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Covid-19 Bill 2020 – An Employment Perspective
Shearn Delamore & Co., August 2020

The Temporary Measures for Reducing the Impact of Coronavirus Disease 2019 (Covid-19) Bill 2020 (“the Covid-19 Bill”) was tabled for its first reading in the Dewan Rakyat of Malaysia on Wednesday, 12 August 2020...

A New Hong Kong Structure for Private Equity Funds: Limited Partnership Funds
Deacons, August 2020

The Limited Partnership Fund Ordinance (LPFO), which provides for registration of eligible funds as limited partnership funds (LPFs) in Hong Kong, will come into operation on 31 August 2020. The enactment of the LPFO is a very welcome development, and is part the Hong Kong government’s stated aim to enhance the competitiveness of Hong Kong in becoming a preferred centre for international asset and wealth managers in Asia...

COVID-19 Anti-Epidemic Fund: Second Tranche of Employment Support Scheme Announced
Deacons, August 2020

On 8 April 2020, the Government rolled out the first tranche of the Employment Support Scheme (ESS) for subsidising wages of employees (see our client alerts dated 14 and 20 May 2020 for details of the ESS and its implementation). The Government has just announced details of the second tranche of the ESS covering September to November 2020, which are summarised below...

COVID-19 in the Workspace: Is Enough Enuf?
Bradley Arant Boult Cummings LLP, August 2020

You’ve been to the webinars about COVID-19. You’ve read the trade publication tips. You’ve implemented measures to protect your workers. You’re ahead of the game, right? Well, you’re certainly ahead of the sheriff who reportedly instructed his employees not to wear masks in the office. If a visitor enters Sheriff Billy Wood’s office with a mask, she or he will be instructed to remove it...

Returning from Home Office - What Employers Have to Consider
Heuking Kühn Lüer Wojtek, August 2020

When the corona pandemic broke out, many employers allowed their employees to work in home office or even forced them to do so. In the meantime, many uncertainties have been clarified and the desire for normality is increasing among both employers and employees. Therefore, in the following, we will describe what employers must take into account when employees return from home office. 1...

Entitlement of the Employee to Postpone the Already Approved Holiday in Corona Times
Heuking Kühn Lüer Wojtek, August 2020

The summer holidays have already begun in most of the federal states or are about to begin. Due to the Corona pandemic, most holiday plans could not be realized during the Easter holidays. Although the travel warnings for most countries in the EU were lifted in time for the summer holidays, it is still not possible to enjoy "normal" holidays this year...

New Hires Despite Short-Time Work?
Heuking Kühn Lüer Wojtek, August 2020

Due to the Corona pandemic and the associated economic effects, numerous companies were forced to announce short-time work over the past few months. This raises the question for employers to what extent it is still possible to hire during short-time work and what effects this has on short-time working compensation. NEW HIRES DURING SHORT-TIME WORK First of all, a distinction must be made between new hires before and after the introduction of short-time work...

Tennessee enacts COVID-19 Recovery Act
Waller, August 2020

Tennessee Governor Bill Lee has signed into law the Tennessee COVID-19 Recovery Act which provides liability protection from claims related to the COVID-19 pandemic. The Waller Government Relations team worked closely with the Tennessee Chamber of Commerce and Industry and various stakeholders in recent months to achieve passage of the Tennessee COVID-19 Recovery Act...

New Rules on Temporary Unemployment from 1 September 2020: Start Preparing Now
ALTIUS/Tiberghien, August 2020

From 1 September 2020, new rules on temporary unemployment will enter into force. Companies and sectors that are substantially affected by the COVID-19 crisis can continue to apply the current and simplified COVID-19 force majeure temporary unemployment regime until 31 December 2020. The list of in-scope sectors has yet to be determined by the minister of work...

Skilled Nursing Facilities Face Enforcement Challenges in COVID-19 Environment
Bradley Arant Boult Cummings LLP, August 2020

Skilled nursing facilities have faced unprecedented challenges since the outbreak of the coronavirus pandemic. Individuals with many high-risk characteristics are the typical patients of these facilities. Add to this, necessarily close proximity of these patients, scarcity of personal protective equipment and shortage of testing common across the healthcare industry, and you have a perfect storm of increased risk with limited options for mitigation...

Senior Living Communities Eligible for PREP Act Protection
Hanson Bridgett LLP, August 2020

In an August 14, 2020 response to a letter written on behalf of the American Seniors Housing Association and Argentum, the General Counsel’s office of the Department of Health and Human Services has determined that senior living communities are a “covered person” under the Public Readiness and Emergency Preparedness (PREP) Act, which creates immunity from liability for the administration or use of “Covered Countermeasures” in response to COVID-19...

First Circuit Decision Underlines Risk of Criminal HIPAA Enforcement
Buchalter, August 2020

On August 6, 2020, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the First Circuit affirmed the conviction of Massachusetts gynecologist Rita Luthra for criminal HIPAA violations and obstructing a health care investigation. Although such HIPAA prosecutions are uncommon, the case underscores the risks health care providers and others run when handling protected patient information and when speaking with government investigators...

PPP Forgiveness Planning Scenarios
Verrill, August 2020

How to use this article: You already know that the Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) is highly complex, with intertwining conditions, exceptions, and definitions that defy simple explanation. This article assumes that you are pretty familiar with PPP terminology as relates to your business. We present nine different scenarios commonly found within the PPP recipient pool and offer an intentionally over-simplified discussion of when and how you should apply for forgiveness...

