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Hungary

Continued Flexibility for Employers and Third Wave Hits Hungary - Will this be the 'New Normal'?

On February 22, the government extended the state of emergency by 90 days, to May 23. The extension also applies to the transitional provisions the government passed in the earlier phase of the pandemic for the protection of health and the economy. Among these transitional rules is the... More
 
Michigan

The Eviction Moratorium: A Texas Federal Court Holds the CDC Lacks Authority to Regulate Private Property Rights—BUT Eviction Moratorium Remains

On Thursday, February 25, 2021, a Federal Court Judge in the Eastern District of Texas sided with a group of landlords by holding that the eviction moratorium instituted by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) is unconstitutional by extending “far beyond the legitimate... 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
 
Cambodia

Corporate Insolvency Regime in the ASEAN Region – Focus on Bangladesh

This publication is part of a DFDL series focusing on Corporate Insolvency Regime in consideration of the COVID-19 outbreak in Asia. DFDL published the previous editions in a series of tailor-made FAQs on restructuring and insolvency matters that businesses and stakeholders need to keep... 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
 
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

 
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

Hungary

Continued Flexibility for Employers and Third Wave Hits Hungary - Will this be the 'New Normal'?

On February 22, the government extended the state of emergency by 90 days, to May 23. The extension also applies to the transitional provisions the government passed in the earlier phase of the pandemic for the protection of health and the economy. Among these transitional rules is the... More
England

Flexible Working and Employee Mental Health

This is the final article in a series reflecting on employee mental health and wellbeing challenges that employers are currently facing. It focuses on how employers can support employee mental health going forwards. Flexible future? If COVID-19 has done one thing at the very least, it is to... More

Belgium

Occupational Doctors' Enhanced Role in Combating COVID-19: Contact Tracing, Quarantine Certificates and Testing

Introduction On 21 January 2021 a new royal decree was published in the Official Gazette which has temporarily extended occupational doctors' role in combating the COVID-19 pandemic in the workplace. Occupational doctors will be contact tracers in the workplace and in this... More
Portugal

Coronavirus: Business Interruption Insurance and COVID-19

The judgment of the United Kingdom Supreme Court On 1 May 2020, the Financial Conduct Authority (“FCA”), the body that oversees the insurance industry in the United Kingdom, announced that it wanted to obtain a ruling from the English courts on the meaning and effect of the... More

Germany

Sars-CoV-2 Occupational Health and Safety Regulation - Right to Working from Home?

In the fight against the further spread of the Corona virus, the federal government issued the so-called Corona Occupational Health and Safety Ordinance on January 21, 2021, which has come into force on January 27, 2021, and remains effective until March 15, 2021. Regulatory content As... More
Norway

The BIMCO Ship Sale Agreement – A New Form of Standard?

Background BIMCO has circulated a Consultation Draft of a new Ship Sale Agreement (the «SSA»). For some time now, there has been a predominant standard form of vessel sale. With its origins back to 1925, developed by the Norwegian Shipbrokers’ Association and available... More

Israel

COVID-19 Alert: Israel Bans the Entry of Foreigners

In light of the spread of the global Covid-19 pandemic and the discovery of a new mutation of the virus, the Israeli government has decided that as of December 23, 2020, the entry of foreigners into Israel will be banned. Further to this decision, the Population and Immigration... More
Luxembourg

OECD Releases Helpful New Guidance on Transfer Pricing During the Pandemic

It is clear that government restrictions and trading difficulties have created an environment in which existing transfer pricing policies will not always be appropriate. The OECD has done well to reach rapid consensus among its members on four key transfer pricing topics, namely:... More

Michigan

The Eviction Moratorium: A Texas Federal Court Holds the CDC Lacks Authority to Regulate Private Property Rights—BUT Eviction Moratorium Remains

On Thursday, February 25, 2021, a Federal Court Judge in the Eastern District of Texas sided with a group of landlords by holding that the eviction moratorium instituted by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) is unconstitutional by extending “far beyond the legitimate... More
California

San Francisco Court Declines to Halt Enforcement of Cal/OSHA Emergency Temporary Standard Regulations

San Francisco Superior Court Judge Ethan Schulman ruled yesterday that Cal/OSHA can continue to enforce its COVID-19 Emergency Temporary Standard Regulation (ETS), at least for now. On February 25, 2021, Judge Schulman issued an order denying Plaintiffs' applications for a preliminary... More

California

Buchalter COVID-19 Client Alert: Cal-OSHA Wins First Round in Major Court Challenge to its COVID-19 Emergency Regulation

Cal-OSHA’s COVID-19 regulation remains in effect after the trial court rejected a motion for a preliminary injunction filed by a coalition of employers. This included challenges to: (1) compensation for employees excluded from work; (2) mandated testing; and (3) health and safety... More
Alabama

Telehealth Fraud and Abuse: What’s Next in Compliance and Enforcement for Healthcare’s Hottest Area?

