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England

Platform: A Town Centre Property Innovation Programme

We’re excited to announce that Shoosmiths is one of the partners behind Platform – a six-month campaign that aims to make town centre property more accessible to communities and businesses. Being based in thirteen locations across the UK and with many clients whose businesses... More
 
Kentucky

Ohio COVID-19 Indoor Air Quality Assistance Program Expands Eligible Entities and Extends Reimbursement Deadline

The Ohio COVID-19 Indoor Air Quality Assistance Program allows eligible private employers to receive reimbursement for eligible inspections, assessments, maintenance, and/or improvements to indoor heating, ventilation, and air conditioning systems to help control the spread of COVID-19.... More

 
Chile

New Tax Measures to Mitigate the Impact of the Health Emergency on People and Companies are Published

On April 24, Supreme Decree No. 611 of the Ministry of Finance was published, which authorizes some authorities to extend and establish certain tax measures to mitigate the impact of the health emergency caused by COVID-19 on people and companies. In particular, the new decree establishes... More
 
Cambodia

[Infographic] Key Considerations & Issues on COVID-19 Vaccine Rollout in the Lao PDR

As COVID-19 vaccinations roll out in the Lao PDR we take this opportunity to answer some of the key questions that are being raised by employers and employees. In our publication and at our upcoming live event, our labor experts outline the rights and obligations of employers and employees... More

 
South Africa

Africa Regulatory Insight: Coronavirus (COVID-19) Regulatory Measures

ENSafrica recently released Africa Regulatory Insight: Coronavirus (COVID-19) Regulatory Measures. This comprehensive report outlines the COVID-19 regulatory measures for each country across Sub-Sahara Africa, providing the sector, measure, effective date/status and key points and impact... More
 
British Columbia

Can I Bring My Dog to Work After COVID-19?

As we look forward to returning to our normal routines, after we have all had the opportunity to be vaccinated, many people are wondering what permanent workplace changes will remain in place or will be introduced for workers; as well as the pets they either acquired or became more attached... More

 
United Arab Emirates

COVID-19 Measures in Dubai and Abu Dhabi

New measures to curb the “second wave” of COVID-19 cases have been introduced by the Dubai Supreme Committee of Crisis and Disaster Management (the Dubai Committee) and the Abu Dhabi Emergency Crisis and Disasters Committee for COVID-19 Pandemic (the Abu Dhabi Committee). On 1... More
 
Barbados

COVID-19: Barbados Regulatory Update

In December 2019, health officials in Wuhan, China informed the World Health Organization ("WHO") of a strain of "pneumonia" affecting members of its population.1 This "pneumonia" was later identified as a severe acute respiratory syndrome coronavirus... More

England

Platform: A Town Centre Property Innovation Programme

We’re excited to announce that Shoosmiths is one of the partners behind Platform – a six-month campaign that aims to make town centre property more accessible to communities and businesses. Being based in thirteen locations across the UK and with many clients whose businesses... More
Italy

New Emergency Measures Adopted after the “Sostegni Decree”

Below is an update on the most relevant employment law measures adopted after the Decree of March 22, 2021, no. 41 (the so-called “Sostegni Decree”) within the framework of the COVID-19 emergency legislation and the on-going vaccination campaign. Before entering into the details of the... More

Portugal

Initial Assessment of the Impact of Possible Legislative Changes in the Pharmaceutical Sector

The COVID-19 pandemic has exposed the difficulties in reacting at European level to a major health crisis and the intention of the European Commission is to respond more effectively to future problems in the area of health. As a result, it is currently conducting an initial assessment of... More
Israel

Israel Reopens the Skies for Foreign Experts and Businessmen

Further to the decline of the Covid-19 spread in Israel after the successful vaccination rollout, Israel has announced changes in foreign entry policy into the country, which will allow, among others, the regular entry of foreign experts and businessmen. These reliefs come after several... More

Romania

Employment Flash No. 4/2021 – News on the General Template Documents for Technical Unemployment Support and Days Off for Parents

07.04.2021 – The Ministerial Order no. 214/22.02.2021 for approving the template documents provided by art. 53¹ para. (12) of the Labor Code was published within the Official Gazette no. 350 dated April 6th, 2021. These new legal provisions introduce the templates for the... More
Hungary

Continued Flexibility for Employers and Third Wave Hits Hungary - Will this be the 'New Normal'?

