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Is Furlough Leave an Option for Struggling Parents?
Shoosmiths LLP, January 2021

Lockdown 3.0 is upon us and once again schools are closed and working parents find themselves having to balance childcare and home-schooling whilst trying to manage their own work and responsibilities. For those who cannot reasonably work from home, or who may struggle with having to provide childcare at the same time as meeting the demands of their role, employers are able to consider offering furlough leave as an option...

Work, Lockdown and Curfew: Answers to Your Questions
Lavery Lawyers, January 2021

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 lockdown to prevent gatherings continues and a curfew was added on January 9, 2021, to remain in effect until the currently announced date of February 8, 2021 1 ...

The Changing Face of the Office
Shoosmiths LLP, January 2021

This article forms part of our ‘New How: Perspectives’ report: ‘Can real estate help solve the productivity puzzle?’. To access this free report, please click on the download link to the right of this page.   Contrary to popular belief, the Covid pandemic has not destroyed real estate as an investment class; rather it has accelerated the rate at which it was already evolving...

Shoosmiths: Top Covid Insights
Shoosmiths LLP, January 2021

As we face a new period of lockdown, the memories of March come flooding back. However, it is useful to remember that, as a nation, we are better prepared this time, and our shared experiences of the last ten months will help to ensure we tackle the challenge ahead positively, constructively and from a more informed position than before...

UIF Does a Payment Re-Run and Gives Clarity on COVID-19 TERS Benefits Over the Festive Season
ENSafrica, January 2021

The Unemployment Insurance Fund (“UIF”) has shed some light on what will happen to existing and outstanding COVID-19 Temporary Employer-Employee Relief Scheme (“TERS”) applications and payments, particularly over the festive season. We discuss the must-knows for employers below...

New Temporary Special Rules for Flexible Spending Accounts
Bradley Arant Boult Cummings LLP, January 2021

The president has signed into law the Taxpayer Certainty and Disaster Tax Relief Act of 2020, which includes several temporary special rules aimed at minimizing forfeitures and increasing the utility of health and dependent care flexible spending accounts (FSAs). Plans providing for one or both accounts can take advantage of these participant-friendly rules immediately...

How to Provide Employees $26,250 in Nontaxable Student Loan Repayment Assistance
Bradley Arant Boult Cummings LLP, January 2021

The Taxpayer Certainty and Disaster Tax Relief Act, recently passed as part of the “Consolidated Appropriations Act, 2021,” has significantly extended the tax exclusions for employer-paid student loan repayment assistance introduced under the CARES Act. With this extension, employers can provide employees with student loan repayment assistance of up to $5,250 per year for 2021 through 2025 (up to $26,250 total)...

Pacific Northwest Labor & Employment Law Update: New Laws Effective in 2021
Buchalter, January 2021

Several new employment laws have taken effect as of January 1, 2021 in both Oregon and Washington.  Below is a brief overview of the new laws impacting employers in the Pacific Northwest. Washington Increased Minimum Salary Threshold for Exempt Employees As of January 1, 2021, the state salary threshold for many exempt employees in Washington is higher than the federal salary threshold...

New Payroll Tax Credit Available in 2021 for Public Colleges, Universities and Governmental Healthcare Entities – Q&A
Hanson Bridgett LLP, January 2021

Key Points Effective January 1, 2021, public colleges, universities, and governmental entities whose primary purpose is providing medical or hospital care are eligible for the employee retention and rehiring tax credit. The amount of the credit is equal to 70 percent of up to $10,000 in eligible wages per employee per quarter for the first two quarters of 2021. The tax credit is claimed as an offset to employment taxes otherwise payable by the employer...

2021 Predictions: Employment Law Changes on the Horizon
Shoosmiths LLP, January 2021

After what can only be described as a difficult year (an annus horribilis!) for employers and employees alike, we turn our attention to 2021 and look at some of the more significant legislative changes coming into force this year. Furlough continues The Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme has been extended until 30 April 2021...

Tricky Issues: When is Misconduct ‘Gross Misconduct’?
Shoosmiths LLP, January 2021

Kicking off our 2021 Tricky Issues Series, in this article we consider when misconduct is sufficiently serious to amount to gross misconduct. Misconduct v gross misconduct – why does it matter? Misconduct is one of the five potentially fair reasons an employer must have to dismiss an employee fairly. In this context, misconduct usually refers to two types of improper or unacceptable behaviour – ordinary misconduct and gross misconduct...

Enforcement of Section 17A of the MACC Act - How Does it Affect an Employer
Shearn Delamore & Co., January 2021

In this article, Benedict Ngoh Ti Yang looks at the new section 17A under the Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission (“MACC”) (Amendment) Act 2018.   INTRODUCTION Pursuant to the recent Legal Notification PU(B) 247/2020, the Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission (“MACC”) (Amendment) Act 20181 has come into force effective 1 June 2020. The principal effect of the MACC (Amendment) Act 2018 is the introduction of section 17A under the MACC Act...

Changes as of 1 January 2021: Increase of the Minimum Wage and Provision of Financial Assistance to Companies
Arendt & Medernach, January 2021

Minimum Wage Increase The Act of 15 December 2020 amending article L.222-9 of the Labor Code comes into force on 1 January 2021.The new legal provisions increase the minimum wage by 2.8%: raising unskilled employees' minimum monthly wages from EUR 2,141.99 gross to EUR 2,201.93 gross; and raising qualified employees' minimum monthly wages from EUR 2,570.39 gross to EUR 2,642.32 gross. The index applicable to employees' wages (834,76) remains however unchanged...

