Europe

Uncovering the COVID-19 Return to Work Protocol

Many employers are now arranging for employees to return to the workplace after, what has hopefully been, the peak of the COVID-19 pandemic in Ireland. Our employment law expert, Shane Costelloe, unmasks the Return to Work Safety Protocol

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Time Does Not Stand Still for Litigants

In light of the ongoing coronavirus pandemic, with many law firms working remotely and going “virtual”, as well as the Irish Court system being effectively closed, save for urgent matters, legal practitioners and their clients should be particularly mindful of the consequences of delay in relation to progressing legal proceedings.

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Temporary Layoffs during the COVID-19 Crisis

Companies have asked “Can an employer do temporary layoffs?” and want the answer in a short, summary format – and the ILN has answered – 14 member jurisdictions have weighed in with concise responses to help guide your business in the current crisis.

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Covid-19 in Latvia: Updates in regulatory enactments

General

  • As of 15 May 2020, the Baltic States resumed their international passenger air, sea, bus, and rail services.
  • Transport and passenger transport service providers and passengers, cargo or technical flight crew, performing their work duties or seafarers going to their jobs on board or returning therefrom, as well as foreigners, where the need to bring them into Latvia for compliance of the obligations of merchants has been confirmed by the Latvian Investment and Development Agency, are allowed to cross the external and internal borders of the European Union in the territory of Latvia.
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Law Firm ILN-telligence Podcast | Episode 1: Pal Jalsovszky, Jalsovszky Law Firm | Budapest, Hungary

We’re thrilled to announce that a few weeks ago, we debuted our new podcast, Law Firm ILN-telligence, where we bring you real intelligence from real law firms. The first episode, I interviewed Pal Jalsovszky, the managing partner of Jalsovszky Law Firm in Budapest, Hungary and a member firm of the International Lawyers Network. We talked about the importance of communication during this time of pandemic (both with colleagues and clients), why this is a marathon, and not a sprint, and best practices for managing a law firm in uncertain times.

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Covid-19 in Latvia: State of Emergency extended until 9 June 2020

General

  • From 12 May 2020, it is allowed to hold public events both indoors and outdoors, by observing distance of 2 meters. The number of participants in the event may not exceed 25 people, and the maximum duration of the event shall be 3 hours;
  • Mouth and nose cover shall be worn when using public transport;
  • From 12 May 2020, museums, libraries, the National Archive will be able to gradually resume operations, the same applies to cultural events that can be observed from personal auto transport (drive-in events);
  • The shopping centres can be open on weekends and holidays;
  • From 12 May 2020, it is allowed to organize tourism services for travel only in Latvia, Lithuania, and Estonia.
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Russia’s Supreme Court provides another set of recommendations on case handling in the light of COVID-19

Russia’s Supreme Court provides another set of recommendations on case handling in the light of COVID-19

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The Supreme Court encourages courts to follow his example and hold trials online

In view of the ruling of the Presidium of the Supreme Court of the Russian Federation and the Presidium of the Council of Judges of the Russian Federation from March 18, 20201 Russian courts have been working in a new “self-isolated” regime for just over a month. Personal reception of citizens in courts is suspended, it is recommended to submit documents through electronic reception of courts, and courts are considering only certain categories of cases.

The Supreme Court has already drawn up the results of the first month of work in the new regime2. From March 18 to April 20, 2020 the courts received 225.2 thousand documents in electronic form – this is one and a half times or 77.3 thousand documents more than for the same period of the previous year. More than 286 million times, citizens have used the state automation system “Pravosudiye” (Justice). Also by the end of May a system of online familiarization with case materials is planned to be introduced in all commercial courts of all instances3.

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Employers Liability during COVID 19

Robert Kennedy, partner offers some practical guidance about likely employers’ liability claims that may stem from the coronavirus and highlight the key elements of such a claim, including employers duties, risk assessments and causation.

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Business Interruption & COVID-19: What risks are covered?

Considering widespread business closures, Michael Murphy takes an in-depth look at the impact of COVID-19 on business interruption insurance with a focus upon the following specific issues:

  1. Why this is such a key issue for insurers and policyholders?
  2. Are you entitled to claim for your business interruption losses?
  3. How do insurers reach their determinations on such claims?
  4. What do you do if you disagree with the insurer’s determination?
  5. Can insurers be forced to pay out for these business interruption losses?
  6. What is going to happen on these issues going forward?
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