Employment and labor
Employers have obligations for the health and safety of their employees and to protect their personal data. As a result, employers must bear in mind their duty of care to their employees: What testing can they request of employees? Can they prevent an employee from attending at the workplace? What payments are employees entitled to if they are unable to attend work? What must an employer consider with homeworking? What are the employer’s obligations if it becomes necessary to shut down the workplace? How much information can employers ask about an employee's health and with whom can they share it? What are the risks if we fall short of our usual data protection compliance standards when dealing with this crisis?
UAE: COVID-19 employment update
The UAE Ministry of Human Resources and Emiratisation (the “Ministry”) on Thursday, March 26, 2020, issued Ministerial Decision No. 279 of 2020, the title of which translates as “Decision Concerning Employment Stability in Private Sector Establishments During the Implementation Period of the Precautionary Measures to Limit the Spread of the Novel Coronavirus” (the “Decision”).
UK: Alternatives to redundancy: A guide for UK employers
The economic effects of the outbreak of coronavirus (COVID-19) for many businesses are significant and likely to endure for a long period of time.
US: COVID-19 and emerging strong on the other side: A checklist of preparatory considerations
We highlight some of the issues businesses will confront in the interim and when life returns to normal.
US: COVID-19: Working from home and employer reimbursement of remote-work expenses
The new work-from-home reality has implications for employers with workers employed in California and other states.
UK Pensions Briefing | TPR guidance on suspending Deficit Repair Contributions
The current Covid-19 pandemic is a fluid and fast-moving situation with the Government’s guidance and advice being updated daily.
UK: COVID-19 issues for pension scheme trustees
The COVID-19 (coronavirus) pandemic is constantly evolving, with the Government’s advice being updated daily.
Canada: Preliminary analysis of the new Canada Emergency Response Benefit Act
On March 25, the Canada Emergency Response Benefit Act (Act) was passed to provide financial support to workers suffering a loss of income for reasons related to COVID-19 (CERB).
Canada: Unprecedented layoffs during a global pandemic
As Canada deals with the many challenges arising from the COVID-19 pandemic, many employers across the country are faced with the possibility of laying off some or all of their employees on a temporary basis.
US: Congress pursues mitigating impact of COVID-19 with Families First Coronavirus Response Act
FFCRA contains measures to protect Americans’ personal safety and financial security from the effects of the coronavirus.
Canada: The SUBP and the Work-Sharing temporary special measures in 4 questions
As they contend with the global crisis caused by COVID-19, employers are increasingly welcoming such support mechanisms as the Supplemental Unemployment Benefit Plan (SUBP) and the Work-Sharing special measures.
COVID-19: Legal update on employment issues in Australia
Employers and employees are struggling to understand their rights and responsibilities at this time.
Covid-19: The Italian Government and ABI to support SMEs
As a consequence of the epidemiological emergency caused by COVID-19 (coronavirus), the Italian Government and the Italian Banking Association (ABI) have approved a number of measures to support micro, small- and medium-sized companies (SMEs) (as defined by the European Commission Recommendation No. 2003/361/EC of May 6, 2003 ), facing the economic impact of COVID-19.
US: Critical COVID-19 labor and employment issues for employers
COVID-19 continues to stress US employers attempting to prevent the disease from spreading in their workplaces while continuing to operate.
Canada: Temporary layoffs: What Canadian employers need to know during a pandemic
As we all weather the COVID-19 (coronavirus) storm, we aim to keep employers up to date as circumstances (and employment standards legislation) seem to change by the hour.
US: Website accessibility for the sight and hearing impaired during a pandemic
As educational institutions, dining establishments, retail outlets and other places of public accommodation shutter their doors in response to fears over the spreading coronavirus, individuals are turning to the internet to meet their needs more than ever.
US: NY State employers: Job-protected time off must be provided to employees subject to COVID-19 quarantine
New time off requirements for New York State employers (the "NY COVID-19 Law").
US: State of the Union: COVID-19 now
US: Hospital and healthcare system legal teams will learn the latest news and best practices.
US passes federal coronavirus response act
A summary of the paid sick leave and emergency FMLA leave provisions of the FFCRA.
Canada: Immigration and COVID-19: Don’t take anything for granted
In the context of the global outbreak of COVID-19 many foreign nationals in Canada are wondering how this impacts their rights as temporary and permanent residents.
US: State of the Union: COVID-19 now briefing
As the US works to combat the coronavirus, healthcare providers must consider the evolving guidance and maintain compliance with current requirements.
Canada: Update for Quebec employers: What to do if COVID-19 results in a business interruption?
But what can be done when a business interruption, even a temporary one, must be considered?
Pandemic: Top Five Q&A in Canada
First pandemic declared by the World Health Organization since H1N1.
Canada: COVID-19 (Coronavirus): Legal implications Canadian employers need to consider in a global pandemic
Watch part one of our webinar coverage on COVID-19 (coronavirus).
Canada: Coronavirus spike: An update for employers
The number of cases of the novel coronavirus around the world has increased sharply, including several more announced in Canada, the United States, and Mexico.
Australia: Navigating your business through the coronavirus outbreak
The global reaction to the initial outbreak of the coronavirus has already had devastating effects in Queensland, particularly on the tourism industry.
US: Coronavirus requires employers to consider multiple legal issues
Exploring employer obligations under US federal labor laws, including strategies companies should implement immediately.
Canada: Coronavirus outbreak: What employers can do
Important points Canadian employers should review including leave entitlements, duty to accommodate and right to refuse work and overtime.