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Measures to Mitigate the Effects of COVID-19 on the Tourism Sector – Rescheduling of a Package Tour
Kocian Solc Balastik, April 2020

  On 6 April 2020, the Government approved a bill on certain measures to mitigate the impact of the SARS-CoV-2 coronavirus epidemic on the tourism sector. On 8 April 2020, the bill will be discussed by the Chamber of Deputies Committee for Public Administration and Regional Development and subsequently by the Chamber of Deputies. The Act applies to package tours starting on 20 February 2020 through to 31 August 2020...

COVID II Programme - Government Financial Support for Self-Employed and Small and Medium-Sized Enterprises
Kocian Solc Balastik, April 2020

Aid for self-employed persons and small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) affected by anti-coronavirus measures pursuant to the Czech Government’s 'COVID GUARANTEE' programme was exhausted in one day. On Monday, March 30, 2020, the terms and conditions of the follow-up COVID II program will be published, in which CZK 5 billion should be available. The rush of applications is expected, so action needs to be taken quickly and not delayed...

State of COVID Emergency Conditions -What Does "State of Emergency" Actually Mean and What are the Powers of the Government in the Regard?
Kocian Solc Balastik, April 2020

What does "state of emergency" actually meanand what are the powers of the Government in the regard? Can someone claim damages incurred in relation to the state of emergency? State of Emergency With effect from 12 March 2020 at 2 pm, the Government of the Czech Republic (the “Government”) has declared a state of emergency for 30 days for the territory of the Czech Republic due to health threats related to the presence of coronavirus in the Czech Republic (Governme

Impact of the Government COVID Measures on Employment Relations
Kocian Solc Balastik, April 2020

The current situation has a considerable impact on employment relations...

What Impact may the current COVID-19 situation have on your contractual obligations?
Kocian Solc Balastik, April 2020

Many governmentalregulations may prevent contractual obligations from being duly fulfilled. How can you best handlethe performance, or more precisely, thenon-performance of your contracts? Force majeure Section 2913 of Act No. 89/2012 Coll...

New Measures Implemented by the UAE Authorities in Response to COVID-19 [14 April 2020]
Afridi & Angell, April 2020

Below is a summary of key new measures and initiatives that have been implemented by various UAE authorities since 9 April 2020 and the time of this inBrief, 6:00 p.m. on Monday, 13 April 2020.   Commercial Activity On 13 April 2020 the Dubai Department of Economic Development issued a circular on the re-opening of some commercial activities and emphasised that these activities must continue to comply with preventive guidelines, including operating only between the hours of 8:00 a.m...

Measures Implemented by the Dubai International Financial Centre (DIFC) in Response to COVID-19
Afridi & Angell, April 2020

Below is a summary of key relief and operational measures implemented by the DIFC since 1 April 2020 and the time of this inBrief, 6:00 p.m. on Saturday, 11 April 2020. Dubai Financial Services Authority (DFSA) announces relief measures On Tuesday, 7 April 2020, the DFSA announced a number of relief measures to support their clients during this time of stress and uncertainty. These measures are aimed at both new firms setting up in the DIFC as well as existing authorised firms...

English Law COVID-19 Q&A Series - Ship Refit and Repair Contracts
Haynes and Boone, LLP, April 2020

Does the Covid-19 pandemic (or actions taken to counter the spread of Covid-19) constitute a Force Majeure in a refit/ repair contract? Is there any implied right of relief for the contractor or the owner? Under English law, unlike civil law systems, a force majeure is neither defined nor automatically applicable to commercial contracts...

New Measures Implemented by the UAE Authorities in Response to COVID-19 (8 April 2020)
Afridi & Angell, April 2020

Below is a summary of key new measures and initiatives that have been implemented and announced by various UAE authorities since 6 April 2020 and the time of this inBrief, 6:00 p.m. on Wednesday, 8 April 2020...

DOJ Won’t Challenge Collaborative Efforts of FEMA and Medical Suppliers to Provide Emergency Supplies
Dykema, April 2020

On Saturday, April 4, 2020, the Antitrust Division of the U.S. Department of Justice (“DOJ”) issued a business review letter to a number of providers of Personal Protective Equipment (“PPE”) and pharmaceutical products, stating that the DOJ “presently does not intend to challenge” their efforts to expedite and increase manufacturing, sourcing, and distribution of PPE and medications in connection with Project Airbridge...

DOJ and FTC Issue Joint Antitrust Statement Regarding Collaboration During COVID-19 Crisis
Dykema, April 2020

Even though the COVID-19 crisis has shuttered many government and commercial activities, the nation’s antitrust regulators are still very much open for business...

New Measures Implemented by the UAE Authorities in Response to COVID-19
Afridi & Angell, April 2020

This supplements our inBrief dated 3 April 2020, which reported on measures implemented by the UAE authorities in response to COVID-19 up to 9:00 a.m. that day. Many new measures have been introduced since then. We now report on new measures taken up to 9:00 a.m. on Monday 6 April 2020...

