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Increased Liability for Breach of Measures to Prevent the Spread of Coronavirus (COVID-19)
ALRUD Law Firm, April 2020

Due to the active spread of coronavirus infection COVID-2019, the Russian authorities, at both the federal and regional levels, are taking significant measures to ensure the self-isolation of citizens. These measures include increasing the liability for violation of measures for preventing the spread of coronavirus infection, which caused adoption of a number of legislative acts. 1...

Corporate Governance and Insolvency Law Amid the Coronavirus Crisis
Fischer Behar Chen Well Orion & Co., April 2020

Dear Clients and Colleagues, Among its other consequences, the ongoing global outbreak of Novel Coronavirus 2019 (COVID-19) has resulted in an economic crisis. In this legal update we present insolvency law issues which may arise during the crisis and we also propose practical solutions for dealing with challenges that companies may face. 1...

Superintendence of Environment and the Environmental Assessment Service Extend Term Suspension Measures in the Context of COVID-19
Carey, April 2020

I. Superintendence of Environment orders the extension of the terms suspension in sanctioning proceedings and other actions. On March 30, 2020 the Superintendence of Environment (“SMA”) issued Exempt Resolution No. 548 (“Res. 548”), which extended the term suspension measures ordered by means of Exempt Resolution No...

Further Measures Implemented by the UAE Authorities in Response to COVID-19
Afridi & Angell, April 2020

The UAE continues to implement new measures on a daily basis to curb the spread of COVID-19. Those measures are being adopted, announced and implemented at a very rapid pace. For ease of reference, we present here a summary of the key measures that have been implemented by various UAE authorities between 18 March 2020 and the time of this inBrief, 9:00 a.m. on Friday, 3 April 2020...

New Law Modifies 30-Days Payment System
Carey, April 2020

On April 3rd, 2020, a new Law that amends Law No. 19,983, which regulates the transfer and grants direct enforceability to the copy of invoices, on certain aspects that were recently amended by Law No. 21,131 on 30-days payment, was enacted . The most relevant modifications introduced by this Law aim to benefit small sized businesses (micro, small and medium sized businesses as per defined in Law No...

In the Nick of Time: Department of Labor Issues Regulations Interpreting the Families First Coronavirus Response Act
Dykema, April 2020

On April 1, the DOL provided employers with further clarity on the FFCRA by publishing temporary regulations. These regulations will be effective from April 1, 2020, until December 31, 2020—the same effective period of the FFCRA. Also relevant to employers, the IRS issued guidance regarding the FFCRA tax credit...

Law No. 21.225 to Support Families and Micro, Small and Medium Enterprises due to COVID-19 and Procedure for Obtaining and Recovering Passwords
Carey, April 2020

Law No. 21,225 to Support Families and Micro, Small and Medium Enterprises due to Covid-19   On April 2, 2020, Law No. 21,225, which materializes some of the measures of the Emergency Economic Plan announced by the Government of Chile last Thursday, March 19, was published. The measures contained in this law are the following: Family Income Support Bonus for recipients of certain family subsidies and individuals or families from the most vulnerable 60% of the population...

SBA Issues Interim Final Rule for the Paycheck Protection Program
Dykema, April 2020

On April 2, 2020, the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) issued an interim final rule, providing additional guidance on the Paycheck Protection Program (PPP). Click here to read the full text of the Interim Final Rule. Here are some of the highlights of new and/or clarified information from the previous guidance issued by Treasury and SBA and the text of the CARES Act: Eligibility Only U.S...

Law on Court Deadlines
Carey, April 2020

  1. The Chilean Supreme Court is vested with the powers to order the suspension of hearings whenever they cannot be carried out because no basic guarantees can be offered for due process because of the restrictions imposed by the Government in the context of the constitutional exception state, such as the limitations to freedom of movement or to the entry into or exit from certain territories, or due to the consequences of the sanitary emergency...

Supplemental H-2B Rule Placed On Hold
Dykema, April 2020

The USCIS has announced, in a tweet, that its proposed rule that would have authorized up to 35,000 new H-2B visas has been placed on hold and no new visas will be issued due to the economic effects of the COVID-19 pandemic. The tweet states: To clear up various misreporting – DHS’s rule on the H-2B cap is on hold pending review due to present economic circumstances. No additional H-2B visas will be released until further notice...

Labor Board Promotes the Suspension of Collective Bargaining During Health Emergency / Resolution by the Labor Board on the Labor Effects of Health Measures Issued by the Authority
Carey, April 2020

Labor Board promotes the suspension of collective bargaining during health emergency   On Monday, March 16th, the Labor Board issued Service Order No. 1, which on the option of extending the term for collective bargaining in order to defer the day of voting for a strike...

Lets Talk About Insurance: Are we Covered in COVID-19 Situation?
Nestor Nestor Diculescu Kingston Petersen, April 2020

COVID-19 brought a tremendous disruption of normal daily life/business affecting personal life and businesses alike. People and companies/ institutions alike are in continuous assessment of solutions and compromises to mitigate the impact of the COVID – 19 pandemic. In the context of a continuously evolving environment, we all need to adapt and try to keep control on negative impact...

