmen and lawyers alike in their... More

Japan

COVID 19: Force Majeure in Japan - Some Key Questions

The sudden onset of the Covid-19 emergency has caused significant disruption across swathes of the Japanese economy and raised novel and urgent questions for businesses as they seek to handle the challenges they face, whilst balancing the protection of their businesses and their obligations... More
Australia

Understanding the COVID-19 'JobKeeper Payments'

Many employers have been considering workforce changes to address the economic downturn and cash flow issues caused by COVID-19. Yesterday's announcement by the Federal Government about wage subsidies (known as 'JobKeeper Payments') has been welcomed by employers and unions, and should be... More

Nigeria

Legal 500 Country Comparative Guides

AELEX is the exclusive contributor to the Nigerian Chapter of The Legal 500 (Legalease): Franchise and Licensing Country Comparative Guides. The country specific Guide provides a pragmatic overview of how businesses can set up franchises and also license their technology... More
Nigeria

Post-No-Debit Orders on the Accounts of Customers: Limitation to the Powers of Regulatory Agencies and Financial Institutions

INTRODUCTION There are several government agencies regulating various sectors of the Nigerian economy. Most of these regulatory agencies are creation of statutes which usually specify their functions, powers and general mode of operations. While some of these agencies are responsible for... More

Nigeria

Innovations Covered Under the Value Added Services (VAS) Licence Framework in Nigeria

INTRODUCTION Information Communication Technology (ICT) has, without a doubt, greatly impacted virtually every industry, and the communications industry is no exception. Services such as bulk short message service (SMS), online games, data services, telemarketing, text messages and media... More
Nigeria

An Examination of the Measures to Mitigate the Impact of Covid-19 on Taxpayers in Nigeria

As Covid-19 continues to impact all aspects of our lives, taxpayers are rightly seeking emergency tax measures to mitigate the impact of Covid-19 on their businesses. We examine below the measures that have been introduced to mitigate the impact on taxpayers. THE ECONOMIC STIMULUS BILL... More

South Africa

Mauritius: Coronavirus (COVID-19) Impact on Financial Institutions

The outbreak of the Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic and the incidental measures adopted by the Mauritian government represent serious potential impact for financial institutions in general. Below, we examine the recourses available to borrowers facing financial hardship as a result of the... More
South Africa

ENSafrica: Coronavirus (COVID-19) Legal Update

employment Update to C19 TERS and tax treatment of C19 TERS benefit Lauren Salt (ENSafrica Employment) and Arnaaz Camay (ENSafrica Tax) summarise the latest amendments to the COVID-19 Temporary Relief Scheme (“C19 TERS”), 2020 directive. They also consider the tax implications... More

South Africa

When Should the Labour Court Intervene in a Retrenchment Process?

Economists predict that the Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic will lead to retrenchments on an unprecedented scale on the back of an already weak economy. It is likely that unions, when confronted with proposals to retrench, will approach the consultation process envisaged in section 189 and... More
Nigeria

COVID-19 Legal Issues Newsletter

As Nigeria joins the rest of the world in grappling with the COVID-19 pandemic (“the pandemic”), the Federal Government has declared a curfew in the Federal Capital Territory and two other major States as well as restricting interstate travel. Prior to this, several... More

British Columbia

Potential Liabilities for Directors in Insolvency: Considerations for Directors of Companies Facing COVID-19 Induced Insolvency

The global pandemic of the disease caused by a novel coronavirus, COVID-19, has caused unprecedented disruption to global supply chains and consumer demand and resulted in government-mandated restrictions to almost all businesses. Many companies, small and large, are facing insolvency and... More
Quebec

How to be a Good Franchisor in the COVID-19 Era?

  In recent weeks, and especially in recent days, we have seen the serious repercussions of the spread of COVID-19 on Quebec businesses and SMEs. Government authorities are planning financial assistance measures for businesses, and some chambers of commerce have already announced that... More

British Columbia

It Might Be Negligent, But is it Gross Negligence?

Many commercial contracts limit claims between parties, particularly for consequential losses, to instances of gross negligence. Many statutes circumscribe claims against government authorities to the same circumstances. The Police Act, for example, prohibits claims against the police... More
British Columbia

Alberta Pauses Residential Evictions for Non-Payment and Prohibits Rent Increases and Late Payment Penalties During COVID-19 Pandemic

 On March 27, 2020, the Government of Alberta announced new measures to address residential tenancy issues arising during and as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic. Max Carroll and Jeffrey Hernaez of our Vancouver office wrote yesterday about similar measures put in place in... More

British Columbia

CSA to Provide Blanket Relief for Market Participants Due to COVID-19

  In light of the rapidly evolving developments relating to COVID-19, and recognizing that issuers have an urgent need to focus on critical business decisions, the Canadian Securities Administrators (the “CSA”) have announced that they will grant temporary, blanket relief... More
British Columbia

COVID-19 and Global Issues: A Contrarian's Solution to Construction Contracts?

