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Ireland

COVID-19 Related Extensions to Planning Permissions

The Planning and Development (Amendment) (No. 3) Bill 2021 is being expedited through the legislative process. It will provide for extensions to a number of time limits, including for the passing of development plans. Importantly however it will also allow for extensions, or additional... More
 
Virginia

The Employee Retention Tax Credit: Why Is My Refund Taking So Long?

We have written previously regarding the employee retention tax credit (the “ERC”).  The ERC was created by the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, & Economic Security Act (the “CARES Act”) and was expanded by the Consolidated Appropriations Act, 2021 (the... More

 
Colombia

Real Time Newsletter - June 1, 2021

New measures for state contracting for economic reactivation. Through Decree 579 of 2021, issued on May 31 by the National Planning Department, certain transitory paragraphs enshrined in Decree 1082 of 2015 or the sole Regulatory Decree of the Administrative Planning Sector, were... More
 
Malaysia

Malaysian Chapter in The Intellectual Property Review, 10th Edition

Dear valued clients, colleagues and friends,Our Head of the Intellectual Property Practice Group, Karen Abraham, has authored the Malaysian chapter of The Intellectual Property Review, 10th Edition published by The Law Reviews. The chapter provides a summary and overview of the types of... More

 
South Africa

21-Day Deadline to Comply with New Vaccination Guidelines

On 11 June 2021, the Minister of Employment and Labour released the much-anticipated vaccination guidelines. These are included in the amended Consolidated Direction on Occupational Health and Safety Measures in certain Workplaces (the “Directive”). While some have interpreted... More
 
British Columbia

Public Health ‘Trumps’ Commercial Losses – B.C. Supreme Court Rules in Favour of Landlords in a COVID-19 Related Termination

Commercial landlords have, in the past year and a half, dealt with many novel issues in relation to COVID-19, often on an emergency basis. Few landlords have had to deal with both public health order violations and gang crime relating to the same tenant, as in a recent decision of the B.C.... More

 
United Arab Emirates

COVID-19 Measures in Dubai and Abu Dhabi

New measures to curb the “second wave” of COVID-19 cases have been introduced by the Dubai Supreme Committee of Crisis and Disaster Management (the Dubai Committee) and the Abu Dhabi Emergency Crisis and Disasters Committee for COVID-19 Pandemic (the Abu Dhabi Committee). On 1... 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

Ireland

COVID-19 Related Extensions to Planning Permissions

The Planning and Development (Amendment) (No. 3) Bill 2021 is being expedited through the legislative process. It will provide for extensions to a number of time limits, including for the passing of development plans. Importantly however it will also allow for extensions, or additional... More
England

Time is Running Out and the 30 June Deadline is Fast Approaching... Are Employers Ready?

Deadlines loom, as changes to rules on the rights of EEA and Swiss citizens to live and work in the UK are fast approaching. With many developments to keep apace of, we have highlighted the key dates and points which employers need to mark in the diary. 1. Grace period for right to work... More

Belgium

The End of Mandatory Telework?

On Friday 4 June 2021, a new Ministerial Decree was published in the Belgian State Gazette that includes new provisions regarding telework. For the time being, telework remains compulsory and employers remain obliged to register their non-teleworkable positions with the National Social... More
Norway

Can an Employee Demand to Have the Summer Holiday Postponed Pending Vaccine and Corona Certificate?

Introduction The Covid-19 vaccine is currently being rolled out, and according to the authorities’ vaccination-plan, a large part of the population will receive their first dose during the summer months. As a rule, one must take the vaccine in one’s own home municipality, and... More

Italy

New Emergency Measures Adopted after the “Sostegni Decree”

Below is an update on the most relevant employment law measures adopted after the Decree of March 22, 2021, no. 41 (the so-called “Sostegni Decree”) within the framework of the COVID-19 emergency legislation and the on-going vaccination campaign. Before entering into the details of the... More
Portugal

Initial Assessment of the Impact of Possible Legislative Changes in the Pharmaceutical Sector

The COVID-19 pandemic has exposed the difficulties in reacting at European level to a major health crisis and the intention of the European Commission is to respond more effectively to future problems in the area of health. As a result, it is currently conducting an initial assessment of... More

