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A Farmer's Guide to the EU Settlement Scheme and Skilled Worker Visas
Shepherd and Wedderburn LLP, June 2021

Free movement of workers from the European Economic Area (EEA) was ended by Brexit and the UK Government introduced the EU Settlement Scheme to bridge the gap between the UK’s two immigrations systems of those coming from the EEA, and those coming to the UK from outwith the EEEA. The EU Settlement Scheme is a mechanism for any EEA citizen who lived in the UK before 31 December 2020 to remain lawfully in the UK...

How is Future Inheritance and Entitlement Under a Trust Treated in Divorce?
Shoosmiths LLP, June 2021

The court has to have regard to the “income, earning capacity, property and other financial resources that each party to the marriage has or is likely to have in the foreseeable future” (Section 25(2)(a) Matrimonial Causes Act 1973). Property and other financial resources can include expectations under a will and beneficial interests under a trust. Expectations under a will It is rare for a future entitlement under a will to be treated as a financial resource...

New Plans for the UK Immigration System
Shoosmiths LLP, June 2021

The Government has published its first statement setting out its vision for legal migration and border control as part of the new plan for immigration. This article summarises the key goals that form part of the vision. The statement sets out key delivery priorities for 2021 – 22...

Policies and Practical Tips to Prepare for a Hybrid Work Culture
Schwabe, Williamson & Wyatt, June 2021

Prior to the pandemic, companies allowed remote work sparingly and where necessary because of the location of certain key players in other states or countries. Many employers felt that remote work was not practical, citing technology gaps and company culture. According to a survey of 600 IT decision-makers conducted in May 2020 by research firm Vanson Bourne for Xerox Holdings Corp...

HKMA’s Announcement on “Fintech 2025” Strategy
Deacons, June 2021

On 8 June 2021, the Hong Kong Monetary Authority (HKMA) unveiled “Fintech 2025”, a new strategy aiming to drive fintech development in Hong Kong. In essence, “Fintech 2025” seeks to encourage the financial sector to adopt technology in their businesses and transactions comprehensively by 2025 by focusing on the following five key areas: 1...

Shearn Delamore & Co Legal Updates June (1)
Shearn Delamore & Co., June 2021

Financial ServicesBNM issues Corporate Strategic Plan policy document for DFIsOn 27 May 2021, Bank Negara Malaysia (“BNM”) issued the Corporate Strategic Plan (“CSP”) policy document, applicable to all development financial institutions (“DFIs”) prescribed under the Development Financial Institutions Act 2002...

OSHA Issues COVID-19 ETS for Health Care Employers, Updated Prevention Guidance for All Other Sectors
Dinsmore & Shohl LLP, June 2021

Last week, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) issued a COVID-19 Emergency Temporary Standard (ETS) for employers only in the health care sector in response to President Joe Biden’s January Executive Order on Protecting Worker Health and Safety. The ETS becomes effective on the date it is published in the Federal Register, which is yet to be determined. In addition, OSHA promulgated new non-binding guidance for employers in all other sectors...

Vietnam: COVID-19 & Employee’s Entitlements – Key Considerations
DFDL, June 2021

In light of the continuing Covid-19 outbreak in Vietnam and various regulations issued by the Government and the Ministry of Labor, Invalids and Social Affairs (“MOLISA”), some key considerations remain with respect to employee entitlements that employers must address and make due preparations for, as outlined below: 1...

Thailand’s First Initial Coin Offering Using Real Estate Backed Security Tokens Approved by the Thai Securities and Exchange Commission Expected to Raise THB 2.4 billion
DFDL, June 2021

On 22 May 2021, SPV77 Co. Ltd., a special purpose entity set up to issue and offer Siri Hub Investment Digital Tokens (“SIRIHUB”) to investors secured approval from the Securities and Exchange Commission (“SEC”) for the country’s first Initial Coin Offering (“ICO”). The first ICO approval by the SEC follows three years of legal changes starting with the passage of the Emergency Decree on Digital Asset Business Operation B.E. 2561 (2018)...

An Employer's Guide to the Additional Bank Holiday Announced for 2022
Shoosmiths LLP, June 2021

An additional bank holiday has been announced to take place in June 2022 to mark Her Majesty the Queen's Platinum Jubilee. But are all employees automatically entitled to paid time off and what approach should employers take? What is changing? Next year, the Spring Bank Holiday (normally due to take place on the first Monday in May) will be moved to Thursday 2 June. The additional Bank Holiday will then take place on Friday 3 June...

Key Cases for Employers who Recognise a Trade Union
Shoosmiths LLP, June 2021

We've seen two trade union-related decisions being handed down within a week of each other: Mercer v Alternative Future Group Ltd and Nexus v NURMT & Unite. For those employers with recognised trade unions the decisions are worth taking a closer look at. Mercer v Alternative Future Group Ltd Mercer is not good news for employers...

When and How Should Employers be Using a Data Protection Impact Assessment?
Shoosmiths LLP, June 2021

A Data Protection Impact Assessment (“DPIA”) is a process which helps employers to identify, analyse and minimise the data protection risks of a project. But when should employers be using a DPIA and what makes a DPIA effective? When should employers be using a DPIA? The Data Protection Act 2018 (the Act) states that a DPIA must be implemented before any processing is undertaken which is “likely to result in a high risk” to individuals...

