Europe

Moscow city Duma proposed to legalise remote work in the Labour Code of the Russian Federation

Deputies of the Moscow city Duma introduced a bill1 suggesting adding provisions for remote work to the Labour Code. The ground for making such amendments are the difficulties in formalising transfer of employees to remote work which the employers faced during the pandemic.

As indicated in the explanatory memorandum to the bill, “at present, a significant part of citizens, due to the current epidemiological situation, temporarily or partially (according to a special schedule) carries out their work in remote form, that is, outside the main stationary workplace”. Indeed, non-working days declared in Russia were only nominative non-working: the majority of employees proceeded to work from home. It was a kind of challenge for many employers, since the existing legislation does not provide for the possibility of remote, rather than distant work (for differences see here).

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Emergency situation in Latvia due to Covid-19 revoked

On 10 June 2020, the state of emergency was abolished in Latvia, but at the same time the state aid measures and restrictions imposed (with certain exceptions) remain in force.

On Friday, 5 June 2020, the Saeima adopted the Law on Overcoming the Consequences of the Spread of Covid-19 Infectionwhich entered into force on June 10 and will regulate the state aid measures and determine the measures to prevent the consequences of Covid-19 after the end of the emergency situation on 9 June 2020.

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Temporary Layoffs during the COVID-19 Crisis – Updated

Companies have asked “Can an employer do temporary layoffs?” and want the answer in a short, summary format – and the ILN has answered – 17 member jurisdictions have weighed in with concise responses to help guide your business in the current crisis.

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Securing a foothold for a successful rebound from the economic effects of COVID-19

How well prepared are Ireland’s banks for COVID-19?

Going into the pandemic recession banks are assessing their position. Brian McEnery and Harry Fehily crunch the figures. Irish banks seem to be in a better position facing into the current pandemic crisis as compared to their position entering the 2008 Global Financial Crisis. A number of strategies and policies will assist the Irish banks to weather the storm and assist our economy.  [Going into the pandemic recession banks are assessing their position. Brian McEnery and Harry Fehily crunch the figures]Read here.

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Debt recovery: Landscape change in High Court summary judgment procedure

A recent Supreme Court decision focuses on lenders using the High Court summary summons procedure for debt recovery. Eadaoin Jackson looks at what this decision means for lenders going forward

In brief: In Bank of Ireland v O’Malley, the Supreme Court held that if a lender wishes to use the High Court summary summons procedure for debt recovery, it will be required to explain each of the component elements of the debt claimed.

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Pandemic Stabilisation and Recovery Fund

George Kennedy, Partner takes a look at the governments Pandemic Stablisation and Recovery Fund.

In brief: The Minister for Finance and Public Expenditure & Reform, Paschal Donohoe TD, announced recently that the Ireland Strategic Investment Fund (ISIF) will make available a new €2 billion fund to support medium and large enterprises in Ireland affected by the COVID-19 crisis.

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How well prepared are Ireland’s banks for COVID-19?

Going into the pandemic recession banks are assessing their position. Brian McEnery and Harry Fehily crunch the figures

In brief: Irish banks seem to be in a better position facing into the current pandemic crisis as compared to their position entering the 2008 Global Financial Crisis. A number of strategies and policies will assist the Irish banks to weather the storm and assist our economy.

Where is the banking sector now compared to the 2008 Global Financial Crisis?

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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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