Israel

Israel Reopens the Skies for Foreign Experts and Businessmen

Further to the decline of the Covid-19 spread in Israel after the successful vaccination rollout, Israel has announced changes in foreign entry policy into the country, which will allow, among others, the regular entry of foreign experts and businessmen. These reliefs come after several... More
Romania

Employment Flash No. 4/2021 – News on the General Template Documents for Technical Unemployment Support and Days Off for Parents

07.04.2021 – The Ministerial Order no. 214/22.02.2021 for approving the template documents provided by art. 53¹ para. (12) of the Labor Code was published within the Official Gazette no. 350 dated April 6th, 2021. These new legal provisions introduce the templates for the... More

Virginia

The Employee Retention Tax Credit: Why Is My Refund Taking So Long?

We have written previously regarding the employee retention tax credit (the “ERC”).  The ERC was created by the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, & Economic Security Act (the “CARES Act”) and was expanded by the Consolidated Appropriations Act, 2021 (the... More
New York

New York Lifts Most Statewide COVID-19 Restrictions

New York State Lifts Restrictions. On June 7, 2021, New York Governor Andrew Cuomo declared that the State would lift most remaining COVID-19 restrictions when 70% of adult New Yorkers had received their first dose of a COVID-19 vaccine. On June 15, 2021, Governor Cuomo held a press... More

California

Third Time's A Charm: Cal/OSHA Standards Board Passes Revisions To Its COVID-19 Emergency Temporary Standard After Two Aborted Attempts

Key Points Fully vaccinated employees no longer need to wear face coverings indoors or outdoors. The revised ETS removes all social distancing requirements. Employers must provide respirators to employees who are not fully vaccinated "upon request." Governor has issued... More
Oregon

Policies and Practical Tips to Prepare for a Hybrid Work Culture

Prior to the pandemic, companies allowed remote work sparingly and where necessary because of the location of certain key players in other states or countries. Many employers felt that remote work was not practical, citing technology gaps and company culture. According to a survey of 600 IT... More

California

Buchalter COVID-19 Client Alert: Health Plans are on the Hook for COVID Testing, Per the DMHC

On June 7, 2021, the Department of Managed Health Care (“DMHC”) issued an All Plan Letter (APL-21-016) to the health care service plans it regulates, announcing that health care service plans must continue to cover certain COVID-19 testing for their enrollees beyond the... More
Kentucky

OSHA Issues COVID-19 ETS for Health Care Employers, Updated Prevention Guidance for All Other Sectors

Last week, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) issued a COVID-19 Emergency Temporary Standard (ETS) for employers only in the health care sector in response to President Joe Biden’s January Executive Order on Protecting Worker Health and Safety. The ETS becomes... More

Tennessee

EEOC Offers New Guidance on Workplace COVID-19 Vaccination Programs

On May 28, 2021, the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) released long-anticipated updates to its guidance regarding COVID-19 vaccinations.  In addition to clarifying the confidentiality requirements for vaccination information and guidelines for instituting... More
Texas

Raquel Alvarenga in HR Magazine: ‘Fully Vaccinated Workers May Need COVID-19-Related Accommodations’

Haynes and Boone, LLP Counsel Raquel Alvarenga talked with HR Magazine about continued COVID-19-related accommodations for vaccinated employees.Below is an excerpt:Many businesses have developed policies on providing reasonable accommodations to employees who refuse to get... More

Colombia

Real Time Newsletter - June 1, 2021

New measures for state contracting for economic reactivation. Through Decree 579 of 2021, issued on May 31 by the National Planning Department, certain transitory paragraphs enshrined in Decree 1082 of 2015 or the sole Regulatory Decree of the Administrative Planning Sector, were... More
Chile

Law of Safe Return to Presential Work is Published

On June 1st, 2021, the Law No. 21,342 (hereinafter, the “Law”) was published in the Official Gazette, establishing protocols for occupational health safety and a mandatory health insurance for safe, gradual return to presential work. The above, in the context of the health alert... More

Peru

New Conditional Health Registration of the COVID-19 Vaccine

Digemid authorized Pfizer the second conditional sanitary registration of the COVID-19 vaccine manufactured in the United States. A total of 4 vaccines authorized by the Peruvian health authority are added to this registry.  Click here to access the resolution Oxygen... More
Brazil

Life Sciences & Healthcare January/2021

CRIMINAL Counterfeit VaccinesBy Andre Augusto Mendes Machado and Mariana Murad Leiva Counterfeiting vaccines may lead to criminal liability, usually for the crime foreseen in article 273 of the Brazilian Penal Code, that punishes with imprisonment from 10 to 15 years in addition to... More

Venezuela

Can Workers be Required to Get the COVID-19 Vaccine?

