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Posts from April 2020.

As the lockdown measures adopted by governments around the world begin to take a toll on companies’ revenues, some employers are exploring their options to terminate employees. Singapore is one of the most employer-friendly jurisdictions in Asia, but employers should still be mindful of various issues when terminating employees there. 

The Japanese government declared a state of emergency on April 7, 2020 affecting Tokyo, Kanagawa, Saitama, Chiba, Osaka, Hyogo, and Fukuoka. The state of emergency goes into effect April 8 and lasts until May 6. The prefectural governments have the power to determine their own measures, which are expected to follow those taken by the Tokyo Metropolitan Government.

Singapore, 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 Singapore.

Following advice from the Ontario Chief Medical Officer of Health, on April 3, 2020, Ontario updated the list of essential businesses that can remain open after 11:59 p.m. on April 4, 2020. Businesses that are not on the list of essential businesses must close their physical locations. Teleworking and online commerce is permitted for all businesses.

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.

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