‘Unprecedented’ is surely the word of choice this year.  In a matter of months, coronavirus has redefined the way we work, live and interact with one another.  The various restrictions imposed to try and reduce the spread have profoundly impacted the global economy and things are almost certain to get worse before they improve.  In the midst of all of this, there is, however, some cause for optimism in the residential property market in Scotland where there has been a sharp rise in house prices with few properties staying on the market for long before successful sales are achieved. Read more…

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All information contain within this update is accurate at the time of publication. During these unprecedented times where the situation is constantly changing at pace it is vital that you take expert advice where necessary. Please do not hesitate to contact us if you wish to discuss any issues covered in these updates further. The Hill Brown Licensing Team and the wider team at Miller Samuel Hill Brown remain committed to providing the fullest possible service for the trade at this extremely challenging time. Read more…

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ILN Releases Paper on Paid Leave in Central and South America

Are employees entitled to paid leave due to Covid-19? See what our lawyers in Central and South America have to say. Read more…

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International Challenges to Dismissing Employees During the COVID-19 Pandemic

Outside of the United States, terminating employees can be difficult even in “normal” times.  The concept of “at-will” employment is uniquely American, and generally, employers in non-US jurisdictions only may terminate employment for “cause” or for other statutorily permitted reasons.  Moreover, terminated employees in many countries are entitled to statutory notice, severance and other benefits, which is far more the exception than the rule for US employees.

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ILN Releases Paper on Paid Leave in EMEA

The following paper aims to succinctly address the question “Are employees entitled to paid leave due to Covid-19?” in the EMEA region. Read more…

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Extension for holding AGM for FY 2020

The Ministry of Corporate Affairs (MCA) has given directions to extend the due date for holding Annual General Meetings for the financial year ending on March 31, 2020, taking into account the difficulties faced due to Covid-19 pandemic situation in the country.

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Rule 6: If You’re Sick, Stay Home – Return to Work in the Time of COVID-19

Part 6 of a series featuring our video Rules of the Road: Return to Work in the Time of COVID-19.

Simple in theory. Challenging in practice.

While we all intuitively know that we should stay home when we are feeling unwell, a fall 2019 survey suggests just the opposite—that approximately 90% of workers generally “push through” and come to work anyway. The reality is that employees come to work when they are sick for a myriad of reasons: to stay atop long to-do lists, meet production goals, because they think the business would crumble without them, or that somehow taking a sick day and staying home might be a sign of weakness. Given the current environment, there is also the very real financial reality and concern of missing a day’s worth of pay, particularly for those in economically vulnerable positions.

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The Stockdale Paradox and its Pandemic Relevance

If you’ve been hanging around Zen for a while, you may have heard me mention one of my favorite business concepts, the Stockdale Paradox. It’s something that I’ve been thinking a lot about over the last several weeks (I’ll define it in a moment if you’re not familiar with it), because I’ve heard a lot of people saying things along the lines of “if we can just get through the next few months to 2021,” or “I can’t wait for this year to be over!” as if the pandemic or the economic crisis or in the case of the US, our elections, will solve all of the current issues that we’re facing.

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Luxembourg’s Teleworking Agreements with Neighboring Countries Remove Tax and Social Security Burdens During the COVID-19 Pandemic

As we have previously highlighted, many countries have introduced creative new approaches to address the economic realities of the COVID-19 pandemic.  As employees continue to work from home and employers reconsider whether employees must return to the workplace at all, some jurisdictions are implementing measures to accommodate the needs and interests of both employers and employees in the ever-changing and evolving employment environment.  Luxembourg is yet another example of a country that has sought to develop solutions with its neighboring nations to ease the economic burden of the COVID-19 pandemic on workers.

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The pandemic situation related to the NCovid-19 virus spread, as it has been declared by the World Health Organization, and the effects of the measures introduced, both at a national and international level, are raising serious challenges to companies and families, which could jeopardize the stability of business and, consequently, of the worldwide economy.

From a legal standpoint, it is necessary to assess if the above-mentioned outbreak constitutes, or not, a force majeure situation, especially regarding its effects on the fulfilment of contracts. Read more…

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