On February 22, the government extended the state of emergency by 90 days, to May 23. The extension also applies to the transitional provisions the government passed in the earlier phase of the pandemic for the protection of health and the economy. Among these transitional rules is the... More

Austria

Bankruptcy Avoidance - But How? An Important Step in Facilitating the Preventive Restructuring of Companies

Good news in times of crisis: The eagerly awaited draft of the Restructuring and Insolvency Directive Implementation Act (RIRL-UG) was published yesterday. The law with which Directive (EU) 2019/1023 (Restructuring Directive) is implemented in Austria is to come into force on... More
Belgium

Occupational Doctors' Enhanced Role in Combating COVID-19: Contact Tracing, Quarantine Certificates and Testing

Introduction On 21 January 2021 a new royal decree was published in the Official Gazette which has temporarily extended occupational doctors' role in combating the COVID-19 pandemic in the workplace. Occupational doctors will be contact tracers in the workplace and in this... More

Kentucky

Ohio COVID-19 Indoor Air Quality Assistance Program Expands Eligible Entities and Extends Reimbursement Deadline

The Ohio COVID-19 Indoor Air Quality Assistance Program allows eligible private employers to receive reimbursement for eligible inspections, assessments, maintenance, and/or improvements to indoor heating, ventilation, and air conditioning systems to help control the spread of COVID-19.... More
Alabama

The Long Shadow: COVID-19 Continues to Pose Significant Compliance Challenges for Mortgage Servicers

The COVID-19 Pandemic has wreaked havoc on the mortgage servicing industry, putting significant strain on both mortgage servicers and their borrowers. During this pandemic, mortgage servicers are faced with the difficult task of trying to help the significant population of borrowers... More

Michigan

Notable Tax Provisions of President Biden's Proposed American Families Plan

On April 28, 2021, President Biden addressed a Joint Session of Congress unveiling his proposals to invest in and restructure the American economy. In his address to Congress, President Biden formally announced his American Families Plan (the “AFP”) which combines $1 trillion in... More
California

Buchalter COVID-19 Client Alert: DFPI Reminds Debt Collectors about Rental Protections for COVID-19 Rental Debt

Acting under its new Debt Collection Licensing Act licensing administration and enforcement authority granted by SB 908, the DFPI Commissioner issued a public statement on April 9th reminding all future license applicants under the Debt Collection Licensing Act of California’s renter... More

Georgia

Shuttered Venue Operators Grant

The Shuttered Venue Operators Grant (SVOG) is a new federally-funded program providing emergency assistance for eligible venues adversely affected by COVID-19. The program, administered by the Small Business Administration’s (SBA) Office of Disaster Assistance, will offer over $16... More
New York

American Rescue Plan Act: New Guidance on COBRA Premium Assistance

The American Rescue Plan Act (“ARPA”) became law in March of this year. One of the many relief provisions included in ARPA is a temporary subsidy of COBRA continuation premiums for certain individuals, summarized in our prior alert, found here. On April 7, the Department of... More

Tennessee

Consumer Financial Protection Bureau Rescinds COVID-Related Relief

Recently, the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) rescinded seven policy statements issued during 2020 that provided temporary relief for financial institutions in consumer financial markets including mortgages, credit reporting, credit cards and prepaid cards. When... More
Virginia

Legal Considerations of Employer-Provided Covid-19 Vaccine Incentives

Covid-19 has left employers who want their employees back in the office in a difficult position. With the pandemic still raging, many employees are fearful of returning to the office with unvaccinated peers. In order to ease their employees’ concerns and provide a safe work... More

Chile

New Tax Measures to Mitigate the Impact of the Health Emergency on People and Companies are Published

On April 24, Supreme Decree No. 611 of the Ministry of Finance was published, which authorizes some authorities to extend and establish certain tax measures to mitigate the impact of the health emergency caused by COVID-19 on people and companies. In particular, the new decree establishes... More
Colombia

Bulletin Real Time: Latest News

Beginning of Stage 2 of the National Vaccination Plan The Colombian Ministry of Health and Social Protection (Minsiterio de Salud y Protección Social) declared the initiation of stage 2 of the National Vaccination Plan against COVID-19 for the population between 60 and 79 years of... More

Brazil

Life Sciences & Healthcare January/2021

CRIMINAL Counterfeit VaccinesBy Andre Augusto Mendes Machado and Mariana Murad Leiva Counterfeiting vaccines may lead to criminal liability, usually for the crime foreseen in article 273 of the Brazilian Penal Code, that punishes with imprisonment from 10 to 15 years in addition to... More
Venezuela

Can Workers be Required to Get the COVID-19 Vaccine?

