Requirement for COVID-19 testing of travelling employees introduced in Denmark

A bill adopted by the Danish parliament requires employers to ensure that travelling employees are PCR-tested for COVID-19 after entry into Denmark. There are currently strict restrictions on entry to Denmark due to coronavirus. Now, after being fast-tracked through parliament, a bill has been passed to reduce the risk of travelling employees bringing COVID-19 infection with them.  With the adopted bill, employers who employ workers travelling into Denmark to work are required…

Code of Practice on preventing workplace bullying in Ireland: how should employers respond?

This article reviews the main points employers should consider in a new Code of Practice for Employers and Employees on the Prevention and Resolution of Bullying at Work that came into effect in Ireland last month. The new Code replaces two previous documents on this topic. One had exactly the same title and the other was called the Code of Practice Detailing Procedures for Addressing Bullying in…

Strenger als der EuGH erlaubt?

Deutscher Sonderkündigungsschutz des Datenschutzbeauftragten auf dem Prüfstand Muss ich als Unternehmen einen Datenschutzbeauftragten bestellen? Externer oder interner Datenschutzbeauftragter? Einmal Datenschutzbeauftragter immer Datenschutzbeauftragter? Solche oder so ähnliche Fragen sollten Sie sich stellen, bevor Sie über die Bestellung eines Datenschutzbeauftragten nachdenken. Denn Achtung: Der Datenschutzbeauftragte genießt nach deutschem Recht (noch?) Sonderkündigungsschutz. Das BAG stellt den deutschen Sonderkündigungsschutz nunmehr aber grundsätzlich in Frage und hat Bedenken, ob der…

Rewarding employees: new clarity on benefit plan rules in Italy

The Italian Tax Authority has released new guidance clarifying how employers can use benefit packages to reward employees. In particular, the Authority has ruled that plans cannot be used to reward individual performance but only to retain employees and distribute company profits.  Employee benefit packages have a growing impact on companies’ management of their resources and local tax authorities have to deal with the fiscal impact of these packages more and more. The Italian Tax Authority (Risoluzione n….

COVID-19: what regulatory action are governments taking on pensions in the UK and beyond?

The UK Government and the Pensions Regulator have been very active over the past few months, introducing financial assistance, regulatory flexibilities and guidance aimed at helping employers and pension schemes to deal with the impact of COVID-19. This article provides details, followed by a comparison with other jurisdictions. Delaying or reducing pension scheme contributions To try and help employers to ease cash flow problems caused…

Please check your temperature: or don’t? Data privacy questions from Germany

What are the data protection implications of temperature checks as a Covid-19 precaution? This article investigates, with reference to a current investigation by the Hesse Data Protection Commissioner.  After the phase of coronavirus-related remote working, still in use in many companies, the question now arises as to what measures must and may be taken when returning to work onsite, to check whether an employee may…

Effects of short work allowance (“Kurzarbeitergeld”) on the residence status of foreign employees

Employers who employ third-country nationals (i.e. employees who are not German citizens or nationals of EU or EEA member states or Switzerland) and who apply for short work allowance (“Kurzarbeitergeld”) in the course of the corona crisis are confronted with the consideration whether applying for short work allowance may have a negative impact on the residence status of these employees. The Federal Ministry of the…

Italy introduces new health, safety and economic support measures to manage the coronavirus epidemic

Italy has put in place a range of new measures to contain the COVID-19 virus and provide economic support.  A Decree of the President of the Council of Ministers (DPCM) approved on 22 March 2020 saw the Italian government introduce further measures for the containment and management of the COVID-19 health emergency. These measures will apply nationwide. The government’s further intervention became necessary in view of the latest developments in the…

How do the new French containment and proposed emergency measures impact employers?

The French Government announced wide-ranging containment measures for Covid-19 on 16 March 2020. It has also published an Emergency Bill that includes measures to mitigate and manage the impact of the pandemic. This article examines how they affect employers.     On the evening of 16 March 2020, the French Government issued a decree setting out the new containment measures necessary to limit the spread of the covid-19 virus.  For the time being, these containment measures do not limit…

Skilled Immigration Act from 1st March 2020: Changes for Employers

On 1st March 2020, the Skilled Immigration Act will come into force in Germany. It will primarily amend the Residence Act (AufenthG) and therefore change the rules applicable to employers regarding the employment of third-country nationals. The Skilled Immigration Act intends to simplify and speed up the employment of skilled workers from outside the EU, EEA and Switzerland with a university degree or vocational training….