Europe

New rules on registration of software as medical device in Russia

According to art. 38 of the Law on fundamental healthcare principles the software used for medical purposes has a legal status of medical device. Therefore, market turnover of such software in Russia is allowed only after software is registered before the Federal Service for Surveillance in Healthcare (Roszdravnadzor).

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COVID-19: Ny hjælpepakke på vej til små og mellemstore virksomheder

Ny hjælpepakke skal forbedre likviditeten for de små og mellemstore virksomheder og dermed hjælpe dem igennem de udfordringer, som den nuværende sundhedskrise medfører. Pakken omfatter momskredit for små og mellemstore virksomheder og udskydelse af B-skatterater for selvstændigt erhvervsdrivende. Read more…

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COVID-19: casting a spotlight on Facilities Management outsourcing

At the time of writing, the UK is officially moving to the “delay” phase, with government advising that anyone with a new, continuous cough or a high temperature self-isolates for at least 7 days.

With the FM sector already facing some headwinds such as the fallout of Carillion and other high profile insolvencies, the prolonged uncertainty caused by Brexit, concerns that new immigration rules may lead to staff shortages, and the impact of IR35 on the contingent workforce, some of the main challenges and issues for the Facilities Management sector are summarised below: Read more…

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Force majeure i offentlige anskaffelser?

Hvilke regler gjelder for force majeure i offentlige kontrakter? I denne artikkelen gir vi en oversikt over når du som leverandør til offentlig sektor kan påberope deg force majeure pga koronautbruddet, samt forhold du nå bør være ekstra oppmerksom på ved inngivelse av tilbud til offentlig sektor.

Problemstilling

Det pågående koronautbruddet og tiltak fra offentlige myndigheter kan ha store konsekvenser for løpende kontrakter, for eksempel gjennom begrensninger i vareflyt, valutasvingninger, råvareknapphet og produksjonsstanser. Det offentliges innkjøp reguleres av anskaffelsesreglene, som i noen grad kan oppfattes som lite fleksible i situasjoner som den vi nå står overfor. Det er likevel rom for tilpasninger, men dette vil stille seg litt ulikt etter hvilken fase av anskaffelsesprosessen en er i. 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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COVID-19: A message from our Managing Partner

I am reaching out to advise you that we have put in place measures to ensure the continuity of our service to you, our valued clients during this unprecedented time. The investments we have made in technology through our multiple locations in Dublin, Cork and Limerick mean that we are well positioned to continue to service your legal needs.

We have implemented remote working arrangements across our offices consistent with best practice and our wellness programme for our colleagues. We have Data Protection Policies & Procedures and Cyber Security Protocols in place to govern remote working.

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COVID-19: Lay-Off and Short-Time

This article is the second in a series aimed at assisting businesses through the current unprecedented COVID-19 situation. On this occasion Shane Costelloe discusses lay-off and short-time and sets out guidance based on questions that have arisen in the marketplace. The first in the series COVID-19: Practical Steps for Employers can be viewed here.

Introduction

With a daily escalation of economic and social uncertainty for the people of Ireland, business owners and management teams have tough corporate decisions to make. When faced with a potential decrease in turnover, decision makers within businesses will need to cut costs in order to survive, and for most businesses their greatest overhead is personnel. Unfortunately, it may be inevitable that businesses consider if a temporary or permanent adjustment of staff numbers is required. Whilst we will look at redundancy in a future article, the purpose of this briefing is to inform employers on the process of implementing a lay-off or short-time restructuring of staff through a selection of FAQs.

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CORONAVIRUS: POWER TO PROVIDE INFORMATION AND INSTRUCTIONS TO EMPLOYERS

Is an employee obliged to provide his employer with information about his state of health on request and / or to be tested for the Corona virus?
A general obligation to provide information regarding contagious diseases is to be answered in the affirmative if this disease could endanger work colleagues and other third parties. In the case of infectious diseases according to the epidemic law, such as the corona virus, the duty of loyalty owed by the employee also requires proactive information from the employer so that the employer can immediately take protective measures against the other employees.

If an employee has been infected with the corona virus or if he is in an officially ordered quarantine because of a specific suspicion of the infection, he is in any case obliged to inform his employer immediately.

However, without showing symptoms, an employee cannot be ordered by his employer to undergo a corona virus test, even if he has recently returned from an area at risk. In this case, the employer is only free to temporarily release the employee concerned to protect the rest of the workforce. Read more…

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CONTRACTUAL PROBLEMS RELATED TO THE CORONA VIRUS

FORCE MAJEURE, LOSS OF BUSINESS FOUNDATION AND LOSS MITIGATION OBLIGATIONS

What is the recommended procedure for companies with contractual law problems with contract partners, especially from China, who rely on force majeure in connection with the corona virus

  1. Contract review

First, a look at the contract text is recommended. Many international contracts between entrepreneurs contain clauses on legal consequences in the event of force majeure (so-called “force majeure” clauses). These can be designed in very different ways. Most of the time, the requirements and the deadline for assertion and the effects on the contractual relationship are precisely regulated. In most cases, such a clause stipulates that performance obligations are suspended for the duration of the Force Majeure. Often, a disclaimer is agreed at the same time and obligations to communicate are triggered. Epidemics are mostly covered by the contractual definition of force majeure. Read more…

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