As of March 11, 2020, the date on which the World Health Organization (WHO) declared COVID-19 a pandemic, States have taken various measures such as social distancing, restriction of free movement, the closure of borders, among others, which have undoubtedly had a decisive impact on people... More

Argentina

Labor & Social Security Law Department Report - Regulatory Alert: Necessity and Urgency Decree No. 39/2021

    i.   To extend until December 31st, 2021, the occupational emergency declared by the Necessity and Urgency Decree No. 34/2019.       ii.   To extend the prohibition of dismissals... More
Guatemala

Telework in Guatemala

Although in Guatemala there is no legal frame for “Telework”, it could be said that it is a way in which services are provided in a location other than the employer's office or headquarters. What makes this modality so attractive? What is the key to make it work? The key is in... More

Peru

Guidelines for the State's Response to the Potential Impacts of the COVID-19 Pandemic on PPP Projects

On August 25, 2020, Board Resolution No. 003-2020-EF/68.0 was published in the Official Gazette “El Peruano”, approving the “Guidelines for the State's response to the potential impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic on Public Private Partnership projects” (the... More
Panama

Panama: The World of Turnkey Contracts, Partial Payment Accounts and Certificates of No Objection

For a long time, we have heard in different social media, for various reasons, some more positive than others, information related to Turnkey Contracts and the State indebtedness resulting from the Partial Payment Accounts (in Spanish, “Cuentas de Pago Parcial”) and Certificates... More

Cambodia

[Infographic] Key Considerations & Issues on COVID-19 Vaccine Rollout in the Lao PDR

As COVID-19 vaccinations roll out in the Lao PDR we take this opportunity to answer some of the key questions that are being raised by employers and employees. In our publication and at our upcoming live event, our labor experts outline the rights and obligations of employers and employees... More
Malaysia

Shearn Delamore & Co Legal Update March 2021 (1)

FINANCIAL SERVICES Further extension on short selling ban The Securities Commission Malaysia and Bursa Malaysia Securities Berhad announced a further extension, until 29 August 2021, of the existing suspension of Intraday Short Selling (IDSS) and Short Selling by Proprietary Day Traders... More

Thailand

Is Thailand Safe For Investors Amid the Coronavirus Outbreak?

Novel coronavirus is understandably causing a lot of panic and uncertainty around the globe. While legislators scramble to contain the virus’ spread, investors are also being forced to make weighty decisions with very little information as they attempt to navigate market uncertainty... More
China

Injury During Work for COVID-19 Vaccination – Will the Employer be Liable to Pay?

With the arrival of COVID-19 vaccines in Hong Kong, employers may wish to encourage or even require their employees to be vaccinated for protection. An interesting question arises: If an employee gets injured on their way to or from the vaccination venue, will the employer have to pay... More

New Zealand

Kalifa Review of UK Fintech: Should New Zealand Take a Similar Approach?

he recently published “Kalifa Review of UK Fintech” (Kalifa Review) is the result of an independent review that began in July 2020, with the objects of supporting growth and widespread adoption of fintech in the UK, and maintaining the UK’s global fintech reputation. The... More
India

Travel to India during COVID-19

This article has been updated based on the available information until 20th February 2021. As Government notifications are constantly revised, it is advisable to consult your attorney or visit the website of the relevant Government agency prior to travelling. Further, in additional to the... More

Indonesia

The Arrival of the Long Awaited KBLI Numbers in Fintech

On 24 September 2020, Statistics Indonesia (Badan Pusat Statistik ─ “BPS”) issued BPS Regulation No. 2 of 2020 on Indonesian Standard Business Classifications (Klasifikasi Baku Lapangan Usaha Indonesia ─ “KBLI”), which is known as the 2020 KBLI. The 2020 KBLI came... More
Singapore

The Mall is Dead, Long Live the Mall

Retail is facing its biggest reset post-pandemic. It survived multiple economic depressions, two world wars and a catastrophic fire. But after 162 years, Robinsons will be no more. The iconic Singapore department store may have been the pandemic’s latest casualty, but the truth is... More

South Africa

Africa Regulatory Insight: Coronavirus (COVID-19) Regulatory Measures

ENSafrica recently released Africa Regulatory Insight: Coronavirus (COVID-19) Regulatory Measures. This comprehensive report outlines the COVID-19 regulatory measures for each country across Sub-Sahara Africa, providing the sector, measure, effective date/status and key points and impact... More
South Africa

Can Employers Justify Compelling Employees to Receive the COVID-19 Vaccine?

South African law currently does not have any legislation that specifically requires employees to take the COVID-19 vaccination. The president was also emphatic that no one would be forced to take the vaccination, which is being rolled out in a governmental attempt to vaccinate 67% of the... More

South Africa

South African Employers: Are your Employees as Excited about the COVID-19 Vaccine as You Are?