EU Recovery Prospectus – Planned Facilitation of the Equity Issuance Through an Abridged Securities Prospectus
Heuking Kühn Lüer Wojtek, August 2020

In order to tackle the effects of the Corona crisis, it is planned at EU level to temporarily facilitate the raising of equity capital for companies. This will enable certain issuers to publish a shortened prospectus with only 30 pages instead of a full prospectus to issue shares. Through this, issuers will have the option to issue shares at short notice, without bureaucracy and inexpensively, thereby improving the debt-to-equity ratio in their balance sheets...

COVID-19 and its Impact on Women at Work
Shoosmiths LLP, August 2020

  COVID-19 has undoubtedly had a significant impact on workplaces across the UK. However, what is becoming increasingly clear is the impact which it has had and continues to have on women in work. We consider the statistics and how employers should respond. What do the statistics show? 1. Sectors During lockdown, women were more likely to work in the sectors that had to completely shut-down such as hospitality (23% of women vs 16% men in these industries)...

The Madrid Protocol is Finally on its Way
Deacons, August 2020

Did you know? The new Trade Marks (Amendment) Ordinance 2020 which came into effect on 19 June 2020 empowers the Registrar of Trade Marks to make the rules for implementing the long-awaited Protocol Relating to the Madrid Agreement Concerning the International Registration of Marks (the “Madrid Protocol”) in Hong Kong...

CMS Announces Initiative to Transform Rural Health
Waller, August 2020

A new reimbursement model intended to address healthcare access and availability in rural communities was introduced by The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) Innovation Center. The Community Health Access and Rural Transformation (CHART) Model will “provide up-front investments and predictable, capitated payments that pay for quality and patient outcomes,” according to CMS...

That Un-Masked Man: Can a Business Ask a Customer Who Refuses to Wear a Mask Because of a Disability to Leave?
Bradley Arant Boult Cummings LLP, August 2020

In the COVID-19 era, many employers and businesses are wrestling with unprecedented issues...

New York Federal District Judge Rejects Key Aspects of the Families First Coronavirus Response Act (FFCRA)
Hanson Bridgett LLP, August 2020

Key Points New York federal district court vacates the DOL’s “health care provider” definition in the DOL’s Final Rule implementing the Families First Coronavirus Response Act. The court also vacates the DOL’s employer consent requirement for intermittent leave and the “unable to work” requirement for receipt of leave benefits. The national impact of the decision is currently unknown as the DOL contemplates next steps...

Does the Cloud of Vaping-Related Injuries Portend a Storm of Litigation?
Bradley Arant Boult Cummings LLP, August 2020

Electronic cigarettes and vaping have been heralded by many as a safer alternative to smoking traditional cigarettes. An outbreak of illnesses last fall allegedly related to vaping, however, ignited public hysteria and will almost certainly lead to substantial mass tort litigation aimed at manufacturers of e-cigarette devices and vaping liquids...

IRS Confirms Use of COVID-19 Leave-Sharing Plans
Bradley Arant Boult Cummings LLP, August 2020

The Internal Revenue Service (IRS) has recently published frequently asked questions addressing leave-sharing plans related to the COVID-19 pandemic. Following IRS Notice 2006-59, the IRS has confirmed that employers may set up leave-sharing plans to permit their employees to deposit leave in an employer-sponsored leave bank for use by other employees who have been adversely affected by the COVID-19 pandemic...

Office of the Future: COVID-19 is Changing How and Where we Work
Waller, August 2020

COVID-19 is having a transformational impact on American workplaces, which has short- and long-term consequences. Waller partners Bo Campbell and Aron Karabel join this episode to address the transformation. Campbell, a leader on Waller's real estate team, discusses the impacts on commercial leasing and how the work-from-home phenomenon will impact office trends and future development projects. Here is a transcript of the conversation: Morgan Ribeiro, Host Welcome to PointByPoint...

Physician Practice M&A: A Pandemic-Inspired 6-Step Checklist for Sellers
Waller, August 2020

As healthcare providers pursue transactions during and in the wake of COVID-19, both buyers and targets should prepare for heightened scrutiny during the due diligence process. Getting organized ahead of a sale can dramatically expedite timelines and reduce deal fatigue for all parties, particularly in light of the heavier-than-normal due diligence process as a result of the pandemic. Click here for a full PDF of this report...

Redundancy and Liquidation Severances in Russia: New Rules
ALRUD Law Firm, August 2020

On 13th August, Federal Law dated 13.07.2020, No. 210-FZ specifying the procedure and establishing new rules of severance payments, in case of dismissal due to liquidation of the organization, or redundancy, comes into force.In case of the dismissal due to the organization’s liquidation, all payments shall be made to employees prior to its completion...

Social and Economic Emergency Plan for the Algarve
PLMJ, August 2020

The Algarve has been seriously affected by the social and economic impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic. In this context, on 29 July 2020, the Portuguese Parliament published Resolution no. 51/2020 in which it recommend the adoption of a social and economic emergency plan for the Algarve (“Plano de emergência social e económico para o Algarve”) by the Portuguese Government. The recommended measures set out in Resolution no...

 

 

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