In 2020, telehealth went from promising ancillary issue to center stage in the healthcare industry. Regulators and law enforcement took notice. With enforcers’ attention now squarely on telehealth fraud and abuse, telehealth providers and companies are poised to be among the main... More

Kentucky

UnMasked: A Generational Shift in Attitudes About Racial Inequity, Diversity And The Unique Implications for Businesses

This week, Westlaw Today published an article by Dinsmore partner J.T. Wilson III about the generational shift in attitudes toward racial equity in light of George Floyd's death and about how business owners and employers must react accordingly. An excerpt is below      ... More
Tennessee

First State Enacts Permanent COVID-19 Occupational Health and Safety Requirements

Virginia is now the first state in the nation to enact permanent COVID-19 workplace safety and health standards. In late January, the Virginia Department of Labor and Industry (DOLI) adopted the Virginia Occupational Safety and Health (VOSH) Program. The program promulgates a new standard... More

Virginia

Year in Review: Top Insurance Cases of 2020

Not surprisingly, COVID-19 business interruption insurance disputes dominated media headlines for most of 2020. Nonetheless, there were a number of other insurance rulings that will undoubtedly shape the coverage landscape. Policyholders enjoyed a number of significant wins including... More
Maine

Massachusetts Health Care Bill Makes Several Significant Changes

While you were celebrating the New Year, Governor Baker signed Chapter 260 of the Acts of 2020, an “Act promoting a resilient health care system that puts patients first,” the result of the Legislature’s months of work to address various health care delivery system and... 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

Colombia

Bulletin Real Time: Latest News

1. Historic: First vaccine administered in Colombia. A nurse in the Caribbean region of Sincelejo was the first Colombian to be vaccinated in the country. The original plan had been to begin the nationwide vaccination program on Saturday (February 20), but things have moved faster.... 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

Chile

Benefits of the Employment Protection Law and the Law that makes the Requirements for Access to Unemployment Insurance more Flexible are Extended

On December 4 th , 2020, Supreme Decree No. 2,097 of the Ministry of Finance (hereinafter, the “ Decree ”) was published in the Official Gazette, which extends the enforcement of the benefits established in titles I and II of law No.21,227 (“ Employment Protection Act... 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

Cambodia

Corporate Insolvency Regime in the ASEAN Region – Focus on Bangladesh

This publication is part of a DFDL series focusing on Corporate Insolvency Regime in consideration of the COVID-19 outbreak in Asia. DFDL published the previous editions in a series of tailor-made FAQs on restructuring and insolvency matters that businesses and stakeholders need to keep... 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

Malaysia

WEBINAR - Online intellectual property threats and best practices amid Covid-19 in the Asia Pacific region

Dear valued clients, colleagues and business partners, You are invited to join a remarkable panel of speakers who will discuss some of the latest trends in online infringement related to Covid-19 pandemic and best practices for developing a sound brand protection strategy for your... More
China

UK Supreme Court Rules on Insurance Policy Wording for Business Interruption Losses due to COVID-19

A recent UK Supreme Court Judgment, the Financial Conduct Authority v Arch Insurance (UK Ltd) & Ors [2021] UKSC 1, clarified whether a variety of insurance policy wordings cover business interruption losses resulting from the COVID-19 pandemic and public health measures taken by UK... More

New Zealand

A Year of Long Tails and Shop Windows

The direction of travel in M&A activity and litigation in 2021 Coming to the end of what can safely be described as an unprecedented year, we look ahead to 2021, alive to the fact that predictions are, at best, difficult. While we are currently sailing in relatively calm... 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
Australia

Distressed Debt and Special Situations

Facing Australia's first recession in 30 years, Australian businesses are attempting to steer a course not only for survival but for the growth needed to be a viable long term. But alongside uncertainty comes opportunity. Our new report, prepared in partnership with Acuris, explores the key... 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
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

Data Backup and Security Guidelines as Impact Mitigation Strategies in Light of the COVID-19 Pandemic

The COVID-19 pandemic hit the world in an unprecedented manner and, in just a few months, it has had such a profound impact on the world of work. As a result, physical office premises were shut down and many employees were forced to work from home with little or no security policy in place... 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

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
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

British Columbia

Terminating Employees – 15 Planning Questions an Employer Should Ask Itself

Terminating the employment of an employee is never easy. There are many things to consider from both a practical and legal perspective. The more prepared you can be the better. While not exhaustive, set out below are some questions every employer should be asking themselves before they... More
British Columbia

New Employment Standards Leaves for COVID-19 & Their Impact on Pension & Benefit Plans

In response to COVID-19, the federal government and the provinces have introduced various measures to mitigate the financial impact across the country. One of these measures is the introduction of a new type of type of unpaid, job-protected leave related to COVID-19. As of the date of this... More

British Columbia

Further Extension of Temporary Layoff Period for Federally Regulated Employers

On November 9, 2020, the federal government announced a further temporary extension to permitted layoff periods for federally regulated private-sector employees. Background In June of 2020, the federal government extended the time periods for layoffs under the Canada Labour Standards... More
Quebec

Tax Aspects of Insolvency and Bankruptcy

The current crisis caused by the COVID-19 pandemic has already caused, and will continue to cause, significant liquidity problems for some businesses. Companies whose financial difficulties threaten their very existence will have to restructure in order to avoid bankruptcy, either by... More

Quebec

The Unforeseen Benefits of Driverless Transport during a Pandemic

  The COVID-19 pandemic has been not only causing major social upheaval but disrupting business development and the economy as well. Nevertheless, since last March, we have seen many developments and new projects involving self-driving vehicles (SDV). Here is an overview. Distancing... More
British Columbia

B.C.'s Economic Recovery Plan: New Employer Tax Credit

On September 17, 2020, the British Columbia government released its economic recovery plan for the province, Stronger BC for Everyone: BC’s Economic Recovery Plan. The plan details various new support measures for B.C. businesses, including a new refundable tax credit for... 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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