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Australia, like many other countries, is amending its laws and regulations in light of the world-wide coronavirus pandemic. Here are answers to some common questions affecting employers with operations or interests in Australia. Please note that the situation changes daily if not hourly, so make sure to always check the latest information published by the national and local governments.

As we know, the current pandemic is having an adverse economic impact on employers.  Even if businesses have not been required to close, many have been suffering a loss in revenue. As a result, many companies are analyzing their budgets for ways to cut costs and likely considering a reduction in payroll. But should French employers be quick to lay off employees? Maybe not, as France’s COVID-19 stimulus package offers companies an opportunity to take advantage of government funding and, hopefully, get back on track with their skilled and trained workforces intact once the crisis comes to an end.

In a special Presidential Decree, President Putin announced a national paid week off period between March 30 and April 3, 2020, with limited exceptions. Banks, financial markets, food merchants, and pharmacies will remain open, as well as emergency services providers. All health and vacation resorts will be closed until June.

Amid the COVID-19 pandemic, China has decided to temporarily suspend the entry of foreign nationals into the country effective 28 March 2020. This includes entry into China for foreign nationals holding visas or residence permits at the time of this notice.  

The UK Government has announced measures to support UK employers that are struggling to pay employees during the COVID-19 pandemic.  Below are some FAQs for employers interested in participating in the UK’s Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme.  

Germany, like many other countries, is amending its laws and regulations in light of the world-wide coronavirus pandemic. Here are answers to some common questions affecting employers with operations or interests in Germany. Please note that the situation changes daily if not hourly, so make sure to always check the latest information published by the national and local governments.

Canada, like many other countries, is amending its laws and regulations in light of the world-wide coronavirus pandemic. Here are answers to some common questions affecting employers with operations or interests in Canada.  Please note that the situation changes daily if not hourly, so make sure to always check the latest information published by the national and local governments.

Japan, like many other countries, is amending its laws and regulations in light of the world-wide coronavirus pandemic. Here are answers to some common questions affecting employers with operations or interests in Japan. Please note that the situation changes daily if not hourly, so make sure to always check the latest information published by the national and local governments.

UK residents are being urged to stay home and work from home if possible. This request comes after bars, restaurants, and gyms have since been closed in the UK to curb the spread of COVID-19. 

It is no secret that President Trump’s ongoing immigration enforcement efforts include dramatic increases in I-9 inspections and worksite investigations. In his most recent budget proposal, President Trump requested funds for 4,600 new ICE (Immigration and Customs Enforcement) personnel. But his proposal also contains funding for new computer systems – including one called HAWke – designed to help ICE and HSI (Homeland Security Investigations) automate the I-9 inspection process. These developments mean it is virtually guaranteed that ICE will be going after employers’ I-9s this year at a level never seen before.

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