Special Arrangement for Visa Extension Application from Overseas
Deacons, January 2021

In general, individuals admitted into Hong Kong under various types of visa may apply for extension of stay within four weeks before the date of expiry, and they must be physically present in Hong Kong at the time of submitting the application and the collection of visa label upon approval. Due to the ongoing pandemic across the globe, this restriction has brought extra hurdles to a lot of applicants who are employees of companies and/or members of families...

Whistle While You Work: Congress Strengthens Protections for Employees Reporting Antitrust Violations
Dykema, January 2021

The President recently signed into law the Criminal Antitrust Anti-Retaliation Act (S. 2258) (116th Cong. (2020)), which amends the Antitrust Criminal Penalty Enhancement and Reform Act of 2004. It grants stronger protections to employees who come forward with claims of antitrust violations. Specifically, the law prohibits employers from discharge, demotion, or suspension, as well as any discrimination against any employee who assists in a government antitrust investigation...

Benefits of the Employment Protection Law and the Law that makes the Requirements for Access to Unemployment Insurance more Flexible are Extended
Carey, January 2021

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 ”) and in law No...

Cambodia: Deadline for 2021 Foreign Employee Quota Applications Now Extended to 31 January 2021
DFDL, January 2021

On 9 December 2020, the Ministry of Labour and Vocational Training (“MLVT”) issued Notification 041/20 on Extending the Deadline for the 2021 Foreign Employee Quota Application (“Notification”). Through the Notification, the MLVT has delayed the submission deadline for 2021 foreign employee quota applications until 31 January 2021, being two months after the original deadline...

Paycheck Protection Program Act Update: Consolidated Appropriations Act, 2021
Patterson Belknap Webb & Tyler LLP, January 2021

The Consolidated Appropriations Act, 2021 (the “Act”), which was signed into law on December 27, 2020, includes several updates to the Paycheck Protection Program (the “PPP”) originally established by the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act (as modified by the Paycheck Protection Program Flexibility Act of 2020, the “CARES Act”)...

2021: In Which We Rise from the Ashes of the Pandemic - Goodbye, Annus Horribilis?
TSMP Law Corporation, January 2021

If anyone had told you that 2020 would be a year in which you are virtually guaranteed a lie-flat bed in economy class, businesses instructed employees not to come into the office, and budget supermarket Sheng Siong’s shares outperformed bank blue chip DBS’s, you would have sent the chap to have his head checked.But as the new coronavirus spread worldwide, the ensuing Covid-19 pandemic forced billions into lockdown...

San Francisco Imposes Quarantine on Travelers and Commuters from Outside the Bay Area with Two Exceptions for Construction Workers
Hanson Bridgett LLP, January 2021

The City and County of San Francisco (SF) issued a COVID-19 surge-related travel and quarantine order (Quarantine Order) on Dec. 16, 2020, and an updated Shelter-In-Place Order (SIP Order) on December 9 (updated Dec. 30, 2020). Under those orders, every person who enters SF after having been outside the Bay Area within the last ten days must quarantine for 240 hours from the time of arrival in SF. However, two exceptions apply to those working on construction projects in SF...

California Labor & Employment Law Update – New Laws to Take Effect in 2021
Buchalter, January 2021

  California employers operate under the most comprehensive Labor Code and legal regime in the Nation.  The past year has challenged employers with unprecedented compliance during a global pandemic, which has already led to an influx of employment litigation.  In addition to managing remote work forces in an ever-evolving regulatory climate, employers in 2021 will also be required to comply with a substantial number of legislative additions taking effect in the New Year...

Retirement Plan Provisions in the New COVID-19 Relief Acts
Bradley Arant Boult Cummings LLP, January 2021

The recently enacted COVID-19 Related Tax Relief Act of 2020 and the Taxpayer Certainty and Disaster Tax Relief Act of 2020, both of which are part of the “Consolidated Appropriations Act, 2021,” includes the following provisions that expand and extend changes intended to provide relief to retirement plan sponsors and participants affected by the COVID-19 pandemic and other disasters...

News on Certain Types of State Support - Employment Flash No. 1/2021
Nestor Nestor Diculescu Kingston Petersen, January 2021

The Government Emergency Ordinance no. 220/30.12.2020 on 2020 on the application of social protection measures after January 1, 2021 in the context of the spread of SARS-CoV-2 coronavirus, as well as for the amendment of some normative acts was published within the Official Gazette no. 1326 dated December 31, 2020...

Social Mobility in 2020: An Update
Shoosmiths LLP, December 2020

As part of our ongoing focus on social mobility, we look at the impacts of the pandemic on existing and new social mobility challenges, how we're responding, and what businesses can focus on in 2021. 2020 has been a year like no other. The way we live, work, and connect has changed significantly. The way we do business continues to evolve...

Weekly Digest: COVID-19 Resources
Bradley Arant Boult Cummings LLP, December 2020

This digest is a curated list of Bradley content regarding the coronavirus. In an effort to provide our clients with the easiest way to find information that may be beneficial in responding to the impact of COVID-19, we have provided links to our most recent blog posts, news alerts, webinar recordings and more. Additionally, this digest will now be deployed on a weekly basis in an effort to reduce the number of emails our clients receive...

 

 

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