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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.

In light of the coronavirus outbreak in China, President Trump issued a Presidential Proclamation limiting the entry of most foreign nationals who were physically present in China during the 14-day period before their attempted entry into the United States. This travel restriction took effect at 5:00 PM ET on February 2. Below are details for employers to understand your obligations and best practices during this time.

The European Court of Justice recently held that EU member states must require employers to set up an “objective, reliable, and accessible system” to measure each worker’s daily working hours in order to satisfy the Working Time Directive. In the 2019 case brought from Spain, the ECJ held that employers must establish systems that accurately record every employee’s working hours in order to make sure they are working within the legal limits.

To tackle the karoshi (“death by overwork”) problem, Japan enacted the Workstyle Reform Act in June 2018. The Act requires employers to implement specific measures to limit employees’ working hours and create a healthier and more flexible work environment. The Ministry of Health, Labour and Welfare has set different compliance deadlines ranging from April 1, 2019 to April 1, 2023 for different requirements of the Act. This staggered schedule gives employers sufficient time to amend their work rules and put compliance mechanisms in place. The compliance deadlines also depend on the size of the employer as defined below.    

Following the conclusion of Pride Month, it seems only fitting to address a relevant outcome in the cross-border context, which also has an impact on global employers and their employee benefits offerings. In, Leung Chun Kwong v Secretary for the Civil Service and Commissioner of Inland Revenue [2019] HKCFA 19, the Hong Kong Court of Final Appeal (“CFA”) – Hong Kong’s highest court – held that same-sex couples who are legally married overseas, in jurisdictions where same-sex marriage is recognized, such as the U.S. (same-sex marriage is not currently legally recognized in Hong Kong) are entitled to the same spousal employment and tax benefits enjoyed by heterosexual married couples in Hong Kong.

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