The government’s recent announcement of its plan to roll-out the Coronavirus (COVID-19) vaccine nationwide has triggered many questions and concerns, highlighting a collision of seemingly conflicting rights and obligations in various spheres of life. With the first vaccines arriving... More
South Africa

Battling COVID-19: Mechanisms for Access to Antiviral Products and Diagnostics

IP landscape While the world is in the grip of the deadly COVID-19 pandemic, the patenting of pharmaceutical and biological compositions and the launch of generic products is even more hotly debated than before, particularly in the world's developing and least-developed countries. For... More

Nigeria

Legal 500 Country Comparative Guides

AELEX is the exclusive contributor to the Nigerian Chapter of The Legal 500 (Legalease): Franchise and Licensing Country Comparative Guides. The country specific Guide provides a pragmatic overview of how businesses can set up franchises and also license their technology... More
Nigeria

Post-No-Debit Orders on the Accounts of Customers: Limitation to the Powers of Regulatory Agencies and Financial Institutions

INTRODUCTION There are several government agencies regulating various sectors of the Nigerian economy. Most of these regulatory agencies are creation of statutes which usually specify their functions, powers and general mode of operations. While some of these agencies are responsible for... More

Nigeria

Innovations Covered Under the Value Added Services (VAS) Licence Framework in Nigeria

INTRODUCTION Information Communication Technology (ICT) has, without a doubt, greatly impacted virtually every industry, and the communications industry is no exception. Services such as bulk short message service (SMS), online games, data services, telemarketing, text messages and media... More
Nigeria

Data Backup and Security Guidelines as Impact Mitigation Strategies in Light of the COVID-19 Pandemic

The COVID-19 pandemic hit the world in an unprecedented manner and, in just a few months, it has had such a profound impact on the world of work. As a result, physical office premises were shut down and many employees were forced to work from home with little or no security policy in place... More

British Columbia

Can I Bring My Dog to Work After COVID-19?

As we look forward to returning to our normal routines, after we have all had the opportunity to be vaccinated, many people are wondering what permanent workplace changes will remain in place or will be introduced for workers; as well as the pets they either acquired or became more attached... More
Quebec

COVID-19: Planning for Capital Gains, Inheritance, Gift and Wealth Taxes

The deficits being generated by the emergency measures that the federal and provincial governments have implemented since March 2020 are a reminder of the magnitude of our governments' pre-crisis deficits. This situation will inevitably lead to a greater tax burden for businesses and... More

Quebec

Product Advertising in the Time of COVID-19: Health Canada and the Competition Bureau are on the Lookout for Misleading Claims

It’s been more than a year since the COVID-19 pandemic began, and many companies are attempting to market products intended to help consumers deal with the risks associated with COVID-19. Some of the most common examples of such products include face masks, testing devices, hand... More
Quebec

COVID-19 Products: Health Canada and Competition Bureau Watch Out for Misleading Claims

It’s been more than a year since the COVID-19 pandemic began, and many companies are attempting to market products intended to help consumers deal with the risks associated with COVID-19. Some of the most common examples of such products include face masks, testing devices, hand... More

Quebec

Studios and Designers: Are you Sure that you Own the Intellectual Property Rights to your Video Games?

The year 2020 will have been difficult for the vast majority of industries, and in particular for the arts, entertainment and recreation industry. The video game industry, however, is growing in leaps and bounds. For example, Nintendo and PlayStation have each set record sales for their games... More
Quebec

Work, Lockdown and Curfew: Answers to Your Questions

In order to reduce community transmission and preserve everyone's safety and that of our healthcare system, the government requires everyone to make extra efforts, both in their private lives and at work. The closure of retail businesses, save for some exceptions, is maintained, the... More

Quebec

Teleworking: What are the Allowable Expenses for Employees and Tax Impacts for Employers?

The COVID-19 pandemic has changed Canadian workplaces. For many organizations, the pandemic and its containment measures have fast-tracked the shift to teleworking.  In this context, the Canada Revenue Agency (the “CRA”) and the Agence du Revenu du Québec... More
British Columbia

Can B.C. Businesses Force Employees and Customers to Wear Masks?

