Employment & Immigration updates

Germany

Contributed by Mayer Brown
COVID-19: back to business after lockdown guidance for employers
  • Germany
  • 03 June 2020

After several weeks of quasi-lockdown in Germany and immense public pressure to lift limitations imposed by the COVID-19 pandemic, an increasing number of companies are starting to resume their activities. For some, this means increasing the number of employees who can come in and work from a company office, rather than from their homes. For others, it means a complete restart of operations. In these situations, employers are faced with myriad legal requirements with which they must comply.


Lebanon

Employer-employee relationships amid COVID-19 pandemic
Obeid Law Firm
  • Lebanon
  • 03 June 2020

The government has adopted exceptional measures to manage the spread of COVID-19. These measures have had an unprecedented impact on employers and employees, which have been adjusting to the rapidly changing situation triggered by the pandemic and the national economic crisis. Faced with the intensifying economic impact of both crises, business owners have been forced to introduce adequate changes to the way in which they work.


Spain

Contributed by CMS Albiñana & Suárez de Lezo
Extraordinary employment-related measures in fight against COVID-19: regulatory update
  • Spain
  • 03 June 2020

The government has adopted several extraordinary employment-related measures in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. Moreover, since a state of emergency was declared, Spain's employment authorities have published countless guidelines and instructions relating to the practical application of such measures. This article summarises the key employment-related measures adopted since the state of emergency declaration.


USA

Contributed by McDermott Will & Emery
COVID-19: guide for US businesses
  • USA
  • 03 June 2020

With the COVID-19 pandemic continuing to affect every facet of life, businesses have much to consider. This article covers the provisions available to employers in the United States and the key questions that they are asking, including topics such as the Families First Coronavirus Response Act, furlough, access to the workplace, reductions in hours and employers' obligations concerning employees who are experiencing symptoms.


United Kingdom

Contributed by Lewis Silkin
Government's immigration stance on frontline workers proves controversial
  • United Kingdom
  • 03 June 2020

The Home Office recently published an expanded list of COVID-19 frontline workers' occupations entitling them and their family members to a free and automatic one-year extension of leave. The expanded list includes biochemists, midwives and paramedics. Controversially, other frontline health and social care workers – in particular, care workers and home carers – have been excluded from the extension arrangements.

Sickness and sick pay – FAQs for employers as COVID-19 lockdown restrictions ease
  • United Kingdom
  • 03 June 2020

The government has set out its roadmap for gradually easing the COVID-19 lockdown restrictions, but as employees begin to return to work, there will continue to be many individuals who are unwell or required to self-isolate. This article answers some of the most frequently asked questions about sickness absence and sick pay during the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, including the rules on statutory sick pay and the position of people who are self-isolating, shielding or otherwise vulnerable.