Labor & Employment

Practical Summary Frequent Covid-19 issues faced by employers in the Czech Republic, Slovakia and Romania

Most important restrictions currently applied by state (as of March 16, 2020):

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Colombia’s labor & employment measures related to the Covid-19 outbreak

I. Ministry of Labor

a. Guidelines for employers and employees concerning the Covid-19 outbreak

The Ministry of Labor issued Circular No. 017 of 2020, establishing the guidelines for public and private employers, independent contractors and professional risks insurance companies regarding the Covid-19 outbreak and the recommendations for employees depending on the possibility of contagion identifying three levels of contact with the virus: direct, indirect and medium.

The Ministry’s recommendations are the following:

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Labor and employment law in times of COVID-19 – an overview

COVID-19 takes control over the world. In Germany, too, the impact on daily life is huge. In order to slow down the spread of the virus, the government restricts public life as much as possible. This has significant effects on working life: domestic quarantine, children without care in kindergarten and school, staff sent home, business trips cancelled. From the perspective of labor and employment law, those effects can be managed with the existing instruments. However, it is to be expected that the legislator will rapidly create further solutions.

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New York Suspends 7-Day Waiting Period for Unemployment Benefits Due to COVID-19

As many employers and employees in the State of New York know, when an individual files claims for unemployment insurance benefits, New York Labor Law, Section 590, Subdivision 7, has a mandatory seven day waiting period before unemployment benefits may be paid.

On March 7, 2020, Governor Andrew Cuomo issued Executive Order No. 202.1, declaring a State disaster emergency for the entire State of New York (the “Order”). The Order, which is entitled “Suspension and Modification of Laws Relating to the Disaster Emergency,” suspends and modifies many existing laws.

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Coronavirus (COVID-19) Impact on Immigration Compliance and Travel Restrictions

With the coronavirus (COVID-19) declared a pandemic by the World Health Organization, federal, state, and local governments around the world are implementing travel bans and quarantine restrictions swiftly and without much warning. As employers implement work from home measures and limited travel policies, it is important to consider their impact on foreign nationals with employer-sponsored work visa status. Read more…

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Opinion | Erin McCool: COVID-19: What should employers know?

As COVID-19 continues to spread through our communities, the state and federal governments are beginning to take actions intended to protect businesses and employees.

The most pressing questions that employers are dealing with include how to protect their workers from contracting the virus and what to do if any employee has either contracted the virus, has been quarantined, or has a family member that has contracted the virus or been quarantined. Read more…

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Labor & Employment Alert >> The Families First Coronavirus Response Act: What Employers Need to Know

On March 14, 2020, the House passed the Families First Coronavirus Response Act (the Act), which the Senate is expected to approve in sum and substance sometime this week. President Trump has expressed approval for the legislation, which will go into effect 15 days after the Act is signed into law and will continue through December 31, 2020. Read more…

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COVID-19 Bill with FMLA leave and sick pay provisions is passed by House and moves to Senate

In response to the unprecedented impact of the Coronavirus (COVID-19), on March 14 the  U.S. House of Representatives passed the Families First Coronavirus Response Act, which is intended to provide a broad range of assistance to businesses and individuals. Specifically, for employers and employees the bill includes measures that will expand the FMLA and provide for emergency paid leave for employers of 500 or fewer employees. The bill would extend these protections through the end of 2020.  Read more…

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Covid-19 | Legal solutions in Latvia

Due to potential risks, on 13 March 2020 the Parliament approved decision of the Cabinet and an emergency situation was declared in Latvia until 14 April 2020 in connection with the rapid spread of coronavirus disease (COVID–19) in Europe and also in Latvia. Read more…

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Koronavirus – työvoiman lomauttaminen työnantajan näkökulmasta

Koronavirus aiheuttaa tällä hetkellä erilaisia häiriöitä elinkeinoelämään. Pandemia voi useilla aloilla johtaa kysynnän hiljenemiseen, häiriöihin tuotantoketjussa tai muihin vastaaviin vaikeuksiin, jotka supistavat yritysten liikevaihtoa tai jopa keskeyttävät toiminnan kokonaan. Työnantajilla saattaa tällaisessa tilanteessa syntyä tarve työvoiman lomauttamiselle. Esitän tässä kirjoituksessa lyhyesti ja yleisluonteisesti muutamia erilaisia keinoja, joihin työnantajat voivat turvautua tällaisessa tilanteessa. Kirjoituksessa ei ole mahdollista vastata läheskään kaikkiin kysymyksiin, jotka työnantajan tulee selvittää tapauskohtaisesti. Read more…

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