Workplace Testing and Vaccinations: What Employers Need to Know
Shoosmiths LLP, June 2021

Workplace testing has proven to be a crucial piece in the UK government’s jigsaw to get British business back on its feet. But how can businesses implement a workplace testing programme  and will the vaccine roll out make a difference? What is a lateral flow test? In March 2021, the government confirmed that almost 50,000 businesses had registered for free and regular lateral flow tests through the government funded workplace testing scheme...

UK Cities Investor Guide
Shoosmiths LLP, June 2021

As we emerge from the pandemic, UK cities have a positive future – from the growth of digital broadcasting in Manchester to the positive future for inward investment; from what is needed to preserve our high streets to excitement around the Birmingham 2022 Commonwealth Games. The UK Cities Investor Guide is a bi-annual publication produced in partnership with EG, and tackles some of the key challenges and opportunities facing the real estate investment market...

EEOC Offers New Guidance on Workplace COVID-19 Vaccination Programs
Waller, June 2021

On May 28, 2021, the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) released long-anticipated updates to its guidance regarding COVID-19 vaccinations.  In addition to clarifying the confidentiality requirements for vaccination information and guidelines for instituting vaccination incentive programs, the EEOC provided additional direction for employers implementing mandatory and employer-sponsored voluntary vaccination programs...

Enhanced Disciplinary Regime with Emphasis on Holding Individuals Including Senior Management Accountable for Listing Rule Breaches
Deacons, June 2021

On 20 May 2021, The Stock Exchange of Hong Kong Limited (Exchange) published conclusions to its consultation on review of the Rules Governing the Listing of Securities on the Exchange (Listing Rules) relating to disciplinary powers and sanctions The Exchange decided to implement all the proposals in the consultation paper (see our previous client alert “Hong Kong Stock Exchange proposes to enhance disciplinary regime to deter misconduct” published in August 2020),

Raquel Alvarenga in HR Magazine: ‘Fully Vaccinated Workers May Need COVID-19-Related Accommodations’
Haynes and Boone, LLP, June 2021

Haynes and Boone, LLP Counsel Raquel Alvarenga talked with HR Magazine about continued COVID-19-related accommodations for vaccinated employees.Below is an excerpt:Many businesses have developed policies on providing reasonable accommodations to employees who refuse to get a COVID-19 vaccine for religious or disability-related reasons. Employers shouldn't forget that fully vaccinated workers may need accommodations, too.In recently updated guidance, the U.S...

Will Vaccine Passports be Required in our Workplaces: Guidance on Vaccine Passports and Policies
Lawson Lundell LLP, June 2021

With increasing numbers of Canadians being immunized each day against COVID-19, the question on many peoples’ minds is whether Canadians will be asked to prove they are vaccinated by way of a vaccine passport. Vaccine passports can take a range of forms, but the defining feature is a verified record of a person’s immunization status...

The End of Mandatory Telework?
ALTIUS/Tiberghien, June 2021

On Friday 4 June 2021, a new Ministerial Decree was published in the Belgian State Gazette that includes new provisions regarding telework. For the time being, telework remains compulsory and employers remain obliged to register their non-teleworkable positions with the National Social Security Office (NSSO) and to provide workers whose presence at the workplace is needed with a certificate confirming this fact...

ESG Principles at Work in Diversifying Governance
Dinsmore & Shohl LLP, June 2021

Dinsmore's Richik Sarkar was published in Bank Director this week discussing the need for diversity and inclusion within governance structures. Read an excerpt below...

Who Is That Masked Employee and Is She Vaccinated? Employers Wrestle with New CDC Guidelines
Bradley Arant Boult Cummings LLP, June 2021

Do you trust your employees about their vaccination status, or do you need to see proof? Since the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s (CDC) new mask guidance came out last week, many employers have been wrestling with the question of how best to determine the COVID-19 vaccination status of their employees...

Five Good Reasons to List your Company on the Stock Exchange and Opt for Equity Financing
Lavery Lawyers, June 2021

In 2020, the pandemic disrupted the Quebec economy and the trend continued in 2021. After a difficult year for local businesses, there is an opportunity for business owners to rethink their business model as they develop their recovery plan. In this context, an initial public offering and equity financing might be a good idea...

Amendments to the Business Corporations Act Permit Virtual Meetings in British Columbia
Lawson Lundell LLP, June 2021

Virtual shareholder meetings have become ubiquitous for both public and private companies since the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic. Canadian securities regulators, stock exchanges and federal and provincial governments quickly responded to accommodate electronic meetings where it was otherwise not permitted. In British Columbia, Ministerial Order No...

Businesses Dealing in Virtual Currency Face New AML and Reporting Requirements in Canada
Lawson Lundell LLP, June 2021

In May 2021, the total value of cryptocurrency globally surpassed USD $2.5 trillion, and continues its emergence as a new asset class.[1] Governments in Canada and around the world are updating regulatory requirements in response to the new innovations in financial technologies. Historically, there has been regulatory uncertainty surrounding cryptocurrencies in Canada...

EEOC Gives Okay for Employer's Vaccine Incentive Programs in Certain Instances
Hunton Andrews Kurth LLP, June 2021

Since the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic, the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) has frequently released guidance on the many employment law compliance issues that have arisen as a result of the pandemic. The latest guidance issued by the EEOC concerns whether employers may implement vaccine incentive programs to encourage employees to get vaccinated without running afoul of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) or the Genetic Information Discrimination Act (GINA)...

 

 

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