As of March 11, 2020, the date on which the World Health Organization (WHO) declared COVID-19 a pandemic, States have taken various measures such as social distancing, restriction of free movement, the closure of borders, among others, which have undoubtedly had a decisive impact on people... More
Argentina

Labor & Social Security Law Department Report - Regulatory Alert: Necessity and Urgency Decree No. 39/2021

    i.   To extend until December 31st, 2021, the occupational emergency declared by the Necessity and Urgency Decree No. 34/2019.       ii.   To extend the prohibition of dismissals... 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
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

Malaysia

Malaysian Chapter in The Intellectual Property Review, 10th Edition

Dear valued clients, colleagues and friends,Our Head of the Intellectual Property Practice Group, Karen Abraham, has authored the Malaysian chapter of The Intellectual Property Review, 10th Edition published by The Law Reviews. The chapter provides a summary and overview of the types of... More
Cambodia

Vietnam: COVID-19 & Employee’s Entitlements – Key Considerations

In light of the continuing Covid-19 outbreak in Vietnam and various regulations issued by the Government and the Ministry of Labor, Invalids and Social Affairs (“MOLISA”), some key considerations remain with respect to employee entitlements that employers must address and make... More

Thailand

The Rapid Growth of Telemedicine Startups to Combat COVID-19

The rapid spread of Covid-19 has placed the healthcare system in Thailand under severe pressure. Following the outbreak of the pandemic, new startups focusing on telemedicine have sprung up to take on the challenge of innovating the way healthcare services can be provided to patients. In general,... More
China

A Reminder from the Court of Appeal that Giving Evidence by VCF is Not the Norm Under Covid-19

In April 2020, we reported on the first cases that were conducted remotely via video conferencing facilities (VCF) during the court closures due to the Covid-19 pandemic. More than a year has passed and, although Covid-19 is still posing challenges, the courts have reopened and continue to... More

New Zealand

Kalifa Review of UK Fintech: Should New Zealand Take a Similar Approach?

he recently published “Kalifa Review of UK Fintech” (Kalifa Review) is the result of an independent review that began in July 2020, with the objects of supporting growth and widespread adoption of fintech in the UK, and maintaining the UK’s global fintech reputation. The... More
India

Travel to India during COVID-19

This article has been updated based on the available information until 20th February 2021. As Government notifications are constantly revised, it is advisable to consult your attorney or visit the website of the relevant Government agency prior to travelling. Further, in additional to the... More

Indonesia

The Arrival of the Long Awaited KBLI Numbers in Fintech

On 24 September 2020, Statistics Indonesia (Badan Pusat Statistik ─ “BPS”) issued BPS Regulation No. 2 of 2020 on Indonesian Standard Business Classifications (Klasifikasi Baku Lapangan Usaha Indonesia ─ “KBLI”), which is known as the 2020 KBLI. The 2020 KBLI came... More
Singapore

The Mall is Dead, Long Live the Mall

Retail is facing its biggest reset post-pandemic. It survived multiple economic depressions, two world wars and a catastrophic fire. But after 162 years, Robinsons will be no more. The iconic Singapore department store may have been the pandemic’s latest casualty, but the truth is... More

South Africa

21-Day Deadline to Comply with New Vaccination Guidelines

On 11 June 2021, the Minister of Employment and Labour released the much-anticipated vaccination guidelines. These are included in the amended Consolidated Direction on Occupational Health and Safety Measures in certain Workplaces (the “Directive”). While some have interpreted... More
South Africa

A Legal Perspective on Dealing with Employees Who Refuse to Mask Up

More than a year after the start of the COVID-19 lockdown, many citizens have adopted a lax approach to mask wearing, social distancing and sanitisation. However, a recent Labour Court judgment in South Africa indicates that employers may, within reason, be able to fairly dismiss employees... More

South Africa

Africa Regulatory Insight: Coronavirus (COVID-19) Regulatory Measures

ENSafrica recently released Africa Regulatory Insight: Coronavirus (COVID-19) Regulatory Measures. This comprehensive report outlines the COVID-19 regulatory measures for each country across Sub-Sahara Africa, providing the sector, measure, effective date/status and key points and impact... More
South Africa

Can Employers Justify Compelling Employees to Receive the COVID-19 Vaccine?