Decree No. 420 to Support Families, Employees and Micro, Small and Medium Enterprises Due to the Difficulties Generated by the COVID-19
Carey, April 2020

On March 30, Decree No. 420, which contains various tax measures that seek to provide greater liquidity to companies, SMEs and employees, was published. The Decree No. 420 considers the following measures: 1. Deferral of the payment of VAT corresponding to the months of April, May and June 2020, under the following rules: to...

Moratorium on Bankruptcy Proceedings
ALRUD Law Firm, April 2020

In an expedited process, a Federal Law amending several legislative acts was passed by the State Duma and Federal Council of the Russian Federation. In particular, the law envisages use of the power of the Government of the Russian Federation to impose, in extraordinary cases, a moratorium on insolvency proceedings and provides a legal regime of such moratorium...

COVID-19: Expected Amendments to Labour Code
Cechova & Partners, April 2020

The Government of the Slovak Republic approved on 31 March 2020 further draft bills in connection with the COVID-19 pandemic. One of these is also an act amending the Labour Code[1]and other particular laws in the field of employment and social security. You can find a brief summary on this amendment below...

Friday Deadline Looms for Pennsylvania Businesses Seeking Exemption from Shutdown Order
Spilman Thomas & Battle, PLLC, April 2020

According to the Pennsylvania Department of Community and Economic Development ("DCED"), Pennsylvania businesses have until 5 p.m. on Friday, April 3, 2020 to seek an exemption to Governor Wolf's order requiring "non-life sustaining businesses" to close physical locations. Businesses that do not file their exemption by the deadline may lose the opportunity entirely. The application can be found on the DCED’s website...

USCIS Extends Office Closures Until May 4, 2020
Dykema, April 2020

The USCIS has announced it will extend its suspension of in-person services at its field offices, asylum offices, and application support centers (ASCs) until May 4, 2020. It has also indicated it may extend these closures beyond that date if needed. USCIS will continue to provide limited emergency services during these closures...

OSHA Considerations and COVID-19
Spilman Thomas & Battle, PLLC, April 2020

Even though OSHA has advised that no specific standard covers the novel coronavirus, human resource and safety personnel must be mindful of the generally-applicable standards that might apply. In addition to recording requirements on OSHA 300 logs, there are five standards that merit particular attention in the COVID-19 context...

COVID-19 Updates - Indian IP Offices Functioning
Kochhar & Co. Advocates & Legal Consultants, April 2020

The Indian Government has announced a full nationwide lockdown for three weeks (until April 14, 2020) in order to contain the spread of Covid-19. Accordingly, the Indian Trade Marks Registry, Patents and Design Office have been closed till April 15, 2020. Nevertheless, the online filing portal of Indian IP offices is operational. All deadlines falling till April 15, 2020 will become due on the day when the IP offices re-open...

Construction Sector Mitigation Measures in the Face of COVID-19
MinterEllisonRuddWatts, April 2020

Some construction companies are just weeks away from collapse – including private principal developers and contractors. As parties battle out what contractual relief looks like for the Alert Level 4 lockdown, it is encouraging to see a focus on mitigation measures. This focus spans across all levels: mitigation as an industry; collaborative mitigation steps by parties for projects; and the requirement on contractors to mitigate their loss...

COVID-19 and Real Estate: This Could be the Last Straw that Broke Camels Back
Kochhar & Co. Advocates & Legal Consultants, April 2020

Given below is the link to the article on the captionedsubject. The article discusses the impact of COVID-19 on the Real Estate sector as India’s largest employer and the recent measures announced by the Reserve Bank of India (RBI).The article authored by Divya Malcolm, partner, Kochhar & Co. Mumbai has been published online on Governance Now. Please click the link below to read… http://www.governancenow...

COVID-19 "Antivirus Programme" Key Financial Assistance for Employers in the Czech Republic- Part I
Kocian Solc Balastik, April 2020

Are you considering how to maintain employment of your employees and minimize economic losses? Take a look at what financial instruments the state has prepared for entrepreneurs whose employees have been affected, directly or indirectly, by government measures taken to combat coronavirus...

Treasury Department Releases Preliminary PPP Guidance and Application
Dykema, April 2020

On March 31, 2020, the U.S. Department of the Treasury, which is supporting the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) in administering the Paycheck Protection Program (PPP), and SBA issued preliminary guidance on the program and made available the form of application...

COVID-19 - "Antivirus Programme" - Key Financial Assistance for Employers in the Czech Republic - Part II
Kocian Solc Balastik, April 2020

(continuation from Part I - separate article) Part II - "Antivirus Programme" - Financial Assistance to Czech Employers   The Ministry of Labour and Social Affairs was mandated by the Government to further prepare a compensation program for entrepreneurs who continue to operate but whose production has decreased due to measures (category C of the Antivirus Programme)...

Food Law and Safety During COVID-19
Dykema, April 2020

The coronavirus pandemic has impacted the food industry, just as it has many others. The good news is that food-to-person transmission of the disease does not seem to be a risk. The challenge remains keeping workers safe from airborne and surface transmission. However, the FDA and the USDA have provided guidance and recommendations to food producers to deal with COVID-19, links to which have been provided below. The guidance focuses on stopping the person-to-person spread of the disease...

 

 

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