Further Measures Implemented by the UAE Authorities in Response to COVID-19
Afridi & Angell, April 2020

The UAE continues to implement new measures on a daily basis to curb the spread of COVID-19. Those measures are being adopted, announced and implemented at a very rapid pace. For ease of reference, we present here a summary of the key measures that have been implemented by various UAE authorities between 18 March 2020 and the time of this inBrief, 9:00 a.m. on Friday, 3 April 2020...

The Trump Administration Again Expands Its Use of the Defense Production Act to Combat the Coronavirus Pandemic
Haynes and Boone, LLP, April 2020

On April 2, President Trump moved to use the Defense Production Act of 1950 (“DPA”) to expand the authority of the Department of Homeland Security to intervene in the private sector to order and prioritize production of supplies and equipment needed to address the coronavirus pandemic...

COVID-19: Temporary Changes to Foreign Investment in Australia
MinterEllison, April 2020

With the Treasurer's recent announcement on Sunday 29 March 2020 that monetary screening thresholds have been reduced for all foreign investors, our team takes you through what this means for potential transactions. With the Treasurer's recent announcement on Sunday 29 March 2020 that screening thresholds have been reduced for all foreign investors, our team takes you through what this means for potential acquisitions...

COVID-19 - "Antivirus Programme" - Key Financial Assistance for Employers in the Czech Republic - Part II
Kocian Solc Balastik, April 2020

(continuation from Part I - separate article) Part II - "Antivirus Programme" - Financial Assistance to Czech Employers   The Ministry of Labour and Social Affairs was mandated by the Government to further prepare a compensation program for entrepreneurs who continue to operate but whose production has decreased due to measures (category C of the Antivirus Programme)...

COVID 19: How the Changed FIRB Rules Affect the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission (ACCC) and the Australian Taxation Office (ATO)
MinterEllison, March 2020

As a result of the COVID-19 changes to foreign investment in Australia announced on Sunday, investors that are now caught by the Foreign Investment Review Board (FIRB) regime will also be subject to scrutiny from other regulators. Our team explains what this means for investors and what they can do to manage this process...

Measures Taken by the Chilean National Customs Service Regarding COVID-19
Carey, March 2020

Considering the Covid-19 pandemic and Chile's declaration of a State of Catastrophe, the National Customs Service ("Servicio Nacional de Aduanas," SNA) has issued certain regulation to facilitate electronic foreign and domestic trade operations and to protect the health of people involved in its operations. Regulations currently in force and effect: A. Circular Letter No...

Effects of the COVID-19 Pandemic on Contractual Relations
Heuking Kühn Lüer Wojtek, March 2020

For all parties, the question arises at present as to what effects COVID-19 will have on existing contractual relationships – specifically, who will bear the economic burden of the pandemic. In the following is a brief overview: 1...

The Usefulness of a Business Continuity Plan in Times of Crisis
SMS - San Martin, Suarez y Asociados, March 2020

Perhaps, one of the facts which creates the highest expectations among those of us who manage the second or third defense line is risk materialization. That is to say, for a risk to become an event and generate some kind of impact. And from there on, the possibility of verifying the effectiveness of the controls designed, the residual risk and feeding back the matrix...

Tariff Exclusions on Medical Goods Due to COVID-19 Pandemic, the Exclusion Extension Process, and Other US-China Trade Developments
Dinsmore & Shohl LLP, March 2020

The United States Trade Representative (USTR) announced a period for public comment on excluding medical goods from Section 301 China tariffs if they are needed to fight the coronavirus pandemic. The USTR notice was published in the Federal Register on March 25, 2020. The USTR previously granted approximately 200 exclusions from Section 301 tariffs for medical goods because they are needed to fight the COVID-19 pandemic. The U.S...

COVID-19 - Impact of the Czech Government Measures on Employment Relations
Kocian Solc Balastik, March 2020

Impact of the Czech Government measures on employment relations The current situation has a considerable impact on employment relations...

COVID-19 II Relief Programme – Czech Government Financial Support for Self-Employed and Small and Medium-Sized Enterprises - Urgent Approaching Deadline for Submissions
Kocian Solc Balastik, March 2020

COVID II programme – Government financial support for self-employed and small and medium-sized enterprises   Aid for self-employed persons ('self-employed') and small and medium-sized enterprises ('SMEs') affected by anti-coronavirus measures pursuant to the Czech Government’s 'COVID GUARANTEE' programme was exhausted in one day...

COVID-19 - Czech Government Approves Tax Mitigation Measures Related to Coronavirus Emergency UPDATED
Kocian Solc Balastik, March 2020

Czech Government Approves Mitigation Measures Related to Coronavirus Emergency UPDATED   In connection with the coronavirus emergency, the Czech government has approved a liberation tax package aimed at mitigating the consequences of the emergency...

Covid-19 Czech Health Ministry's Special Measures
Kocian Solc Balastik, March 2020

Czech Health Ministry's Special Measures UPDATED   The government explicitly stated in the Emergency Resolution that the Health Ministry’s existing emergency measures are not to be affected by the state of emergency, which means that they remain valid and must be observed. All the Health Ministry’s special measures introduced valid after the emergency was announced must be observed as well. A brief summary (updated on 19March 2020) is outlined below...

 

 

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