South African law currently does not have any legislation that specifically requires employees to take the COVID-19 vaccination. The president was also emphatic that no one would be forced to take the vaccination, which is being rolled out in a governmental attempt to vaccinate 67% of the... More

South Africa

South African Employers: Are your Employees as Excited about the COVID-19 Vaccine as You Are?

The government’s recent announcement of its plan to roll-out the Coronavirus (COVID-19) vaccine nationwide has triggered many questions and concerns, highlighting a collision of seemingly conflicting rights and obligations in various spheres of life. With the first vaccines arriving... More
South Africa

Battling COVID-19: Mechanisms for Access to Antiviral Products and Diagnostics

IP landscape While the world is in the grip of the deadly COVID-19 pandemic, the patenting of pharmaceutical and biological compositions and the launch of generic products is even more hotly debated than before, particularly in the world's developing and least-developed countries. For... 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

British Columbia

Public Health ‘Trumps’ Commercial Losses – B.C. Supreme Court Rules in Favour of Landlords in a COVID-19 Related Termination

Commercial landlords have, in the past year and a half, dealt with many novel issues in relation to COVID-19, often on an emergency basis. Few landlords have had to deal with both public health order violations and gang crime relating to the same tenant, as in a recent decision of the B.C.... More
Quebec

COVID-19: Planning for Capital Gains, Inheritance, Gift and Wealth Taxes

The deficits being generated by the emergency measures that the federal and provincial governments have implemented since March 2020 are a reminder of the magnitude of our governments' pre-crisis deficits. This situation will inevitably lead to a greater tax burden for businesses and... More

Quebec

Product Advertising in the Time of COVID-19: Health Canada and the Competition Bureau are on the Lookout for Misleading Claims

It’s been more than a year since the COVID-19 pandemic began, and many companies are attempting to market products intended to help consumers deal with the risks associated with COVID-19. Some of the most common examples of such products include face masks, testing devices, hand... More
Quebec

COVID-19 Products: Health Canada and Competition Bureau Watch Out for Misleading Claims

It’s been more than a year since the COVID-19 pandemic began, and many companies are attempting to market products intended to help consumers deal with the risks associated with COVID-19. Some of the most common examples of such products include face masks, testing devices, hand... More

Quebec

Studios and Designers: Are you Sure that you Own the Intellectual Property Rights to your Video Games?

The year 2020 will have been difficult for the vast majority of industries, and in particular for the arts, entertainment and recreation industry. The video game industry, however, is growing in leaps and bounds. For example, Nintendo and PlayStation have each set record sales for their games... More
Quebec

Work, Lockdown and Curfew: Answers to Your Questions

In order to reduce community transmission and preserve everyone's safety and that of our healthcare system, the government requires everyone to make extra efforts, both in their private lives and at work. The closure of retail businesses, save for some exceptions, is maintained, the... More

Quebec

Teleworking: What are the Allowable Expenses for Employees and Tax Impacts for Employers?

The COVID-19 pandemic has changed Canadian workplaces. For many organizations, the pandemic and its containment measures have fast-tracked the shift to teleworking.  In this context, the Canada Revenue Agency (the “CRA”) and the Agence du Revenu du Québec... More
British Columbia

Can B.C. Businesses Force Employees and Customers to Wear Masks?

On November 24, 2020, British Columbia issued a Public Health Order requiring the use of masks in all public indoor spaces in the province (the “Order”). In this blog post, we answer some frequently asked questions posed by business owners and employers about the... More

United Arab Emirates

COVID-19 Measures in Dubai and Abu Dhabi

New measures to curb the “second wave” of COVID-19 cases have been introduced by the Dubai Supreme Committee of Crisis and Disaster Management (the Dubai Committee) and the Abu Dhabi Emergency Crisis and Disasters Committee for COVID-19 Pandemic (the Abu Dhabi Committee). On 1... 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

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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