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COVID-19: Additional, Exceptional and Temporary Measures Adopted by the Superintendency of Banks of Panama and the Panama Banking Association.
Morgan & Morgan, May 2020

Rule 2-2020, as amended by Rule 3-2020 of the Superintendency of Banks of Panama (hereinafter, “SBP,” for its initials in Spanish). On March 16, 2020, the SBP issued Rule 2-2020, which was subsequently amended by Rule 3-2020 (here in after referred to as “Rule 2-2020") and "establishes additional, exceptional and temporary measures for compliance with the provisions contained in Rule 4-2013 on credit risk".”...

Corporate Governance in the Time of COVID-19: Navigating New Horizons
SyCip Salazar Hernandez & Gatmaitan, May 2020

The COVID-19 pandemic has forced companies to change the way that they do business. The fact that the National Capital Region is currently under a Modified Enhanced Community Quarantine (MECQ),[1] and prior to that, was under Enhanced Community Quarantine (ECQ) for two months since 16 March 2020, makes it difficult for Philippine domestic corporations to navigate the Philippine business landscape and conduct business as usual...

How to Close an M&A in Pandemic
Veirano Advogados, May 2020

The pandemic and government health protection measures have created a series of challenges and smart government responses to try to deal with the imposed social distance...

Hard Knock to the Legal Certainty in Guatemala - Electric Sector in Crisis
QIL+4 ABOGADOS, May 2020

Guatemala dawns today with the validity of a law, contained in the Decree 15-2020, extremely harmful for the country, the economy, the industry and legal certainty, and in violation of the Constitution. This law allows for the possibility of not paying certain basic services (water, cable, telephony, power [sic] (electric power) and internet) by the users, and imposes the obligation to public and private supplier companies not to suspend, under any circumstances, their provision...

Data Privacy and WFH: NPC Bulletin on Protecting Personal Data in a Work From Home Arrangement
SyCip Salazar Hernandez & Gatmaitan, May 2020

The National Privacy Commission (NPC) has issued guidelines on data protection in work from home (WFH) arrangements (NPC PHE Bulletin No. 12 on “Protecting Personal Data in a Work from Home Arrangement; issued May 15, 2020).  The full text of the guidelines can be found here: https://www.privacy.gov.ph/2020/05/npc-phe-bulletin-no-12-protecting-personal-data-in-a-work-from-home-arrangement/...

The Return-To-Work Checklist: Focus on Labor
SyCip Salazar Hernandez & Gatmaitan, May 2020

Philippine government agencies continue to issue additional and more specific guidelines on dealing with business continuity concerns, in light of more enterprises being able to resume operations under the Modified Enhanced Community Quarantine (MECQ), and more areas now being under the less restrictive General Community Quarantine (GCQ). This briefing covers the following more recent advisories:   Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE) Labor Advisory No...

Revised Measures in Response to COVID-19: Sterilisation and Opening Timings and an Updated List of Violations and Fines
Afridi & Angell, May 2020

Timings 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. commercial centres and malls will be open from 09:00am to 07:00pm (with new opening hours to be announced after the upcoming Eid...

Deferrals of Repayments of Loans and other Credit Instruments
Cechova & Partners, May 2020

COVID-19 Although the first big wave of requests for repayment deferrals of banking and non-banking loans may seem to be over, a further one is likely just to come once some debtors realise the actual effects of COVID-19 crisis on their economic situation and the pandemic time frame for filing the requests for repayment deferrals will start approaching its end...

IRS Temporarily Flexes Rules for Flex Benefit/Section 125 Plans
Lowenstein Sandler LLP, May 2020

IRS Notice 2020-29 gives employers new opportunities to help employees who participate in Section 125 plans deal with COVID-19...

Application for PPP Loan Forgiveness Now What?
Lowenstein Sandler LLP, May 2020

Certain provisions of the coronavirus/COVID-19 economic stimulus legislation are subject to the issuance of government regulations and other government action; thus, certain details regarding the legislation may be clarified or added. On Friday, May 15, 2020, the SBA released its Paycheck Protection Program (“PPP”) Loan Forgiveness Application (the “Forgiveness Application”)...

New Guarantee Facility, Extension of ERTE Temporary Layoff Procedures, Effects of the Crisis on Transfer Pricing, Return to Judicial Activity and 'Shields' for Businesses
Garrigues, May 2020

Garrigues analyzes the most important new legislation that companies need to be aware of in the coming days in the various areas of business law...

Employer Considerations for Employee Return to Work
Dykema, May 2020

Dykema’s Labor & Employment Practice Group created a Q&A overview addressing best practices for employers to consider when businesses return to work. The document discusses frequently asked questions concerning employer recalls, pay and benefits, medical documentation, personal protective equipment (PPE) requirements, and more...

How to Celebrate Valid Agreements and Contracts in Social Isolation?
QIL+4 ABOGADOS, May 2020

At QIL + 4, prevention is key and our clients’ and team’s health the most important thing. Under the new measures implemented by the Guatemalan Government, we have analyzed the legal alternatives available for signing commercial and civil agreements virtually...