For consideration by owners, contractors, suppliers, and project teams towards solutions on current and/or future projects. Global pandemic.  Oil trade war. Volatile FX Markets.  Market collapse?  East African locusts.  All of these global issues, and potentially others,... More

Quebec

The Coronavirus Guide for Employers: Everyday Measures for the Workplace

  Employers must review their action plan on a daily basis to promote prevention, manage possible or proven contagion among their employees and ensure that business operations continue. Two actions are key: Seeking accurate information from public health officials and governments... More
British Columbia

Keeping Cool: An Employer's Guide to COVID-19 in the Workplace

COVID-19 has now been characterized as a pandemic by the World Health Organization. Although the number of reported cases in Canada is currently low in comparison to some other countries, public health authorities have cautioned that this situation may change rapidly. As part of this... More

United Arab Emirates

COVID-19 and Commercial Leases in the UAE

The Covid-19 pandemic has swept the globe like a tsunami and it continues to impact countries and their economies worldwide. The UAE is no exception. Businesses have come under increased cost pressure as revenues decline. Such cost pressure primarily involves real estate leasing costs. In... More
United Arab Emirates

COVID-19: Entry into the Emirates of Dubai and Abu Dhabi

On 12 September 2020, the UAE Ministry of Health and Prevention (MoHAP) reported 1007 new COVID-19 cases in the UAE. With the number of cases rising both within the UAE and in most other countries, the UAE government has reiterated the importance of adhering to preventive guidelines and has... More

United Arab Emirates

Underperforming real estate: Can REIT (funds) assist developers in the UAE?

During these unprecedented times, developers all over the world are actively looking for solutions to deal with underperforming real estate. For developers in the United Arab Emirates (UAE), real estate investment funds (otherwise known as REITs) may offer a solution to the problem. A... More
United Arab Emirates

Cram Down Financings in the Era of Covid-19

We are in unprecedented times. The Covid-19 pandemic has swept the globe like a tsunami and it continues to wreak havoc on countries, people and economies. The effects of the pandemic are evident now. For example, the US unemployment rate is presently at 14.7%. In the peak of the financial... More

United Arab Emirates

Recent Measures Implemented in Abu Dhabi in Response to COVID-19

On 30 May 2020, the Abu Dhabi Media Office posted through Twitter that the Department of Government Support has eased restrictions on some activities and issued a set of guidelines for working from and visiting government entities in Abu Dhabi. The guidelines below come into effect from... More
United Arab Emirates

Post Eid al Fitr Reopening Guidelines and Easing of Movement Restrictions

On 26 May 2020, Dubai Economy published the “Post Eid al Fitr” reopening Guidelines which took effect from Wednesday 27 May 2020 and include updates to the protocols for the wholesale and retail trade including salons and barbershops as well as valet parking. The Guidelines also... More

United Arab Emirates

Revised Measures in Response to COVID-19: Sterilisation and Opening Timings and an Updated List of Violations and Fines

On 18 May 2020, the UAE government announced the following timings with effect from today, 20 May 2020: the National Disinfection Programme will take place between 08:00pm (not 10:00pm) to 06:00am the following day. working hours of butchers, mills and cafes will be from 06:00am to 08:00pm.... More
United Arab Emirates

DMCC Employment Guidelines during the COVID-19 Precautionary Measures Period

The DMCC Authority recently passed DMCC Guidelines 1 of 2020 (DMCC Guidelines) setting out what actions DMCC employers can take with respect to their employees during the COVID-19 Precautionary Measures Period. DMCC entities can: • Request employees to work remotely and implement... More

Barbados

COVID-19: Barbados Regulatory Update

In December 2019, health officials in Wuhan, China informed the World Health Organization ("WHO") of a strain of "pneumonia" affecting members of its population.1 This "pneumonia" was later identified as a severe acute respiratory syndrome coronavirus... More
Bahamas

Employment Update on the Government's Stimulus Measures in Response to COVID-19

On Monday, 30th March 2020, the Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Finance, the Honourable K. Peter Turnquest addressed the House of Assembly to provide an overview of the expected economic fallout in The Bahamas from the Covid-19 pandemic along with some details as to the... More

Bahamas

Information Privacy and COVID-19

In the wake of the COVID-19 outbreak, the business community is faced with unprecedented threats to their cyber-infrastructure and data. Sensitive data, in particular, will be vulnerable to security breaches as a result of reduced human power under emergency legislation. Moreover, criminal... More
Bahamas

COVID-19: Potential Employment Related Issues

In recent weeks, Governments around the world have been grappling with how best to combat the spread of the Coronavirus (COVID-19). The Bahamas is no exception. To date the Prime Minister has issued two Emergency Orders aimed at ensuring the health and safety of persons within The Bahamas.... More

Bahamas

COVID-19 - Force Majeure Clauses VS. Contractual Obligations

The impact of Covid-19 is becoming more prevalent throughout the economic landscape of The Bahamas. Most recently, in an effort to contain the spread of the virus, preventative measures involving the closure of non-essential local businesses for a specified duration were introduced by the... More
British Virgin Islands

Eastern Caribbean Supreme Court Adopts Measures to Ensure Continuity in Response to COVID-19 Impact

O’Neal Webster hopes that you, your family, your co-workers, and communities are staying healthy and positive during these challenging times. With the surge of the new coronavirus COVID-19 cases around the globe, and now in the Caribbean, all major stakeholders in the British Virgin... More

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