On November 24, 2020, British Columbia issued a Public Health Order requiring the use of masks in all public indoor spaces in the province (the “Order”). In this blog post, we answer some frequently asked questions posed by business owners and employers about the... More

United Arab Emirates

COVID-19 Measures in Dubai and Abu Dhabi

New measures to curb the “second wave” of COVID-19 cases have been introduced by the Dubai Supreme Committee of Crisis and Disaster Management (the Dubai Committee) and the Abu Dhabi Emergency Crisis and Disasters Committee for COVID-19 Pandemic (the Abu Dhabi Committee). On 1... More
United Arab Emirates

COVID-19 and Commercial Leases in the UAE

The Covid-19 pandemic has swept the globe like a tsunami and it continues to impact countries and their economies worldwide. The UAE is no exception. Businesses have come under increased cost pressure as revenues decline. Such cost pressure primarily involves real estate leasing costs. In... More

United Arab Emirates

COVID-19: Entry into the Emirates of Dubai and Abu Dhabi

On 12 September 2020, the UAE Ministry of Health and Prevention (MoHAP) reported 1007 new COVID-19 cases in the UAE. With the number of cases rising both within the UAE and in most other countries, the UAE government has reiterated the importance of adhering to preventive guidelines and has... More
United Arab Emirates

Cram Down Financings in the Era of Covid-19

We are in unprecedented times. The Covid-19 pandemic has swept the globe like a tsunami and it continues to wreak havoc on countries, people and economies. The effects of the pandemic are evident now. For example, the US unemployment rate is presently at 14.7%. In the peak of the financial... More

United Arab Emirates

Recent Measures Implemented in Abu Dhabi in Response to COVID-19

On 30 May 2020, the Abu Dhabi Media Office posted through Twitter that the Department of Government Support has eased restrictions on some activities and issued a set of guidelines for working from and visiting government entities in Abu Dhabi. The guidelines below come into effect from... More
United Arab Emirates

Post Eid al Fitr Reopening Guidelines and Easing of Movement Restrictions

On 26 May 2020, Dubai Economy published the “Post Eid al Fitr” reopening Guidelines which took effect from Wednesday 27 May 2020 and include updates to the protocols for the wholesale and retail trade including salons and barbershops as well as valet parking. The Guidelines also... More

United Arab Emirates

Revised Measures in Response to COVID-19: Sterilisation and Opening Timings and an Updated List of Violations and Fines

On 18 May 2020, the UAE government announced the following timings with effect from today, 20 May 2020: the National Disinfection Programme will take place between 08:00pm (not 10:00pm) to 06:00am the following day. working hours of butchers, mills and cafes will be from 06:00am to 08:00pm.... More
United Arab Emirates

DMCC Employment Guidelines during the COVID-19 Precautionary Measures Period

The DMCC Authority recently passed DMCC Guidelines 1 of 2020 (DMCC Guidelines) setting out what actions DMCC employers can take with respect to their employees during the COVID-19 Precautionary Measures Period. DMCC entities can: • Request employees to work remotely and implement... More

Barbados

COVID-19: Barbados Regulatory Update

In December 2019, health officials in Wuhan, China informed the World Health Organization ("WHO") of a strain of "pneumonia" affecting members of its population.1 This "pneumonia" was later identified as a severe acute respiratory syndrome coronavirus... More
Bahamas

Employment Update on the Government's Stimulus Measures in Response to COVID-19

On Monday, 30th March 2020, the Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Finance, the Honourable K. Peter Turnquest addressed the House of Assembly to provide an overview of the expected economic fallout in The Bahamas from the Covid-19 pandemic along with some details as to the... More

Bahamas

Information Privacy and COVID-19

In the wake of the COVID-19 outbreak, the business community is faced with unprecedented threats to their cyber-infrastructure and data. Sensitive data, in particular, will be vulnerable to security breaches as a result of reduced human power under emergency legislation. Moreover, criminal... More
Bahamas

COVID-19: Potential Employment Related Issues

In recent weeks, Governments around the world have been grappling with how best to combat the spread of the Coronavirus (COVID-19). The Bahamas is no exception. To date the Prime Minister has issued two Emergency Orders aimed at ensuring the health and safety of persons within The Bahamas.... More

Bahamas

COVID-19 - Force Majeure Clauses VS. Contractual Obligations

The impact of Covid-19 is becoming more prevalent throughout the economic landscape of The Bahamas. Most recently, in an effort to contain the spread of the virus, preventative measures involving the closure of non-essential local businesses for a specified duration were introduced by the... More
British Virgin Islands

Eastern Caribbean Supreme Court Adopts Measures to Ensure Continuity in Response to COVID-19 Impact

O’Neal Webster hopes that you, your family, your co-workers, and communities are staying healthy and positive during these challenging times. With the surge of the new coronavirus COVID-19 cases around the globe, and now in the Caribbean, all major stakeholders in the British Virgin... More

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