Proposed Legislation Would Protect Businesses from COVID-19 Claims
Waller, May 2020

With pandemic-related legal filings on the rise across the country, the Waller Government Relations team has worked closely with the Tennessee Chamber of Commerce and Industry to draft the Tennessee Business Recovery and Safe Harbor Act...

Sustainability, Resilience and Public Disclosure in Canada - EFF Grows From a Larger Trend
Lawson Lundell LLP, May 2020

The 50th Earth Day has passed this year under the shadow of a global pandemic, where the immediacy of human health has eclipsed, for now, the focus on the long-term health of the planet and humanity’s place within it that had begun to preoccupy businesses and investors. From a corporate governance perspective, that is reasonable, as risks to short-term survival take precedence over the long-term planning and risk mitigation demanded by more epochal trends like climate change...

Weekly Report: COVID-19 in Central America
Consortium Legal - El Salvador, May 2020

Special Report "COVID-19 in Central America" on special measures taken in each country of our region prepared by the multidisciplinary team of Consortium Legal. The information contained in this publication is for information purposes only and does not constitute legal advice. The information is constantly updated and is subject to change...

The True Cost of Coronavirus
TSMP Law Corporation, May 2020

Is Coronavirus the Great Leveller? When the novel coronavirus first started spreading like wildfire, people called it the “great leveller”. No respecter of status or economic background, Covid-19 affected people at all strata, from housemaids to Hollywood royalty; peons to prime ministers. Tom Hanks, Boris Johnson and an aide to US Vice President Mike Pence all contracted it...

CDPH Requires all California Skilled Nursing Facilities to Submit "COVID-19 Mitigation Plan" Creating New Documentation Concerns
Hanson Bridgett LLP, May 2020

On May 11, 2020, the California Department of Public Health ("CDPH") issued an All Facilities Letter (AFL 20-52) requiring skilled nursing facilities ("SNF") to develop and implement a facility specific COVID-19 mitigation plan (the "Plan") with six different, complicated elements. The CDPH requirement is in addition to any local requirements for COVID-19 planning and may or may not track the requirements already in place in some local jurisdictions...

Michigans New COVID-19 Workplace Safety Rules: Enforcement of Regulatory Compliance May Increase Is Your Business Compliant?
Dykema, May 2020

As more and more of Michigan’s economy is being reopened, Governor Whitmer set forth required workplace safeguards in a separate and standalone executive order. Executive Order No...

USCIS Proposes 10% Surcharge on Filing Fees
Dykema, May 2020

The USCIS on Friday, May 15, sent a request to Congress for $1.2 billion in emergency funding, proposing to pay it back with a 10% surcharge on application filing fees. The immigration service is entirely funded by these filing fees and has seen a significant drop in applications due to the coronavirus pandemic. It said in the statement it expects a 61% drop in revenue through the end of the fiscal year...

COVID-19: Technical Guidelines for Sanitary Safety in the Workplace have been Issued
Basham, Ringe y Correa, S.C., May 2020

In accordance with the publications by the Ministry of Health on May 14 and 15, 2020, the morning of Monday 18, the technical guidelines for health safety in the workplace were published so that micro, small and medium-sized companies can restart activities without compromising the health of its employees...

Dear Tech Company Founders & VCs: Eligible on Main Street
Lowenstein Sandler LLP, May 2020

Certain provisions of the coronavirus/COVID-19 economic stimulus legislation are subject to the issuance of government regulations and other government action, thus certain details regarding the legislation may be clarified or added...

TALF 2020 Update
Lowenstein Sandler LLP, May 2020

On May 12, 2020, the Federal Reserve Bank of New York (the Federal Reserve) announced further updates to the 2020 Term Asset-Backed Securities Loan Facility (TALF 2020), including an updated term sheet and its release of the first TALF 2020 FAQs (FAQs). The FAQs clarify key terms of TALF 2020 and detail the operational mechanics of obtaining a TALF loan...

COVID-19 Legal Briefing: Focus on Employment and Public Health Standards
SyCip Salazar Hernandez & Gatmaitan, May 2020

This briefing takes a deeper dive into the labor and employment aspect of COVID-19 issuances. Some of the guidelines here are covered in our The Return-to-Work-Checklist for Philippine Companies. A.  Operating establishments have been directed to comply with public health standards prescribed by the Department of Health (DOH), Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) and the Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE) 1.  The DTI issued DTI Memorandum Circular No...

New MECQ Guidelines Issued by the IATF; IPOPHL Re-Opens on May 25
SyCip Salazar Hernandez & Gatmaitan, May 2020

  This is a briefing on the following issuances as of May 16, 2020 in relation to the COVID-19 pandemic:  No Mandatory Testing of Returning Workers  What is MECQ? New Normal?  Business Allowed to Operate During MECQ  Other Key Things to Remember in a MECQ Area  Intellectual Property Office of the Philippines (IPOPHL) Resumes On-site Operations on May 25, 2  The Inter-Agency Task Force for the Management of Emerging Infectious Diseases (IATF) ha

 

 

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